It is difficult to think of ways to keep busy when there is nowhere to go. However, our Springdalers have been coming up with lots of great ideas. Many have been busy baking delicious treats and have shared their ideas while we are all apart.

The Bakers!

 

Hopefully we will get the chance to try a few recipes over the coming weeks.

While some people have included recipes and photos, others have included one or the other. I have numbered matching recipes and photos below – enjoy!

1. Lily’s Carrauntoohil Soda Bread

Ingredients:
250g Coarse Wholemeal Flour
200g Plain Flour
1 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 Tsp Salt
350 – 400ml of Buttermilk
Green Good Colouring
Butter for when baked and cooled!

Method:
Sieve the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.
Add the wholemeal flour and mix the dry ingredients well.
Make a well in the middle of the flour.
Measure out 400mls of Buttermilk and add one teaspoon of green food colouring and mix well.
Add the buttermilk a little at a time and mix quickly making sure your dough is not too wet – you do not have to use all of the buttermilk!
Flour a board and a baking tray.
Turn out your dough onto a board and shape into a round about 1.5 – 2 cms in depth.
Make a cross on your dough to let the Fairies out!
Transfer your dough on to your floured baking tray.
Put in a pre-heated oven at Gas Mark 8 for 15 minutes then turn down to Gas Mark 6 for thirty minutes or until your bread sound hollow when tapped underneath.
Cool on a wire rack.
Slice and spread with butter and ENJOY!

2. Apple and Cinnamon American Pancakes by Grace Hayden   with thanks to Julien, the Chef

Ingredients:
300g Plain Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
3eggs
400ml Buttermilk
50g Butter
A Pinch of Salt
1tsp Sunflower Oil for Frying
2 Apples Peeled and Sliced
100g Caster Sugar
1 Lemon Juice
Pinch Of Cinnamon
30g Butter
Optional To Serve 250ml Lightly Whipped Cream

Method:
Mix together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.
Beat the eggs with the buttermilk and whisk in the buttermilk to make a thick smooth batter.
Beat in the melted butter.
Leave to rest for 30 minutes minimum or keep aside until required.
In the meantime, in a pan, over a medium heat, melt the sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice together until it forms a caramel.
Add the apple to the pan and toss to coat the pieces of apple.
Cook on a medium heat for 2-4 minutes.
Add the butter to create a rich toffee sauce and set aside.
Then, heat some sunflower oil or clarified butter in a large non-stick frying pan.
Drop a tablespoon of the batter per pancake into the pan.
Make 3-4 pancakes at a time and cook for about 3 minutes over a medium /low heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake
Then turn and cook for another 2-3minutes.
Serve warm with the caramelized apple and a dollop of whipped cream

3. Conor C’s Flapjacks

Ingredients:
• 250 g butter
• ½ lemon zest
• 140g light brown sugar
• 85g golden syrup
• Pinch of salt
• 85g self-raising flour
• 340g porridge oats
• Chocolate chips

Method:
• Preheat the oven to 170*.
• Grate the zest of half a lemon.
• Gently melt the butter, sugar, syrup and a pinch of salt in a saucepan.
• Sieve the flour into a bowl and add the porridge oats and lemon zest and chocolate chips.
• Add the melted butter mixture to the bowl and mix well. Spoon the mixture into a lined tin and pres into an even layer.
• Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

4. Cara’s Lemon Biscuits

Ingredients:
• 125 g butter
• 100 g caster sugar
• 1 egg
• 200 g plain flour
• 2 lemons , zest of
• ¼ teaspoon baking powder
• 1 pinch sea salt
• plain flour , for dusting
• 3 tablespoons demerara sugar

5. Banana and Strawberry Bread

Ingredients:

Mix wet ingredients in a small bowl
1 mashed banana
2 eggs
1tablespoon cooking oil
A few drops of vanilla essence
1 cup of milk

Mix dry ingredients in large bowl
4 cups self raising flour
1 cup drinking chocolate
2 teaspoons caster sugar
Pinch of salt

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients in the large bowl . Slowly add in the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the large bowl. Stir in chocolate chips (optional). The mix should be dropping scone consistency. Add more milk if necessary

6. Chocolate Banana Bread

Ingredients:

Mix wet ingredients in a small bowl
1 mashed banana
2 eggs
1tablespoon cooking oil
A few drops of vanilla essence
1 cup of milk

Mix dry ingredients in large bowl
4 cups self raising flour
1 cup drinking chocolate
2 teaspoons caster sugar
Pinch of salt

Method:

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients in the large bowl . Slowly add in the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the large bowl.. stir in chocolate chips (optional). The mix should be dropping scone consistency. Add more milk if necessaryPut in a loaf tin
Bake in a preheated oven at 230C /450f/ Gas Mark 8 for 15 minutes, then turn down the oven to 200 degrees C /400 F Gas Mark 6 for 25 minutes or until cooked

Take out put on wire rack to cool smoother the top with nutella and chocolate bears (optional) and enjoy!

7. American Style Rice Krispies

Ingredients:

50g butter
200g marshmallows
150g crisped rice cereal

Method:

Melt butter and marshmallows in a pan. Once completely melted add to cereal. Mix well. Scoop into buttered dish and press down until firm. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

8. Shortbread Jam Cookies

Ingredients taken from the Irish Independent (21/03/2020)

 

Click the link below to watch Ava’s movie on meringues:

Ava’s Meringue Ideas