Northern Irish Fifteens, an easy tray bake from Northern Ireland

Northern Irish fifteens recipe

I grew up in Northern Ireland and these no-bake treats were a staple in the cake section of any cafe, alongside British classics like the Millionaire’s shortbread and flapjacks. It was only on leaving to come to England did I realise that they don’t exist across the water. Indeed, it appears they’re not even popular in the Republic of Ireland.

They are called fifteens as are made from three main ingredients of which you need 15 of each: digestive biscuits, marshmallows and glacĂ© cherries. I share with you this easy classic recipe that kids can also help out in. Make these the day before you wish to serve them so they can chill in the fridge. I sometimes make these for St. Patrick’s Day.

Use vegetarian marshmallows if you wish to make them veggie friendly. Examples of brands include Dandies Marshmallows if you’re in the States or  Freedom Mallows in the UK.
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Eton Mess cheesecake

Eton Mess cheesecake recipe

I made this Eton Mess cheesecake for a friend’s Halloween party and it went down a treat! If you leave out making the meringues, this is a no-bake recipe! The meringues pictured here are bone shaped for Halloween (I have also had a few say they look like doggy treat, haha!), but you could also pipe out hearts for Valentines or a loved one’s birthday! You can also just make it because it’s damn tasty!

After looking at several different recipes, I  created my own according to the size of my springform cake tin. Feel free to make modifications depending on how you like your cheesecakes – if you want more biscuit base, then make more of it!

You will need a springform tin, an electric whisk (it’ll save your arm!) and something to pipe with if you’re making the meringues!

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