UK and Ireland Occasion Recipes

Looking for recipes for UK and Ireland special occasions? Allrecipes has more than 150 trusted special occasions recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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White Fruit Cake

Rating: Unrated
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My mother has been making this fruit cake at Christmas time for as long as I can remember. My whole family loves it. I know there are a lot of people out there that have issues with fruit cake, but this recipe has converted even the most reluctant.

Greek Baklava

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A Greek favorite that makes everyone think you are a master chef and is sooo easy to make!! I taught a Greek friend how to make apple pie and she taught me this fabulous recipe. The phyllo dough for this recipe is found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. Add a little lemon zest to the sugar sauce, if desired.

Steamed Christmas Pudding

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21
The variations on this are endless because the filling can be any combination of mincemeat, pumpkin and/or cranberry sauce, but here's my favorite combination.

Spring Strawberry Spinach Salad

Rating: Unrated
246
This fresh strawberry and spinach salad is tossed with a sweet poppy seed dressing.

Banana Crumb Muffins

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The crumb topping is what makes these banana muffins stand apart from the ordinary. They're scrumptious!
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English Trifle to Die For

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A traditional English trifle all children in the UK grow up eating on high days and holidays.

Chocolate Ganache

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This is a rich, dark chocolate topping or decoration that has lots of uses. It can be whipped as filling or icing, or just poured over whatever cake you like.

Meringue Mushrooms

Rating: Unrated
146
These take a bit of work and time, but are spectacular. They are highly prized for Christmas gift-giving! As with other meringue recipes, these should only be made on a dry day. You will need a pastry bag with a plain tip. If you can save some green plastic berry baskets from the summertime, these mushrooms look totally realistic placed in them.

Diane's Colcannon

Rating: Unrated
636
While colcannon seems to be associated with St. Patrick's Day, I love the combination of potatoes, cabbage, onion, and bacon all through the cooler months of fall and winter! I attend an annual St. Paddy's Day party and this is the dish I'm always asked to bring...and I'm happy to say that the bowl comes home empty every time!

Fresh Rhubarb Bread Pudding

Rating: Unrated
102
A standard bread pudding is great by itself, but this one is enhanced with the tart flavor of fresh rhubarb and nuts. Serve with a splash of cream.

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

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This is a great recipe that I found in my Grandma's recipe book. Judging from the weathered look of this recipe card, this was a family favorite.
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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588
Here is an easy recipe for roasting fresh pumpkin seeds.

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Fluffy Pancakes

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Tall and fluffy. These pancakes are just right. Topped with strawberries and whipped cream, they are impossible to resist.