Christmas Baking with Stork


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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23 Responses

  1. Neva says:

    I remember! I think we still have it at home.
    Do you also have any ‘parish’ recipe books? They are great for really reliable cakes because someone has actually made ‘Mrs Rigley’s Christmas Cake’ every year for 50 years.

    • Caroline says:

      My mum has a few of those – I must track them down! As a child, I remember cooking my way through one with an orange cover from St Joseph’s Foundation in Charleville. They rarely turn up in charity shops though, which is strange when you consider how many of them have been printed over the years.

  2. Agnes O 'Connell says:

    I recently lost my stork Christmas recipe small booklet for all Christmas baking , especially for Christmas puddings and Christmas cake. I had it for years and wonder could you send me one to the above address. I have been using these recipes for more years then I can remember.

    Agnes O’ Connell

  3. Karen Nolan says:

    Hi Agnes, it’s over 9 months since your post but I can scan copies of the Stock Christmas Cooking Booklet to you if you still want it? My Mother gave me hers.


    Karen Nolan

  4. Loretta Doyle says:

    I’m so upset. I had my Stork Cookbook for years and years .it came abroad with me and it’s my favourite Chistmas baking book.
    I can’t find it anywhere and I know it must be here so to all fellow traditional Christmas Bakers will you say a little prayer that it turns up . I’m about to get St Anthony into action but just in case he’s on overload send me your good vibes . A Happy and Peaceful Christmas everyone . X

  5. Loretta Doyle says:

    Success. I started tidying up my cookery books and stuck at the back of the Shelf was my
    Christmas baking with Stork. Thank you St Anthony ………I’m so happy it’s like having a bit of my youth and memories of my Mum and Auntie Mary. Both great bakers
    Off to get stuck in now to the Christmas treats .. Loretta

  6. Debbie Hutchinson says:

    My mother always made an amazing Oxford Lunch for me for Christmas. Loved it, I remember her saying it was the Stork recipe. When she was going through chemo we were talking about this and she said when she was better she would teach me to make it. Unfortunately she died before we got around to it and since then I have been trying out different recipes but it was never the same. I think this Stork recipe is the one. I’m going to try it this week, even though it’s March. Thanks so much, I remember the booklet vividly.

  7. ANN MARTIN says:

    Hi Caroline
    Lovely to see some of the stork recipes again after so many years.
    Like a number of your followers I have mislaid my mothers recipe notes and have been trying to recall the quantities of ingredients which go into the pudding and cake. the stork recipes are very close to what I recall so I will try it this year. I noticed a recipe for banoffi pie> my daughter recently spent an afternoon making a butterscotch sauce for one, the stork book recipe seems simpler. I would be grateful if you could send it to me as I don’t appear to be able to download it. Ann Martin

  8. ANN MARTIN says:

    It is lovely to see some of the Stork recipes again after so many years.
    I have mislaid my mothers recipe notes and have been trying to recall the quantities of ingredients which go into the Christmas Pudding and cake. The Stork recipes seem very close to what I recall so I will try it this year.
    I noticed a banoffi pie recipe which I was unable to download, I would be grateful for a copy. My daughter recently spent an afternoon making a butterscotch sauce for one, the Stork book recipe is probably simpler, she might just try another recipe as she said she would never repeat the one she made previously though it tasted very nice.
    Ann Martin

  9. Marie Dunne says:

    Hi i am wondering if could get a copy of The Art OF Home Cooking by the Stork Cookery Service my book is falling apart with use over the years

    • Caroline says:

      Hi Marie…those books are well loved! I’ve no connection with the publisher and don’t think that you can get your hands on new copies of those books any more but, if you haunt charity shops and second hand book shops, copies often turn up. Best of luck with your search.

  10. Liz says:

    thank you for publishing this. I used to own this until I had a leak in my pantry causing a lot of my recipes to become all stuck together and have never quite got my puddings right since.
    I shall be using it this year but will use egg replacer as I am vegan now.

  11. Colette O'Connor says:

    I have lost my late mother’s Christmas Recipes leaflet. I think it was a stork one she had but I don’t see the recipe I am looking for on this. The recipe I’m looking for is the chocolate covered log cabin. It was covered in chocolate fingers made with a madeira recipe and gave instructions how to cut the cake and make it.
    Does anyone know where I can find it. Thank you in advance.

    • Caroline says:

      Hi Colette
      Apologies about the delay in responding but I couldn’t find this recipe in any of the Christmas leaflets. However, a Chocolate Log Cabin does make an appearance in the first of the McDonnell’s Cookery Books from 1976 so I’m hoping that this is what you’re looking for: Chocolate Log Cabin

  12. Rita Downes says:

    Hi Caroline my mum used to make a beautiful porter cake from this book I think. I remember her heating the porter to blood temperature and then adding bread soda.I can’t find her cookery book and she sadly passed away at a young age and I never found the book since nir that receipe online.Would it be from this book and if so could I trouble you for the receipe please

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