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 this delicious recipe for Apple & Cinnamon cake recently and immediately knew it was going to be a regular. So moist, delicious and has only a handful of ingredients. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Ingredients (makes two 450g loaves)
- 200g self raising flour
- 75g of softened butter
- 100g of brown sugar
- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 3 cooking apples, peeled and cored
- 3 eggs, beaten
- Grease two loaf tins and preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Place the flour and butter in a bowl and rub with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the sugar and cinnamon.
- Dice 2 1/2 apples and add to the mixture along with the eggs. Beat until combined. Divide the mixture evenly between the two tins.
- Thinly slice the remaining apple half and place along the middle of each cake top.
- Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until the top is golden and a cake skewer is removed cleanly.
- Allow to cool for ten minutes in the tin then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
This is absolutely delicious served with a drizzle of fresh custard or cream or toasted with a pat of Irish butter spread on top! This apple & cinnamon cake will keep in a cake tin for 3-4 days and will also freeze very well.
Let us know how you get on if you try it! If you have the ingredients to hand you could be eating this in an hour!
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Garden Party Tips!
Summer has arrived and what better way to celebrate than to host a garden party. Bunting, scatter cushions, brightly coloured glassware and delicious nibbles will all combine to make an afternoon to remember. Such a lovely way to catch up with family & friends!
We adore these fabulous kilner drink dispensers and the matching handled jars, they would look so pretty sitting on top of a brightly coloured table runner and guests can easily serve themselves. Add some paper straws and cocktail umbrellas for a fun element!
Place scatter cushions and throws on grassy areas so guests can sit down and relax. Meadows and Byrne have beautiful homewares on sale at the moment and these cushions and throws would look equally as good on your sofa as on your lawn!
Bunting and fairy lights add a quirky look to your garden and as the evening draws in the fairy lights shed a lovely warm glow. Place a string of fairy lights inside a glass lantern as an alternative to a candle. Having no melted wax to clean up is an added bonus.
Have a really simple centrepiece such as a bowl of lemons with sprigs of rosemary to add a mediterranean feel to the event or sprigs of fresh herbs along a table runner. All low budget yet striking. Have a look at our ‘centrepieces’ board on Pinterest for some more ideas.
Keep the food really simple. Lots of mini canapés and dainty sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, meringues sandwiched together with lemon curd and cream, profiteroles drizzled in chocolate and delicious melting moments dusted with icing sugar. Display on cake stands for the wow factor.
The only thing left to worry about now is the weather! Although an indoor picnic could be just as fun!
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Chocolate eclairs are such a timeless treat. I remember being brought into Bewleys on Grafton Street when I was a child for a treat of a chocolate eclair and a mug of hot chocolate. I can still see the eclairs piled high on a cake stand, oozing fresh cream and delicious looking chocolate and I couldn’t wait to sit down and devour my share. I have always loved them and when one of our lovely chefs made them for afternoon tea it brought back so many memories of times gone by, it always amazes me how food does that. Please don’t be put off by the method of making these as it really is quite simple. People are often daunted when they hear the words ‘choux pastry’ but when you break down the steps it is quite simple. Please give it a try, you won’t regret it!
65g plain flour
Pinch of salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6 and grease a flat baking tray.
Place water and butter into a saucepan over a low heat until butter melts.
Bring to a brisk boil.
Reduce heat and add sieved flour and salt.
Stir briskly until mixture forms a soft dough and leaves sides of saucepan. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Add the eggs gradually and beat until mixture is smooth and shiny.
Transfer mixture to a piping bag, fitted with a 1/2” plain nozzle.
Pipe 4” lengths of mixture (well spaced) onto the prepared tray.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until well risen and golden brown in colour.
Remove from oven and slit along one side. Cool on wire tray.
When cold, fill with whipped cream and spread with chocolate ganache on top.
The chocolate ganache that we make time and time again is from the BBC Good Food website and you will find the recipe here!
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Ariel House; June Favourites
Irish Soccer Team
We had an exciting June in Ariel House and spent much of it cheering on our fantastic Irish soccer team and watching videos of their wonderful fans enjoying themselves in France! We are so proud of how far the team went and despite not making it through they are still winners to us all.
Oaty Breakfast Biscuits
We shared a delicious recipe for oaty breakfast biscuits on our blog that we have been making recently for our guests. So delicious with a coffee in the morning or even served with cheese and grapes for a light snack. Easy to make at home and you will find the recipe here.
Afternoon Tea at Ariel House
We had lots of guests for afternoon tea this month and served them delicious home baked treats from our kitchen. Always one of our favourite times of the week! Don’t forget you can download a copy of our FREE ebook full of our most popular afternoon tea recipes here.
We shared a lovely and healthy Turkish egg recipe that we have been enjoying! Full of flavour and perfect to serve to friends as part of a delicious brunch. Recipe here.
The sky over Ballsbridge was amazing on the Summer Solstice! It was almost 11pm when this photo was taken!
Our front garden is looking particularly well this year. Our fuchsia bush is absolutely thriving!
That brings to a conclusion some of our favourite things that happened in June. July looks like an exciting month with one of the highlights being the Dublin Horse Show which takes place in the RDS in Ballsbridge from July 20th till the 24th. You will find more details here.
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Is there anything nicer than a homemade breakfast biscuit? Such a simple thing to make yet provides so much pleasure. We like to spoil our guests with our delicious home baking and our chefs are always coming up with new recipes to delight us with.These oaty breakfast biscuits are absolutely delicious. They are buttery, crumbly and perfect with a morning cup of tea. We always use the finest ingredients we can find and this ensures that the end product will never disappoint. Real Irish creamery butter, local free range eggs, Irish porridge oats and Irish flour all combine to make a delectable treat that is hard to beat.
To make 18 biscuits you will need;
- 115g of soft butter
- 90g of golden caster sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 140g of self-raising flour
- 25g of porridge oats
- Preheat the oven to 190 degrees and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the butter, sugar, egg yolk and flour into a large bowl and mix with your hands to form a soft dough.
- Divide into 18 balls.
- Dip each ball into a bowl in which you have placed the porridge oats, once covered with oats slightly flatten onto the parchment paper.
- Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until golden.
- Place on a wire rack to cool.
Such a simple bake that even children will be able to master with a little help from an adult! Perfect to fill in a rainy afternoon!
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Last year we tried the most amazing eggs menenen dish in the wonderful Brother Hubbards and have been looking for a recipe since that would give us even half the flavour that we were treated to that day. Menemen is a Turkish dish that is simply mouthwatering. It is a combination of softly scrambled eggs, onions, peppers and juicy tomatoes. Serve on top of a slice of sourdough toast, top with some greek yoghurt and your choice of fresh herbs for a delicious breakfast or brunch dish.
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 6 eggs
- 4 tbsp of butter
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 large tomatoes, diced
- 2 red peppers, finely chopped
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1/2 tsp of black pepper
- 1 tsp of mint leaves or fresh herb of your choosing
- Melt the butter in a large frying pan before sautéing the chopped onion until translucent.
- Add all of the diced vegetables, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
- Bring to a quick boil before lowering the heat and allowing the tomatoes and peppers to soften.
- Stir the eggs in a bowl before pouring into the centre of the pan.
- Don’t stir the mixture, you can move the pan gently to move the eggs.
- If the tops of the eggs still seem raw, cover the pan for a few minutes.
- Serve on top of some delicious sour dough bread before topping with greek yoghurt and the fresh herbs!
Such a wonderful dish to serve to friends, full of delicious flavour!
We hope you enjoy!
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Here in Ballsbridge The Dublin Horse Show is an institution. It has been held annually in The RDS since 1881 and each year grows more in popularity. The best of Irish horses and the most talented showjumpers in the world come together to celebrate this fantastic five day event however there is much more to it than just the magnificent horses.
Each year we have numerous visitors from all over the world who come to stay specifically to attend The Dublin Horse Show. The Dublin Horse Show is one of Ireland’s largest events welcoming 100,000 visitors. It is without doubt one of the highlights of the Irish summer.
With an array of national and international show jumping competitions and world class equestrian entertainment, great shopping, delicious food, music and fantastic daily entertainment. Children will stay entertained at the ever popular kid’s zone and style lovers can soak up the fashion and atmosphere on Ladies Day. Experience the best Ireland has to offer at the RDS Student Art Awards and RDS National Craft Awards Exhibition. As you can see there is something for everyone at this wonderful event.
This year the event will take place from Wednesday the 20th until Sunday the 24th of July with Ladies Day taking place on Thursday the 21st.
We highly recommend a visit and would love to see you here at Ariel House!
We were delighted to publish our second recipe ebook last week. To celebrate we ran a Facebook competition and we are delighted to announce that Susan Ryan is our winner! We look forward to welcoming you to Ariel House!
Our new recipe ebook is a collection of our most popular afternoon tea treats that we serve here in Ariel House. We pride ourselves on our delicious home baking and thought it would be nice for you all to have a little taste of Ariel House in your own kitchens.
One of our most popular recipes, featured in our ebook, is our delicious chocolate chip banana bread. It is wonderful with a blob of freshly whipped cream or lightly toasted with a smear of real Irish butter for breakfast.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
225g of plain flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
175g of light brown sugar
4 overripe bananas, mashed
85g of butter
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
100g of chopped dark chocolate
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin.
Place the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
In a second mixing bowl mix the sugar and the bananas until smooth.
Beat in the butter and eggs to the banana mixture.
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Stir in the chopped chocolate.
Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.
Allow to cool before slicing and enjoying.
Once you have tried this recipe you won’t ever use another one for banana bread as it is absolutely delicious! Moist and full of flavour, we hope you enjoy!
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We love a traybake here in Ariel House. It is a lovely way of serving seasonal fruit and is always easy to slice up and serve to a crowd. We tend to use the same cake mixture and then change the flavours by adding fruit, chocolate, nuts and sometimes even dollops of cheesecake mixture. It is a rare afternoon when we haven’t got a traybake to share with our guests in the drawing room. A cup of tea and a square goes a long way to restore our visitor’s energy levels after a stroll around our wonderful city.
Summer Berry Traybake
225g self raising flour
175g softened butter
175g light brown sugar
1 tsp of baking powder
3 large eggs
2 tbsp of water
100g of summer berries
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
Grease a baking or a roasting tin then line the base with baking parchment.
Measure all the cake ingredients (except for the berries) into a large bowl and beat until well blended.
Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top. Press the berries into the top of the mixture and press down lightly.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 35 – 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Leave to cool in the tin before slicing into squares.
We drizzled our tray bake with a little royal icing before slicing but if you are in a rush a shake of icing sugar is lovely as well!
Hope you enjoy the recipe!
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In our kitchen we are always trying out new recipes and updating some of our tried and tested ones. A coffee & walnut cake is always received well by our guests and is lovely to have with a welcoming cup of tea. We serve a coffee & walnut tray bake on occasion as part of our afternoon tea but sometimes nothing can beat a wedge of homemade cake. We invested in a bundt tin recently and couldn’t wait to try it out and this seemed like the perfect recipe.
This recipe is from the Odlum’s website and it proved a hit with staff and guests alike. We used our new bundt tin for that fantastic shape which looks as if you had spent hours trying to perfect, but in reality the tin does all the work! This is a super easy cake to make and is ready to bake within minutes. Very little washing up as everything is mixed in the one bowl.
175g self raising flour
175g margarine, room temperature
175g caster sugar
4tbsp of cooled fresh coffee
50g chopped walnuts
100g icing sugar sieved, mixed with1-2tbsp of cooled fresh coffee until required consistency is achieved.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Grease and flour a bundt tin, make sure to shake away excess flour.
Place all ingredients for the cake into the bowl and mix.
Pour into the tin and bang gently on counter top to even out.
Place in oven for 30 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
Allow to cool in the tin before turning out.
Place on a serving dish before drizzling with the coffee icing.
Slice, serve and enjoy.
We found the bundt tin helped the cake cook more evenly and rise higher than usual and it was also incredibly easy to slice. We came across this blogpost with several ideas of what else you can cook in a bundt tin besides cake, I love the frittata idea!
Thanks for reading, till the next time!