When you find yourself in a cafe in Northern Ireland, you will see many sweet treats to pair with your tea or coffee. One that is nearly always there is a marshmallow, cherry, loaf-looking desert on a platter. You simply must try it. It is a Northern Irish staple, called fifteens. The fifteens recipe can be viewed or printed below.
I originally thought they were called fifteens because you will gain 15 pounds* from eating these decadent desserts. The name is actually from the usage of ingredients; you use 15 of each ingredient, easy to remember, right?
*In fact, in Northern Ireland, weight is measured in stones and currency is in pounds, causing even more confusion on my behalf of the name assumption of fifteens.
Get creative with ingredients! If you don’t like cherries or marshmallows, try pistachios or nuts. Perhaps even dried fruit, chocolate chips or white chocolate chips.
Let me know in the comments below what flavor combos you might try!
Fifteens- A Northern Irish Desert
This is an easy dessert to make at home that requires NO BAKING; a good treat to make with kids! I have made them a few times with my boyfriend Adam, who is from Northern Ireland. They never seem to last more than a day or two as everyone eats them up. It is the perfect dessert for those who 'can't bake!'
Start by powdering the cookies. You can use a food processor, blender, or even just flatten them in a plastic bag with a rolling pin.
[OR, as Adam demonstrates in the photo below, by using mayonnaise jar to roll instead of a rolling pin.]
Next you will combine, by hand, all of the ingredients EXCEPT coconut in a large bowl. The consistancey should be sticky enough to form into a big loaf.
Roll a strip of cling-wrap and line it with coconut in a long, flat layer that you can set the loaf on. You will want to coat the loaf entirely [more than you think you want] with coconut and roll it tightly.
Now, is the hardest part of all; waiting to eat them. Leave the loaf wrapped in the fridge overnight or for about 10 hours and then enjoy with coffee, tea, or just on their own.
*Depending on where you are located in the world, and which ingredients are available to you; you may have to modify the recipe with similar replacements.