This is a Ballymaloe Recipe from our Restaurant in Cork

Lemon Meringue Pie

First make the pastry.

Sieve the flour with the salt, cut the butter into cubes and rub into the flour with the fingertips. Keep everything as cool as possible; if the fat is allowed to melt the finished pastry may be tough.


Almond Tart or Tartlets with Raspberries

You Will Need

  • 110g (4ozs/1 stick) butter
  • 100g (31/2ozs/scant 1/2 cup) castor sugar
  • 110g (4ozs/generous 1 cup) ground almonds


  • Fresh raspberries or loganberries1/2 pint (300 ml/1 1/4 cups) whipped cream
  • Makes 24 tartlets or 2 x 7 inch (5 x 17.5 cm) tarts or 1 tart and 12 tartlets

Cream the butter well and then just stir in the sugar and ground almonds. (Don’t over beat or the oil will come out of the ground almonds as it cooks.)


Yoghurt and Cardamom Cream with Sugared Strawberries


  • 425ml (15 fl ozs/scant 2 cups) natural yoghurt
  • 225ml (8 fl ozs/1 cup) milk
  • 150g (5 ozs/generous 1/2 cup) castor sugar
  • 200ml (7 fl ozs/scant 1 cup) cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds, freshly ground - you’ll need about 8-10 green cardamom pods depending on size
  • 3 rounded teaspoons powdered gelatine


  • 450g (1lb) strawberries, castor sugar and mint leaves

Put the milk, sugar and cream into a stainless steel saucepan with the ground cardamom, stir unti


Fresh Strawberry Shortcake


  • 6 ozs (175g/1 1/4 cups) flour
  • 4 ozs (110g/1 stick) butter
  • 2 ozs (50g/1/4 cup) castor sugar
  • 1/2 lb (225g) strawberries
  • 8 fl ozs (250ml/1 cup) Chantilly cream - whipped sweetened cream
  • 1 teaspoon icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


6 - 8 whole strawberries and fresh mint leaves

Rub the butter into the flour and castor sugar as for shortcrust pastry. Gather the mixture together and knead lightly. Rest for a few minutes if you have time.


Dragoncello Sauce


  • 1/2 ciabatta loaf
  • 65ml (2 1/2fl oz/generous 1/4 cup) red wine vinegar
  • The yolks of 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) fresh tarragon, stalk removed and finely chopped
  • 10 salted anchovy fillets, chopped finely
  • 50g (2oz) salted capers, chopped
  • 110-175ml (4-6fl oz/1/2 – 3/4 cup) extra virgin olive oil

Dragoncello Sauce is delicious served with roast chicken, lamb chops and Bollito Misto.


Honey Comb


  • 400g caster sugar
  • 100ml honey (use local honey where possible)
  • 2 tablespoon liquid glucose (I use the same amount of powdered glucose if liquid is not available)
  • 11/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (sieved)

Home-made honeycomb is a real treat. Break into bite size pieces and dip in you favourite dark chocolate for the ultimate treat!

Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.

Place the sugar, glucose and honey in a heavy bottom saucepan with 100ml water.


Ballymaloe Fudge


Makes 96 pieces (2cm x 2cm) approx.


French Chocolate Cake


  • 4 ozs (110g) best quality dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons Red Jamaica Rum
  • 4 ozs (110g) butter, preferably unsalted
  • 4 ozs (110g) castor sugar
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 1 tablespoon castor sugar
  • 2 ozs (55g) plain white flour
  • 2 ozs (55g) whole almonds or best quality ground almonds

toasted flaked almonds for decoration. 

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