Well what a busy time I have had since I last blogged. Incidentally apologies for the delay. I need to get much more strict with myself regarding blogging-It is still very new to me but sure the New Year is coming and with it come the usual good intentions!
‘Food To Love’ was shortlisted for the Kerry Food Book Award and on November 3rd the winner was announced and it was…..wait for it……..LITTLE OLD ME!!!
The celebrations still continue. We are arranging a presentation in the coming weeks so stay posted!
Well anyway we had a fantastic event at Savour Kilkenny. Anne (Neary) and I were looking after the cookery events in the Set Theatre and it was great to see the full host of well known personalities we had down there in various different guises. We had Donal Skehan, Catherine Fulvio, Brenda Donoghue, Mary Carney, Arun Kapil, Mary McEvoy, Ross Golden Bannon as well as Ann Phelan, Eddie Keher John Walsh, Edwina Grace on stage over the festival weekend as well as our cookery finalists for Savour Kilkenny 2011 Karen Dalton (winner) and Alan Hoyne. We had a wonderful weekend with all of the events in the city and county. On the Monday we closed the festival in my hometown of Graignamanagh with an Upstairs, Downstairs Vintage Tea Party and a great time was enjoyed by all.
The ICA Nationwide Home Cooking Tour is coming along wonderfully. The event is being kindly sponsored by Avonmore & Clonakilty Black Pudding and is going down well all over the country. So far we have been to Carlow, Meath, Leitrim, Westmeath, Tipperary, Mayo and Louth and in the coming weeks we are off to Wexford and Wicklow and the tor will continue in 2012 also. The ICA are doing wonderful work all over the country and it has been fantastic to meet with its members and their friends over the last few months.
This coming week I will be putting together my recipe list for ‘Taste of Christmas’ in the National Convention Centre. I, with my good friends in Kinane’s Kitchens, Toomevara, will be hosting ‘Edward’s Festive Desserts’ for the full weekend and have some great recipes planned.
Here’s a sneak peak at one of them:
Chocolate & Hazelnut Cupcakes
Cupcakes are really popular now and are great for all entertaining needs from a children’s birthday party to a stylish wedding. This recipe will be a great additional to your festive repertoire.
7oz/200g butter (softened)
7oz/200g caster sugar
14oz/400g plain flour
1 rounded teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
5 large eggs
6oz/175g softened butter
12oz/350g icing sugar
4oz/110g dark chocolate-melted
1 dessertspoon boiling water
Chocolate Discs Garnish: (optional)
3oz/75g dark chocolate
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
Fill a 12 cup muffin tray with muffin papers
In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy. Add in the eggs to the mixture.
Add the baking powder and cocoa powder to the flour and lightly sieve that into the buttery mixture.
Return the mixture to the machine and continue to cream the mixture together lightly until a smooth dropping consistency has been achieved.
Divide the mixture between the 12 muffin cases and pop the tray into the oven for approximately 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Allow to cool whilst making the butter icing topping.
Place the softened butter and icing sugar into a large mixing bowl with the melted dark chocolate and cream until light and fluffy. Add in the boiling water to get an extra smooth and light consistency.
Meanwhile to make the chocolate discs spoon some of the melted chocolate onto a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle lightly with some of the crushed hazelnuts. Allow the chocolate discs to set in a cool place.
Using a piping bag, pipe a large swirl of chocolate icing on top of each cupcake and then top with a chocolate disc and some of the chopped hazelnuts.
Store in an airtight container until required