Thursday, 15 March 2012

Kathleen’s top bake for St Patrick’s Day


 Kathleen’s Apple and Nut Tea Loaf
As it’s St Patrick’s Day on 17 March, I asked my saxophone teacher if she had knew any favourite Irish recipes we should share with you. She immediately contacted her sister, the cook in the family, who writes this lovely story about their childhood treat and passes on a delicious recipe for an Apple and Nut Tea Loaf.  I love the idea of sprinkling demerara sugar on the top before baking as it gives it a lovely crunchy topping.

Kathleen’s  Apple and Nut Tea  Loaf                     
225g/8oz self raising flour

110g/4 oz butter

1 cooking apple

50g/2oz sultanas

50g/2oz chopped nuts

110g/4 oz caster sugar

1 teaspoon mixed spice

2 eggs

1 tablespoonful demerara sugar (for sprinkling on top)


Pre heat the oven to 170 degrees Centigrade/ Mark 3, 325F. Rub the butter into the flour until it ressembles breadcrumbs. Peel and chop the apple into small pieces. Add the apple, sultanas, nuts, sugar and spice to mixture. Add 2 eggs, well beaten, and stir well. Pour into a 1 kg/2lb greased loaf tin and sprinkle with the demerara sugar. Bake for about 1 hour and enjoy.
Grandma Abson’s tips :

·         I used a teaspoonful of cinnamon as well as the mixed spice for this recipe. It goes well with apple.

·         If you use an eating apple rather than a cooking apple, you can easily reduce the amount of sugar and so ‘be sweet without the sugar.


Patricia sent me a lovely message :
“My name is Patricia and I am Maria's sister. She has been raving about you and Grandma’s baking. She mentioned you were looking for a special Irish baking recipe for St Patrick's Day. The things I can remember being made are Apple tart or Apple crumble.  People were poor and money was very scarce so I think they concentrated on main courses for dinners, savoury foods and breads. Growing up in the 1970s and 80s through the troubles was very challenging for our Mum. She was a fine cook although she wasn't confident. She always made an effort to celebrate certain occasions.  For St Patrick's Day, she set a green jelly. Later she prepared an orange or a yellow jelly and when it was cooled and starting to set she poured it on top of the green jelly. Angel delight was whipped up and that was our Irish special dessert. Mammy loved a Knickerbocker glory when on a trip to the sea side. I'm starting to think of a green yellow and orange Knickerbocker glory style dessert with green grapes, kiwis, mango, pineapple and mandarin orange. Our children would have fun making and eating that!  Anyway – here’s a recipe I did find from our Mammy’s collection. Kathleen was actually a friend of hers”

Thanks to Patricia and Maria for this wonderful story and recipe. If you have a recipe to share, please pass it on to me so we can share it just like Grandma used to do.


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