Donal Skehan

Ultimate Banana Bread…

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This recipe comes from my auntie Ann who spent a lot of time in America over the years and has picked up some really great US inspired recipes. This banana bread is deliciously moist and is extremely easy to throw together.

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You can add a little sliced banana on top before it goes into the oven or even stir some chopped nuts or chocolate chips through the batter! The best thing about this banana bread recipe is it is so adaptable. Whatever you add, a thick slice served with a cup of tea is a match made in heaven.

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Appearance on The Today Show…

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If you follow me on facebook, twitter or Instagram you probably know I spent St Patrick’s Day in NYC this year and what a way to celebrate all things Irish if you can’t be at home! I was so chuffed to be invited back to the NBC Studios by The Today Show team and couldn’t wait to get back in the kitchen with Kathie Lee and Hoda again.

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I was on a couple of years back and it was great craic so at least I knew what I was in for this time around! The folks at The Today Show wanted to see some Irish inspired recipes so I shared my Howth Seafood Chowder and my Chocolate Guinness Cake in cupcake form.

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My Favourite St Patrick’s Day Recipes…

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It’s the last day of my Big St Patrick’s Day Collaboration! It all started back before Christmas when as a proud Irish man, I wanted to use my youtube channel to promote Ireland and all of the fantastic food heritage that we have here. That’s when I came up with the idea of arranging a youtube collaboration. I sent out an email to some of my favourite youtubers asking would they like to take part and was delighted when they all said yes! We each cooked up our favourite Irish inspired recipe and they are all available in my Paddy’s Day Playlist! Below is a round up of my Paddy’s Day recipes and if you don’t want to miss any of the upcoming videos be sure to click subscribe! Big thank you to all the youtubers for taking part and to all of you for liking, sharing and COOKING all of the recipes! It’s been a blast!

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Potato & Irish Cheddar Rolls feat. The Domestic Geek… }

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{ Chocolate Guinness Cake feat. My Cupcake Addiction… }

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{ Roast Lamb with Rosemary & Garlic feat. Entertaining with Beth… }

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Irish Beef & Guinness Stew…

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Traditional Beef and Guinness stew is a perfect comfort food dish. You can serve this as a stew or take it one step further and use it as the filling for an impressive pie. Do make sure the meat is tender before serving, different cuts of meat will take longer cooking times.

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You can always add potatoes to bulk out teh stew but I love it served with buttery mashed potatoes. It’s no surprise that this Irish dish appears on most pub and traditional Irish menus across Ireland. This recipe is part of my St. Patrick’s Day Collaboration which you can check out here.

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My Traditional Irish Apple Crumble…

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Crumble has to be one of the easiest desserts to prepare and it is extremely easy to adapt, using whatever fruit is in season. You can vary the ingredients for the crumble mix itself, I sometimes use wholemeal flour and nuts, though I’m a complete stickler for using jumbo oats as they really give the dessert a crunchy nutty texture.

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I like to serve this crumble with a big dollop of Irish whipped cream but warm custard is equally delicious! Either way a large bowl of this traditional Irish apple crumble will have you feeling very happy indeed!

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Mocha Meringues with Whiskey Cream…

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If you’re looking for the perfect St Patrick’s Day dessert, the search is over! This batter makes a really chewy, marshmallow meringue, which goes perfectly with the whiskey cream. If you aren’t a coffee fan, drop the espresso powder from the recipe and replace it with more cocoa powder.

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This is a real showstopper of a dessert but really takes minimal time and effort to prepare so you can spend more time enjoying the parade or chatting with your friends and family rather than slaving in the kitchen…That’s my kind of Paddy’s Day dessert!

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My Traditional Irish Tea Brack…

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Irish tea cake is a traditional Irish fruitcake which is also knows as Barmbrack depending on the time of year that you’re eating it! This recipe makes a really beautiful moist fruit loaf which is packed with flavour from the mixed spice and dried fruit, which sits overnight in cold tea and whiskey to soak up all the goodness. You can drop the whiskey if you wish but I think it adds another flavour kick and makes it even more perfect for Paddy’s Day!

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Irish Tea Cake is one of those recipes that most Irish grandmothers and mothers have in their repertoire. I suggest serving thick slices covered in butter alongside a cup of Irish tea! This recipe is part of my St. Patrick’s Day Collaboration which you can check out here and be sure to check out what Emmy from Emmy Made in Japan made of all the Irish treats I sent her as part of the collaboration.

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Start spreading the news…

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THE SECRET IS OUT! I can finally let you all know that I have officially signed a new book deal with acclaimed UK publishing Hodder & Stoughton! The book is my 5th book (how crazy is that) and will hit shelves this autumn and I can’t wait for you all to see it! I am so thrilled to be joining the family at Hodder with a book which I am incredibly proud of – it comes from the heart and not only gives me an opportunity to show readers an exciting new side to my cooking but also focuses on achievable, inspirational and most importantly incredibly delicious and exciting recipes!

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My other very exciting news is that I have my bags packed and I am heading off to New York City to appear on The Today Show on NBC on St Patrick’s Day! I was delighted to be asked over by the folks at The Today Show again. I appeared on the show a couple of years back and it was so much fun! I’ll be vlogging the whole time so make sure you keep an eye on my youtube channel to see all the behind scene footage! I can’t wait to get back in The Today Show studio to cook up a very special special Paddy’s Day dish that truly celebrates all things Irish. If you’re in the states, make sure to tune in on March 17th! Woohooooo!

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Roast Lamb with Rosemary & Garlic…

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In this roast lamb recipe I use slices of garlic and sprigs of fresh rosemary to stud the lamb leg. This classic combo imparts a fantastic flavour to the meat and is so quick and simple to do. An easy side dish to serve alongside the roast lamb is simply braised baby gem, with peas in white wine and thyme.  If you wanted to make it more indulgent you could add a little cream to the cooking liquid at the end of the cooking time.

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There’s something about bringing a big platter to the table and letting everyone dig which is why this dish is the perfect centre piece for any St. Patrick’s Day feast. This recipe is part of my St. Patricks’s Day Collaboration which you can check out here.

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Chocolate Guinness Cake…

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If you are a fan of decadent treats, this Chocolate Guinness Cake is the dessert for you! The dense and fudgey chocolate cake has a fantastic malty flavour which comes from the addition of the stout and is topped with a creamy white chocolate cream cheese frosting which resembles a pint of Guinness!

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If you don’t like Guinness don’t be put off. This cake doesn’t have an overly ‘stouty’ flavour, just a hint of something special and it really wouldn’t be the same without it! This recipe is part of my St. Patricks’s Day Collaboration which you can check out here.

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