Whether you want to make a dessert for St. Patrick’s day or to satisfy your sweet tooth, here’s a list of Irish desserts you must try.
Some of them are easy to make from the comfort of your home but if you don’t prefer that, hit up cozy Irish cafes.
Carrageen Moss Pudding
Carrageen Moss is a type of red algae which can be found at the shores of Ireland. This seaweed has numerous health benefits – it’s rich in vitamins and minerals such as iodine, magnesium, and potassium.
It found its way in the Irish cuisine as well. Carrageen Moss is first soaked in warm water and then simmered with the milk (it can be any milk of your choice). The mixture is then usually flavored with orange juice and served as a dessert.
Here’s an interesting recipe for carrageen moss pudding.
Irish Whiskey Truffles
This is a great dessert for the whiskey connoisseurs and chocolate lovers. The recipe usually includes Jameson and the truffles are easy to prepare.
The cream is first heated then stirred with Jameson whiskey.
This is a cool dessert for St. Patrick’s day. Here’s a recipe with the detailed explanations.
This is a delicious cake that uses Porter such as Guinness or Beamish as an ingredient. It can be prepared in less than two hours and it’s ideal for those who love fruit.
Yes, this cake is a solid mix of dark beer and dried fruit. Typically Irish.
It’s recommended to leave this cake for a day or two before slicing it, but if you have zero patience, no one can blame you for trying it immediately!
Lemon Curd Sponge Cake
If you’re a fan of light desserts, this is a cake you absolutely have to try when in Ireland. It goes very well with the afternoon tea.
All it takes is a 45 min of preparation and 15 min of cooking.
You can check the full guidelines here.
Barmbrack is a yeasted bread with raisins and sultanas. Just like the Lemon Curd Sponge Cake, this one is also a popular afternoon dessert served with tea.
It’s very popular during Halloween when various objects are baked into the bread and then used to predict the future.
Tradition tells that those who find the ring will get married within the year, while silver coin means a good fortune.
Irish coffee is famous worldwide, for its interesting mix of coffee, whiskey, sugar, and cream. It was created in 1943 by Joe Sheridan in Limerick.
It’s not that complex to prepare, so if you want to try it in the comfort of your home, check out this recipe.
Irish Apple Cake
This is another very popular cake for the St. Patrick’s day. For those who don’t like overly sweet cakes, this will be an ideal choice for the dessert. Irish cake is often eaten with the custard sauce, which gives it an even better texture and taste.
This surely isn’t your everyday cake, but its interesting mixture is what makes it so special. The Guinness stout gives it an intensive flavor and the cake usually has a creamy white chocolate as a topping.
If you love Baileys (and brownies!) this is a combination you simply have to try. The recipe isn’t difficult to prepare yourself, but it does take some time. Here’s a great article which explains the process in detail.
This cheesecake is a great combination of cookies, mascarpone cheese, and Irish cream liquor. In case you want to make it yourself, you can get sandwich cookies such as Oreo. All you need is a blender and some patience.
Irish Lemon Pudding
This is a famous St. Patrick’s dessert, which surprisingly isn’t green colored! It’s a fantastic mix of creamy sweetness and lemony tartness. The bottom part of the cake is creamy while the top has a dense layer.
Irish Potato Candy
Irish potato candy is a famous dessert in the Philadelphia area, during St. Patrick’s day. Just note that the commercial versions of the candy do not contain potato at all. It is generally made with a coconut cream and it is rolled in cinnamon on the outside.
However, a homemade version can be made with real potato which is usually mashed and doesn’t have any additional liquids.