Irish Apple Cake with Irish Cream Sauce

Irish Apple Cake with Irish Cream Sauce This is a true favourite here at Ballyknocken Cookery School – blessed with a lovely orchard, we can’t help ourselves but make cake! Serves:  8 to 10 For the topping 70g butter 70g brown sugar 1 tsp cinnamon ½ lemon, zest only...

Ballyknocken Cottage Pie

If in doubt what to make for a tasty comforting dish, my mother always returned to her family cottage pie recipe – every time I taste this, it brings back so many fond memories of growing up here on the farm. Sometimes we swapped the beef for lamb – to make a...

Matcha Mocktail ~ St Patrick’s Day Mocktail

Matcha Mocktail Makes 2 60ml lemon and lime sugar syrup 2 tsp matcha powder 2 tbsp aquafaba Sparkling water, to top up   You’ll need 2 champagne coupes   Pour the lemon and lime syrup into the shaker, add the matcha powder and aquafaba and give a...

Mother’s Day Gift Vanilla Biscuits

Vanilla Biscuits Makes about 20 depending on the size of your cutter   90g butter 1tsp vanilla extract 100g caster sugar 250g flour 1 egg yolk 3 to 4 tbsp water   You’ll need alphabet cutters Place the butter, vanilla and sugar into a mixer bowl and cream...

Chocolate Pancakes (Pancake Tuesday)

Chocolate Pancakes Makes 6 depending on the size   For the pancakes / crepes 180g plain flour 3 tbsp cocoa powder ½ tsp baking powder 200ml milk 60ml water 2 eggs 2 tbsp rapeseed oil Rapeseed oil, for frying   For the filling 100g natural yoghurt 200g mixed...

Lovebug Cocktail (Valentines Cocktail)

Lovebug Cocktail Makes 2   Red sugar, to decorate the glasses Ice 100ml vodka 200ml cranberry juice Juice of ½ lime Glacé cherries, to decorate Lemonade, to top up (optional) 2 sprigs of mint, to decorate   How to make red sugar, use 50g caster sugar and red...