Dare to dairy with Mary at the National Ploughing Championships

Mary Berry Ploughing TD Farm
TAKING PART: Lilly Higgins and Chandima Gamage will be helping choose the winner.

Queen of Cakes Mary Berry will be the star guest at the National Dairy Council stand at this year’s National Ploughing Championships at Screggan, Tullamore, County Offaly, September 18-20.

To celebrate Mary’s attendance at the Ploughing, NDC is launching a really exciting competition and is inviting you to create something unique and delicious that can be served at Afternoon Tea at Ploughing with Mary.

JUDGE: Do you Dare to Dairy with Mary?

It can be sweet or savoury but must contain dairy produce in some form. The three best recipes will be selected and the finalists will present their delicacy for tasting by Mary and guests and enjoy afternoon tea at the NDC stand at the Ploughing Championships.

Practical as always, Mary advises anyone entering to “practice the recipe”.

“It must be the very best of Irish dairy produce and the best of its type, whether that’s a quiche, tart or cake – we don’t want to see curdled custard or separated filling, the pastry must be beautifully done, it has to have great flavour and beautifully presented. No soggy bottoms.”

The judges for the competition will be Chandima Gamage, Head Pastry Chef at Dromoland Castle, Irish food writer Lilly Higgins and Ciara Leahy, Consumer Editor of the IFJ.

Lilly says: “I am delighted to be involved with this competition and to meet the baking legend that is Mary Berry!

“My experience of being a judge on the Great Irish Bake Off will certainly help in picking the best entries for the Afternoon Tea at Ploughing.

“I am a huge fan of baking myself and really look forward to seeing the variety of recipes that will be sent in.

“My advice would be to keep it simple and execute it well, whether it’s a cake, tart, quiche or even a sandwich, get the basics right and it will be delicious!”.

Each finalist will receive a €300 voucher for Ballymaloe Cookery School and an Afternoon Tea hamper filled with goodies, free entry into Ploughing and the chance to have Afternoon Tea with Mary Berry.

Mary said: “I’m looking forward most to meeting people and food producers and tasting some good Irish food.

“Irish stew is one of my favourite dinners, even better with a chunk of soda bread. My mother used to make it when I was young and I still make it for my children and grandchildren.”

How to enter: Send your recipes to include full details on ingredients, method, cooking times and a picture.


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