If 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 dessert on a platter. You simply must try it; it’s a Northern Irish specialty, called FIFTEENS. I love that this recipe is easy, free from any baking, and it will fill any sweet tooth craving
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OK, I originally thought they were called fifteens because you will gain 15 pounds* from binge eating these decadent desserts. The name is actually from the usage of ingredients; you use 15 of each ingredient, easy to remember, right?
*In Northern Ireland, weight is measured in stones rather than pounds but their currency is in pounds. Causing even more confusion on my behalf of the name assumption of fifteens.
They are actually called fifteens because you are meant to ‘measure’ the ingredients in quantities of 15; 15 digestive biscuits, 15 marshmallows, and 15 cherries. Because I used the smaller-sized marshmallows and Nilla Wafers in replace of digestive biscuits (which are larger than Nilla Wafers,) the ’15 measurement’ didn’t apply.
Cooking Creative Freedom
I always recommend that you get creative with ingredients and play with the recipe. Cooking is an art. The real reason I wanted to make my own fifteens is that I try to avoid gelatin (veg head.) I went to Trader Joe’s to find gelatin free marshmallows for my modification. However, if you don’t like cherries or marshmallows, try pistachios or nuts. If you have chocolate chips around, throw them in. Perhaps even dried fruit or white chocolate chips.
COMMENT BELOW, telling me what ingredients you would use for this delicious dessert!