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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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  • Meet the Baker - Eoin Jenkinson

    by Kathy Purcell

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    Eoin Jenkinson comes from a long line of master bakers, we are delighted to have him here with us at The Little Mill. He is passionate and inspiring about food, but particularly baking. Here he answers a few questions for us…

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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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  • 5 Reasons to Love The Little Mill

    by Kathy Purcell

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    It’s easy to love The Little Mill…here’s why…

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  • Green, White & Gold Scones - Happy St. Patrick's Day

    by Kathy Purcell

    St. Patricks Day Scones

    Next Friday the world will turn green as we celebrate St. Patrick’s day. Here in Ireland it is still March and as we say the month of many weathers. So what better way to warm yourself up after watching your local parade showcase yet another lot of combine harvesters than some lovely freshly made scones and a hot cup of tea.

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  • When love lets you down, there is always CHOCOLATE!

    by Kathy Purcell

    Wholemeal Chocolate Cake

    Valentines, for some the most romantic day of the year, for others a cynical marketing ploy on behalf of greeting card companies. Whatever your romantic status on this St. Valentine’s day, one thing is for sure, chocolate won’t let you down when it comes to giving you that warm fuzzy feeling! It’s all down to phenylethylamine and tryptophan, that help create serotonin and stimulants, which mimic the feelings of falling in love. So now that the science lesson is over, get the apron on, show someone you really care by baking a delicious wholemeal chocolate cake. Feel the love!

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  • Enthusiasm is the yeast that raises the dough - Our visit to Castlecomer Community School

    by Kathy Purcell

    Eoin at Castlecomer School

    We certainly know how to keep Eoin Jenkinson busy, between getting ready for Kilkenny’s newest festival “Yulefest” and baking up recipes from our Clash of the Cakes entries, we wonder how he manages to fit in visits to schools! The Little Mill was once again on tour to local schools spreading the love of baking. This time it was off to Castlecomer Community School where Eoin had a session with secondary school pupils on the topic of yeast and baking with yeast or as Eoin prefers, no yeast!

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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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  • A whole lotta summer!

    by Kathy Purcell

    Brown Bread Crumble with Strawberries, Cream, Shortbread biscuits and Lemon Curd

    Nothing says summer more than strawberries and cream. Here at The Little Mill we have given that much loved summer treat a little wholemeal twist, by adding brown bread crumble and a small dollop of lemon curd to add a little zing!

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  • Tóg É Go Bog É with a St. Patrick's Wholemeal Cupcake

    by Kathy Purcell

    St. Patrick's Day Wholemeal Cupcakes

    Tóg É Go Bog É, or take it easy as they say, and we can’t think of a better day to do that than on our National holiday. Enjoy a healthy wholesome treat with your cupán tae this St. Patrick’s with our Wholemeal Cupcake Recipe. It’s easy and fast, so get out those mixing bowls and get the kids involved in making a delicious wholesome treat!

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