Irish Inherited Wedding Rings Piseog, Baking Recipes

Irish Inherited Wedding Rings Piseog & Baking Recipes

Hi all,

I hope you are all well. Summer is finally here and there is beautiful change in the air. At home we are all getting over a seasonal flu which has meant lots of time indoors, so I can’t wait to get out and start exploring Ireland again this summer.

At the moment for the newsletter I am inspired by all things weddings and have so many beautiful old Irish traditions, quaint piseog’s and tempting old baking recipes for you. I hope you will enjoy this and the next upcoming newsletters as we dive into them. When I was getting married, my best friend was also getting married at the same time. Both of us lived in Australia and both planned our Irish castle weddings online and had them within ten days of eachother. Her wedding planning was slightly more complicated as all her Canadian family were flying over to Ireland for the “big traditional Irish wedding in a castle”. I can still hear them screaming with excitement when she announced her destination wedding. It was an amazing time.

Thinking back on this I wanted to share some of Ireland’s most beautiful and elusive castles. Exquisite Lough Cutra estate shown above is available for private hire and has hosted well known guests such as Irish President Michael D Higgins, King Charles and Camilla, Bob Geldof, Lady Augusta Gregory and WB Yeats. The castle and land history has many stories to tell, I absolutely love reading them. So lets get into the newsletter and all things baking and weddings.

In today’s newsletter there is…

  • Apple Fritters

  • Belfast Boiled Cake - Císte Bruite

  • Short Crust Pastry - Taosráin Ghearr Scríste

  • Apple Tart - Toirtín Úll

  • Old Irish Letters; The Great Irish Famine Update

  • The Irish Claddagh Ring

  • How to Wear the Claddagh Ring

  • Irish Inherited Wedding Rings Piseog

Apple Fritters

I didn’t think this was an Irish recipe, but I found it in an old cookbook my mother in law gifted me. These are delicious with ice-cream.

  • 5 oz. flour

  • ¼ pint of water

  • ¼ tsp. salt

  • 2 eggs, yolks and whites separated

  • 1 tbsp. melted butter

  • 2 large cooking apples

  • 4 oz. sugar

  • Oil to deep fry

Prepare the batter by sifting together the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and add the cooled melted butter and some of the water and egg yolks. Work in the flour and beat until smooth, then add the remaining water. Leave to stand for at least an hour. Just before using beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them into the batter mix. Peel, core and slice the apples until the slices are about ¼ to ½ an inch thick. Dip the slices into the batter and deep fry in very hot oil at 180°C until golden. Drain the apple fritters and serve sprinkled with sugar and lemon juice.

Short Crust Pastry - Taosráin Ghearr Scríste

  • 8oz plain flour

  • 4oz butter or margarine

  • ¼pt cold water

Place the butter or margarine into the freezer for about 15 minutes to harden if soft. In the meantime, sieve the flour into a bowl. You will need to grate the hard butter or margarine into the flour. If helps if you have a little flour on your fingers for this. Mix the grated butter or margarine into flour. Once mixed through, add in enough water to make a soft dough and mix again. Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead lightly with a rolling pin. Roll out half the pastry to the size of an oven proof plate. This is now ready for use.

Apple Tart - Toirtín Úll

In this recipe, my grandmother uses enough sugar so that you can’t see what kind of fruit slices are being used. Only when all are covered does she deem it enough. Her apple tart is delicious.

  • 1 ½ lbs. cooking apples

  • 4 – 6 oz. sugar (to taste)

  • 6 cloves (optional)

  • Pinch nutmeg (optional)

  • Egg yolk

Line a 9-inch greased apple tart tray with just over half the pastry. Peel the apples and slice them thinly with the smallest kitchen knife. Place the apples slices in the apple tray tin and sprinkle with sugar to your liking. Add nutmeg and cloves if using. Roll out the remaining pastry, dampen the edges with milk and press onto the top of the apple tart tray. Use the small knife to cut away the excess pastry from the edges. Press the fork around the edges to seal, then cut across in the center of the apple tart. Some people like to cut 4 leaf shapes from the pastry trimmings and stick them on the apple tart surface with water. Or you can use the trimmings to make mini jam tarts with your children. Glaze with egg yolk to give a very shiny finish, or you can use milk. Bake at 190°C, gas mark 5 for 40 minutes or until golden.

Belfast Boiled Cake - Císte Bruite

A traditional fruit cake often used for weddings.

  • 1 lb. fruit

  • 6 oz. candied peel

  • 4 oz. cherries

  • ½ lb. butter

  • 12 oz. sugar

  • 12 oz. flour

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • Mixed spice

  • Pinch of salt

Sprinkle all the fruit with flour, this helps to avoid it sinking within the cake during baking. When done, place the fruit in a saucepan covered with water and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Strain off the water and remove the saucepan from the heat. Chop in the butter, add the sugar and mix well. Beat in two eggs, then stir in all remaining ingredients. When the cake mix is ready, pour into a 9-inch round, lined cake tin and bake at 180°C gas mark 4 for 1¾ - 3 hours. Check at 20-minute intervals after 1¾ hours. The wetness of the boiled fruit is the cause of variation in cooking time.

Old Irish Letters; The Great Irish Famine Update

If this weeks series on the Great Irish famine, we are moving into the first days of cold, dark November 1847, the ninth and tenth weeks of the potato failure. The mood has changed and plans are being drawn up. If this part of Irish history interests you, you will see how it all unfolded here.

The Irish Claddagh Ring

In Ireland, one old Irish engagement tradition is the Claddagh ring. This now well know tradition came from the tiny fishing village of Claddagh in Galway and was designed to symbolize love, loyalty, and friendship.

When you wear a Claddagh ring, you have to choose how it should be worn for you. Every school girl in Ireland knows about this tradition today and will let you know if you are wearing it wrong!

How to Wear the Claddagh Ring

You wear the Claddagh ring on your right hand with the heart facing towards someone standing in front of you, if you are single. If the heart is turned inward towards your own heart, it means you are in a relationship. If you wear it on your left hand, with the heart facing towards someone standing in front of you, it means you are engaged. If however, you wear it on your right hand, with the heart turned towards your heart, it means you are married.

During an engagement, it's is still common for your fiancé to present a Claddagh ring instead of a typical engagement ring and it is very often gifted as an eternity ring for couples in longer term relationships who are not yet engaged.

Irish Inherited Wedding Rings Piseog

The Claddagh ring is very often passed down through generations, carrying with it the family’s legacy and blessings. I have one myself which is very old.

A year ago I got talking to an Irish goldsmith about getting my wedding rings resized. I asked him about the caret of a beautiful old gold Claddagh ring I was gifted and about old Irish traditions around wedding rings.

This goldsmith told me that there is an old piseog that says you must never wear a family heirloom wedding ring on your own wedding finger if the original owner had a bad or unlucky marriage. Instead, you wear it on the opposite hand to cure the piseog and prevent the bad luck from affecting your own marriage. Two other gold merchants I have spoken with have never heard of this piseog but I can tell you that I never wore that gold Claddagh ring on my wedding finger again after that. Silly or not, it now sits very nicely on my right hand instead and it gets more notice then my engagement and wedding rings!

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