The Little Mill Blog Competitions

  • Are you ready for the chocolate wars? The Little Mill Junior Baking Competition

    by Kathy Purcell

    Baking competition

    It’s that time again, when Kilkenny comes alive with food stalls, cookery demonstrations, food talks and all things foody from October 27th to 30th for the Savour Food Festival. The Little Mill is delighted to be involved once more with its Junior Baking Competition. This year we are focusing on Chocolate, asking our junior bakers to amaze us with their recipes using our stoneground wholemeal flours and chocolate.

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  • Share the Love - We have a winner!

    by Kathy Purcell

    Share the love

    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!

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  • Share the Bake love - Writing Competition

    by Kathy Purcell

    intergen baking

    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.

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  • Aoibheanns Wholemeal Apple Cake

    by Kathy Purcell

    Apple Cake

    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.

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  • The Little Mill Wholemeal Raspberry and Fresh Cream Cake - by Adele Beubry

    by Kathy Purcell

    Wholemeal Raspberry and Fresh Cream Cake

    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!

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  • Louisa's Plum and Blueberry Upside-Down Cake - Under 12 Clash of the Cakes Winning Cake Recipe

    by Kathy Purcell

    Plum and Blueberry Upside-Down Cake

    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.

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  • Clash of the Cakes! Young Bakers -it's your time to shine! (Baking Competition)

    by Kathy Purcell

    Little Mill Competition

    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.

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  • Clash of the Cakes - Junior Baking Competition

    by Kathy Purcell

    Clash of the cakes - Baking Competition

    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!

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  • Th Little Mill & Waterford Harvest Festival Baking Competition

    by Kathy Purcell

    Harvest Festival Competition

    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.

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  • The Little Mill Baking Competition Winners

    by Kathy Purcell

    Grace Quirke winner of the under 18 category

    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:

    Under 18

    Grace Quirke Cinnamon Buns

    Aironas Miliauskas Wholemeal Crunchy Cones

    Ailish Doyle Carrot Cake with a Halloween Twist

    Sophie Treacy Baked Vegetable Samosa

    Under 12

    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

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