30 days has September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have 31,
Except February, it’s the one,
Which only has 28 days clear,
And 29 in each Leap Year.
We had a busy February here in Ariel House. Lots of visitors coming to stay and visiting for afternoon tea. Here are just some of the highlights of our month, all 29 days of it!
We shared a recipe for a good old fashioned queen cake which proved very popular on our social media accounts.
Back when we were younger, an Irish tea table was not considered complete without a plate of freshly made Queen Cakes upon it. In other houses, they were called fairy buns or butterfly buns, but in our house, they were always called Queen Cakes. The whole act of creaming the butter and sugar together, takes me back to my mother’s kitchen and I can almost hear the scrape of the wooden spoon working through the mixture. Queen Cakes are some of the simplest buns that you can make, perfect for beginner bakers or little hands to help with. Even better, these delicious treats take just a half an hour to conjure from start to finish. Such a pretty addition to any afternoon tea table!
Ingredients for 12 buns:
175g self raising flour
125g caster sugar
125g softened butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons of milk
Suggested Topping Ingredients:
100ml of raspberry jam
100ml of soft whipped cream
Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.
Line a 12 hole bun tray with bun cases.
Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth.
Gradually add the beaten eggs, if mixture starts to curdle, drop in a tablespoon of flour.
Add in the remaining flour and the milk.
Use an ice cream scoop to fill the paper cases and bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
Cool on a wire tray.
Once cooled, carefully cut a small slice from the top of each bun, cut this slice in half to resemble butterfly wings.
Pipe some cream and some jam on top before replacing the wings on the bun at a slight angle. Dust with icing sugar and voila, a memory of childhood awaits you!
We celebrated Pancake Tuesday with a variety of different toppings. Lemon and sugar was the most popular followed by streaky bacon and maple syrup!
Things to do in Dublin!
We shared this lovely article of ten amazing things to do in Dublin!
We bid farewell to one of our colleagues who has left to pursue her career in Art & History. We shared some delicious treats from the Camerino Bakery with her and enjoyed every single crumb.
Love was in the air!
Love was in the air as we celebrated Valentine’s Day and treated our guests to some delicious Victoria sponges!
“The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you”
That rounds up our highlights from February! We have a very busy March ahead, Mother’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and Easter are all coming up! Stay tuned for lots more recipes and things to do in Dublin over the St Patrick’s Festival!
Till the next time!