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Ariel House; Savoury Sandwiches

Dainty savoury sandwiches are an essential introduction to the ceremony of afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is a tradition that is as much about the conversation as it is about the treats. Savoury sandwiches should be no more than three bites and essential that you can hold it in one hand. When preparing afternoon tea you […]

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Ariel House; Zesty Orange Cake.

“No matter what the question is, cake is the answer” A moist cake that is easy to slice up is always a joy to serve to people. This orange cake is the very cake for you if you have people calling and you want to serve them up something delicious alongside a hot cup of […]

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Ariel House; Best Irish Potato Cakes!

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.” ― A.A. Milne Here […]

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Ariel House Recipes; Lamingtons

We made lamingtons this week in our kitchen after one of our chefs came across them in a cookbook and thought they looked delicious. He definitely wasn’t wrong as they are to die for! Light coconut sponge, dipped in chocolate icing and rolled in desiccated coconut, what’s not to like about a lamington! Ingredients; 175g […]

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Ariel House; Crispy Bacon Soda Bread

Soda bread is such a traditional Irish thing to make in your kitchen. It is such a quick bread and because baking soda is used as a leavening agent you can make it and eat a round of soda bread within an hour! The joy of eating fresh soda bread, slathered in real Irish butter, […]

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Ariel House; Sticky Buns!

These sticky buns made with an enriched bread dough are so deliciously moreish and impossible to resist. A layer of sticky maple butter and chopped walnuts will you have you licking your fingers and asking for more. There are quite a few steps in the recipe but the end result is worth it. We took […]

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Ariel House; Hello September!

I always feel that September brings with it an air of new beginnings and fresh starts. Our summer season is drawing to a close and school is back, which for me feels like the start of a new year. We will soon be walking along paths filled with crunchy orange leaves and complaining about dark […]

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Our Top Five Afternoon Tea Recipes from Ariel House!

We are so excited as tonight our favourite baking show The Great British Bake Off is back! We are looking forward to lots of new recipes, fancy fondants, rum babas, outrageous cakes and some traditional baking thrown in for good measure. It is such a wonderful show and the whole family can sit down and […]

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Ariel House Favourites; Mini Chocolate Muffins

Mini Chocolate Muffins These mini chocolate muffins are always a hit with our guests and are almost always the first things to disappear from our cake stand. The combination of the light sponge mixture and the luscious topping is absolutely delicious and one of them is definitely never enough.    Ingredients (makes 12 muffins) 60g […]

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Ariel House Favourites; Apple & Cinnamon Cake

Ariel House Favourites; Apple & Cinnamon Cake! We love looking through cookbooks and testing out various different cakes that we think our guests will like. Mary Berry is one of our favourite bakers and we love her baking cookbooks as her recipes always turn out well and are loved by our guests. We came across […]

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