Arguably the easiest traybake to make, this Northern Irish recipe has been doing the rounds in households for so long, no one can remember life without it – and certainly most are unsure of where it actually came from.
It’s ironic that such a simple recipe has these mysterious origins, with mums, grannies and even Northern Ireland’s bakers unsure of the fifteen’s beginnings. The likelihood is that it started life in someone’s kitchen and was passed around communities and down through families.
What we do know however, is that we absolutely love them. And no matter where you are in the world, you can serve up a taste of home in five easy steps.
The name itself comes from the easy-to-manage recipe – quite simply you need 15 of everything – 15 digestive biscuits, crushed and 15 glacé cherries and marshmallows, cut in quarters.
Add 150ml of condensed milk to the above ingredients in a bowl and mix until the dough-like mixture is sticking to your hands or spoon.
Form a long sausage-like shape and sprinkle 75g of desiccated coconut over it, turning over to make sure it covers the whole roll.
Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours to chill. Then cut into slices as large as you want and enjoy with a cup of (Punjana) tea.
How easy is that?
So whether you’re in Pomeroy or Paris, Belfast or Brussels, Omagh or Omar, this quick and easy recipe is sure to give you the taste of home in all its marshmallow-y fabulousness. Give it a try.