Make Bake Love by Lilly Higgins

Make Bake Love by Irish food blogger Lilly Higgins

Simple, irresistible recipes

For me, it’s all about the tart. The Raspberry Macaroon Tart to be precise. When I interviewed Lilly Higgins for a package about underground dining in Ireland for Lyric fm I visited her cosy house near Cobh. Lilly’s first move, as we walked into her kitchen, was to offer me tea. One glance at the freshly baked tart on the table was enough to convince me that a cuppa was definitely the best way to kick off proceedings.

A mouthful of the moist, zesty Raspberry Macaroon Tart later I was very happy to hear that it was going to feature in her forthcoming cookbook and it was the first recipe I looked up in Make Bake Love.

But I got a little sidetracked.

There were White Chocolate and Raspberry Bars to distract me, Sticky Toffee Cakes to tempt and a recipe for the crumbly Peanut Butter and Sesame Cookies that made great take-home favours at the Bord Bia/IFBA Irish Food Photography workshop.

Make Bake Love is the perfect cookbook for the onset of winter. From Coffee Cake and Queen of Puddings to Chocolate Fudge Cake – the birthday cake of choice for anyone who was a child during the 80s – and Tiffin, it is warm with nostalgia, even down to the retro design. Pictures of cakes and cookies on vintage kitchenware and fabrics are framed with delicate lace motifs.

Packed with lots of simple, irresistible recipes to keep you cosy in the kitchen, Make Bake Love will be featuring in many Christmas stockings for 2011.

And the tart? Made for, and devoured with, a stream of visitors on Friday. Worth waiting for.

Must Try: Festive Scone Wreath for the season that’s in it; Turtle Bars because I’m a sucker for anything involving caramel and chocolate; and Fig Cake for its keeping qualities.

Make, Bake, Love by Lilly Higgins is published by Gill & Macmillan. Thanks to the publishers for the review copy.

Related links
Lyric fm: Going underground for dinner – underground dining in Ireland
Underground Dining: The Loaves and Fishes Supper Club



Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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7 Responses

  1. Kristin says:

    Now that you have the recipe yourself, it won’t be such torture to confess that I got to make that tart this summer from the proofs. 😉 It’s worth the purchase price of the book alone!

  2. nice book cover!

    I love tarts too more then even cakes. It reminds me of warm french summers with my grandma and the whole family… nostalie ^.^

  3. Caroline Caroline says:

    Pre-publishing tart making?!

    • Sarah-Jane says:

      #tartgate 😉
      Can’t wait to get this and start a baking frenzy! Getting an iPad this wk so furiously investigating buying virtual cookbooks .. not the same but needs must!

      • Caroline Caroline says:

        Love the #tartgate hash tag! I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the virtual cookbooks. I can see why they would be handy, especially when you’re heading over to NZ, but I still love the real thing.

  4. Catherine says:

    So tasty, and moreish! Dying to get stuck into the book myself this weekend – I’m most intrigued by the festive scone wreath.

    • Caroline Caroline says:

      You got first dibs at the tart on Friday, despite all the efforts by the Little Sister to try it out before you arrived!

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