Calling all home bakers! The Odlums Big Book of Baking is on sale now

By Alison Egan

18 November 2022

If you’re an avid home baker, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the brand new Odlums baking book is on sale now in Dunnes Stores nationwide!

The perfect gift for any Great British Bake Off fan this Christmas, the Odlums Big Book of Baking is not only filled with delectable, fuss-free recipes, but it also supports a wonderful Irish charity.

Retailing at €25, the Odlums Big Book of Baking literally bakes a difference, with every cent of the €25 price tag going directly to the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, to provide and fund vital home nursing care across the country. Each purchase translates into nearly 1 ½ hours of specialist home nursing care for over 400 children and families under Jack and Jill’s care today.

This beautifully presented, limited edition, hardback book is packed with over 100 recipes for every occasion. Each recipe contains its own photo, step-by-step instructions and a host of tips and tricks to make your time in the kitchen even more enjoyable.

Welcoming the book, Carmel Doyle, CEO of Jack and Jill said: “There’s a real sense of community around this book and what an honour it is to be supported by two iconic brands, especially in this very special 25th anniversary year. By buying this book, people are supporting local Jack and Jill families as well as investing in future baked delights to impress their family and friends. We hope it sells out like hot cakes!”

The Odlums Big Book of Baking is on sale now for a limited time and is available to buy from Dunnes Stores nationwide, as well as online at

Furthermore, the Jack and Jill Foundation hopes to raise €1 million through their Christmas Appeal to meet increased demands for its services. The nationwide charity, which funds and provides in-home nursing care and respite support for over 400 children with severe to profound neurodevelopmental delay, up to the age of six, recorded a 16% rise in the hours of nursing care it provided to families in 2021, and predicts a further uplift again this year.

For parents Shane and Clare McHugh, who live in Maynooth with their three children, including four-year-old Ben who receives Jack and Jill nursing care, that gift of time is a huge support. Ben’s condition remains undiagnosed, despite extensive tests. He suffers from epilepsy, autism, sleep, sensory and autonomic disorders, and can’t feed himself, speak or walk.

Speaking about the charity, Ben’s father Shane said, “Jack and Jill provide us with a blanket of care and security around Ben. Knowing that he is in the best hands, enables us as parents to prioritise other things, whether that be quality time with our other children or to get a night’s sleep to function through the week. It can be a very difficult transition to open your home up to others, but when you have a child that has complex medical needs and requires 24/7 care; it is the Jack and Jill service that enables you to have a life as a family, creating memories for all your children that they will hopefully cherish and carry into adulthood.”

“This is especially true at milestones throughout the year and none more so than at Christmas – the importance of being together at home as a family, the arrival of Santa, the tree, the presents, the smiles, the laughter, and the creation of new memories together. Christmas can be even more poignant for families with children with life-limiting conditions and we are forever mindful of not taking any milestone for granted.”

This Christmas, members of the public can give the gift of time to families cared for by Jack and Jill, with a Christmas donation, by picking up a copy of the Odlums Big Book of Baking or by making a gift purchase translating into specialist home nursing care hours for local children and their families. Shop the gift collection now on