If you are looking for perfect St Patricks Day desserts to add life to your party, you have definitely come to the right place.
We love talking about where Irish foods 'come from,' so we can't resist offering a little commentary about these desserts.
But if you just want to get to the recipes, go for it! They start halfway down the page.
In the meantime, let's just say there is nothing quite as delicious as traditional St Patricks Day desserts, unless of course it's the modern version of those desserts!
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Meanwhile, please enjoy some delicious St Patricks Day desserts!
Some of the most delicious Saint Patricks Day desserts have been part of the Irish culture for centuries.
Chocolate potato cake, seed cakes and Carrigaline whiskey pie are all traditional desserts some of them dating back to the early 1700s, when they first appeared in cookbooks.
The newer St Patricks Day desserts contain Irish spirits such as stout, Irish cream or Irish whiskey - or they’re symbolic of Ireland, in shamrock shape or green.
Chocolate isn’t native to Ireland, but once the Irish tasted imported chocolate, in the late 1600s they had to have more.
In fact, still today the irish consumption of chocolate, per capita, is one of the highest in the world.
This particular cake has cooked mashed potatoes in it to add extra moisture. To remain traditional requires that we use cocoa instead of chocolate.
However, if you want modern day richness, try substituting grated dark chocolate for the cocoa.
Most recipes call for ½ pound of butter, so it isn’t diet food. Don’t try substituting with lower calorie butter imitations; you’ll destroy the rich flavor of this mouth-watering St Patricks Day dessert.
Seed cakes are more quick breads than cakes, but good for those who don’t want a heavy St Patricks Day dessert.
Caraway is the seed of choice for many Irish dessert breads, but you can also use poppy seeds, anise or sesame and still not break tradition.
In most cases, if the seed cake is for a special occasion, it often has a bit more butter than traditional quick breads do.
Not only are caraway seed cakes good St Patricks Day desserts, they’re a very popular tradition at Christmas as well.
You can make almost any type of seed cake from sesame seed to poppy seed, but the one most associated with Ireland is the caraway seed cake.
It’s a quick bread and a light delicious treat, perfect as a divine ending for any meal or a quick snack.
When you think of traditional Irish spirits, you normally think of whiskey first. Of course, the vegetable of choice is the potato.
Carrigaline whiskey pie combines the two unto an unforgettable St Patricks Day dessert.
You start the recipe as though you’re making a soufflé by
whipping egg whites and beating the yolks with sugar - then the magic really begins!
You add orange juice, mashed almonds and mashed potatoes to the already blended beaten yolks and fluffy whites and pour it in a springform pan.
If it looks like a pie or a soufflé or cake that fell when you finish, you’ve succeeded in creating the delicious recipe.
If your mouth isn’t already watering, it’s because you’ve never eaten Carrigaline whiskey pie and don’t know how delicious this St Patricks Day dessert really is.
Today, almost any type of rolled cookie with a shamrock shape is fair game for an Irish dessert. Green frosting also reigns high on the list of more modern St Patricks Day desserts.
The ones that make us beg for more are those containing Bailey’s Irish Crème or bold black Guinness.
Even adding Bailey’s to coffee is a St Patricks Day Dessert without the baking!
Two desserts among the many that stand out are Bailey’s mousse pie and Guinness cake.
You’ll need both Bailey’s Irish Crème and Irish whiskey for this one. It’s not only a good St Patricks Day dessert, it’s an after dinner drink.
Since you don’t heat the alcohol, it remains as potent as it was before it became part of a pie.
Gelatin, whipped egg whites and whipped cream give body to the pie, but so does putting it in the freezer before serving.
Don’t substitute low calorie cool whip for the whipped cream or it won’t be a real Irish dessert.
We're going to offer you two versions of the Bailey’s mousse pie recipe. One is more authentically Irish since there’s additional Irish whiskey, real cream and no Cool-Whip.
However, it takes longer to make and requires freezing before serving.
It’s also a bit more alcoholic than the other “Americanized” version, due to the addition of the extra Irish whiskey.
We like the second just as much since it’s far easier to make and tastes just as yummy, but you make the call!
Guinness cake is a type of fruitcake similar to the traditional porter cakes of yesteryear.
In some versions, it has simply raisins and citrus peel, but others use candied fruit and nuts.
When you make Guinness cake, put it in a tight container and reserve a bottle of Guinness.
Simply pierce the top of the cake and add more of the stout right before serving this delicious St Patricks Day dessert.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use parchment or wax paper to line the sides and bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan with 2 ¾ inch or higher sides or a loaf pan.
Sift together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Rub the butter into the flour mixture, and then add the brown sugar, peel and raisins.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until creamy yellow and add one 12-oz bottle of Guinness.
Blend the egg mixture with the dry ingredients until well mixed.
Pour batter into the cake pan and bake for 2 hours. Cover the top with aluminum foil if it begins to brown too quickly—normally after approximately an hour.
Insert a toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for approximately 20 minutes before turning it out of the pan onto a wire rack.
After it's cool, you can drizzle or mist the cake with some of the remaining Guinness. Let the cake mellow for several days before serving. You can drizzle more Guinness as necessary.
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