The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. In addition to being the sense most closely linked to memory, smell is also highly emotive. We all know the therapeutic effect that baking has on us, the ritual of mixing, the smell of the baking. What better subject to ignite the creative writing juices than memories of baking! The winner of our “Share the love” writing competition is Deirdre O’Brien who shared with us her lovely story of baking with her Grandmother. We hope you enjoy!
There’s a simple, but wonderful magic to baking. A magic that brings family and friends together. Fills an entire house with a welcoming aroma of warmth. Captures a cherished but fleeting moment in family life and forever preserves it in a smell, a taste, a particular baked treat. And that treat becomes a family tradition. Bread. Cake. Pastry. It doesn’t matter. What you bake with your family becomes a tangible, edible bridge between your grandmother’s kitchen and your own. Between the generations.
It’s baking season! Yes, its that that time of the year again..Christmas. A time when we not only allow ourselves to indulge but also have a little bit of spare time to really relax and bake new things for our friends and family.
We are delighted to feature another one of our “Clash of the Cake 2016” winners here, Aoibheann Buebry created this delicious wholemeal apple cake recipe, which we are sharing with you here.
Want a deliciously fresh cake to impress your friends at the Christmas lunch? Look no further than our under 18’s winner of this years Clash of the Cakes competition. Adele Beubry’s Wholemeal Raspberry and Fresh Cream Cake was lauded by our judges for its texture, taste and presentation. The recipe is here, give it a go at home!
Kilkenny is known for the clash of the ash, but we think it can safely be said it also takes the honour of being the Cat’s Meow when it comes to baking too! This year’s Little Mill / Savour Kilkenny baking competition was the biggest ever. We called on the young people of Kilkenny to give us a clash of cakes and that is certainly what we got! We had 65 entries and the standard was way beyond anything we could have imagined. The judges job was extremely difficult, and although the task wasn’t easy, an overall winner under each age category was chosen (under 18 & under 12) plus a number of runner up cakes. We would like to share with you the recipes from the winning entries over the next couple of weeks. So here you go, first up Louisa Bedrani’s Plum and Blueberry Upside - Down Cake.
It’s coming up to that time of year again, no not premature Christmas decorations. It’s Savour Kilkenny, the foodie event of the year and even better it is the 10th Anniversary of the festival. So it’s going to be a cracker!
We are running our baking competition once more, looking for all the wonderful creative bakers of Kilkenny to submit their delicious recipes and baked goods.
The Little Mill Clash of the Cakes!
Junior Baking Competition Under 18’s and Under 12’s
Kilkenny is well used to the clash of the ash, but what about clash of the cakes? We are looking for the ultimate wholemeal cake. Create recipes with whatever you like; chia or chocolate, carrot or cardamom -we are looking for you to inspire us!
The Little Mill Company is looking for the ultimate wholemeal cake. Create recipes with whatever you like; chia or chocolate, carrot or cardamom … we are looking for you to inspire us.
The only stipulation is that you use The Little Mill wholemeal, you can make a cake using just wholemeal or you can mix wholemeal with white flour, you imagine it and then create it!
Bring your bake along to the Theatre Royal Vestibule on Saturday, 10th September between 12pm and 3pm to enter this free competition! Judging takes place at 3pm sharp!
The Little Mill range of wholemeals are available from SuperValu stores in the Munster region. Go to the FOOD ACADEMY AISLE.
As part of the Savour Kilkenny food festival The Little Mill Company held a baking competition to find the best recipes using wholemeal flour. There was an overwhelming response and the standard of recipes entered was extremely high. The team of experienced judges commented on the innovation, quality and flavour of the food submitted by the young bakers.
Joe Mulhall one of the judges of the competition was delighted to see the enthusiasm of the young people involved “The baking skills demonstrated today have exceeded anything we could have imagined, the technical ability and the creativity has been inspiring for us to see, the future of baking in Ireland is safe!”
This is the first time that The Little Mill has participated in Savour Kilkenny and they were delighted with the festival. The company were proud to be awarded stall of the year as judged by Mairead Lavery of The Farmers Journal. The beautiful array of baking submitted by the young entrants brought the stall alive and attracted many viewers and compliments by visitors to the festival.
The winners were:
Grace Quirke Cinnamon Buns
Aironas Miliauskas Wholemeal Crunchy Cones
Ailish Doyle Carrot Cake with a Halloween Twist
Sophie Treacy Baked Vegetable Samosa
Caoimhe McEvoy The Little Mill Plait
Tiernaigh O’Neill Fuzzie Wozzie Spiders
Edie Maher Peach Upside down cake
Kaia McCallum Wholemeal Cheddar Cheese and apple Soda Bread
Emma O’Sullivan Blackberry & Apple Muffin
As part of Savour Kilkenny 2015, The Little Mill are looking for Kilkenny’s junior bakers to wow us with their baking prowess, using traditional stoneground wholemeal from The Little Mill range. In every house, there is a special recipe for brown bread handed down from generation to generation, we want you to use those traditional recipes as inspiration and put a modern twist on them. Competition categories are Under 18’s and Under 12’s.