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12 Irish Desserts You Must Try

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…

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.

Porter Cake

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

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

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.

Guinness Cake

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.

Baileys Brownies

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.

Mudslike Cheesecake

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.

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10 Interesting Dublin’s Attractions

Dublin, the capital of Ireland is a small city with an energy rivaling one of a titan. It’s a perfect getaway for literary buffs and beer devotees. Dublin has a…

Dublin, the capital of Ireland is a small city with an energy rivaling one of a titan. It’s a perfect getaway for literary buffs and beer devotees. Dublin has a lot to offer from medieval history, endless serene landscapes to one-of-a kind pub scene.

If it’s your first time in Dublin and you don’t have a lot of time to explore, it’s difficult to know what to dedicate your time to. As UNESCO’s city of literature you get a first hand glimpse at the lives of some of the greatest writers that ever lived, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde just to name a few.

Literature adventures aside, Dublin’s pub culture with live music, dare-to-try oyster stouts and mutton stew, make a compelling argument that Dublin is indeed a hedonist’s heaven.

This list is a quick rundown of 10 interesting Dublin’s attractions.

Dublin Castle

DUBLIN CASTLE AUGUST 2014 Ref-4011

It was built on a site previously settled by the Vikings, under the first Lord of Ireland, King John (1204). The castle carried out multiple functions over the centuries, a military fortress, a prison, treasury and more. It upheld its historical significance to this day, as now it’s used for State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations. It’s a perfect beginning of your Dublin adventure as it foretells the origin of the city.

Chester Beatty Library

The library is on the grounds of the Dublin castle and it was founded by the “King of Copper”, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, the mining magnate. The library hosts an extraordinary collection of some of the rarest Islamic and Far Eastern artifacts. It is so highly regarded that it even won the European Museum of the Year award.

Kilmainham Gaol

gaol

This was the final resting place for some of the most noted figures in Irish history, Charles Stewart Parnell, Robert Emmet and leaders of the rebellions. It’s a somber reminder of the dreadful conditions convicts were subjected to during their incarceration. Access is available by guided tour only.

National Leprechaun Museum

What a Surprise - There Is Actually a National Leprechaun Museum

As the name is pretty much self explanatory, the museum in question is devoted to cherishing the myth of a leprechaun. The museum is a fun experience with its tunnel full of optical illusions and rooms carefully designed to deliver a story. If you’re having trouble finding the museum just follow the end of the rainbow.

National Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens - Glasnevin

Dublin’s national botanic gardens grew to hold more than 20,000 plants and over a million of dry specimens. Take a day to spend relaxing in the sun, reading and having a picnic. There is no entry fee but the downside is that it’s a little bit outside of the city – but I promise that it’s worth the trip. It’s a Dubliner’s favorite escape from the everyday bustle.

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

Opened since 2000 and already attracted over four million visitors. Seven floors devoted to exploring the story of Guinness. What more can you ask expect than a Gravity Bar offering you a stunning view of Dublin and of course a pint of the Guinness.

Temple Bar

Temple Bar at Night

This is Dublin’s neighborhood famous for its artistic vibe. It’s the home to many cultural institutions, such as the The Gallery of Photography. The Gallery of Photography is located in Meeting House Square. It’s a beautiful place for a walk, as wherever you take a step you’ll be followed by lively music protruding from pubs and nightclubs.

Dublin Writers Museum

In 1991, the long awaited Dublin Writers Museum was opened to celebrate the heritage of their brightest minds. The Museum has an impressive collection. It hosts first editions of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, also his friend Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” among other famous works.

James Joyce Center

Many people travel to Dublin just to experience in person the spirit of the city that shaped their favorite author. The most famous Dubliner in many opinions is, James Joyce. The most famous exhibit is the door of No.7 Eccles Street, the fictional address of Joyce’s Ulysses protagonist Leopold Bloom. For the Joyce’s stans, you’re also able to follow the steps of Leopold Bloom through Dublin with walking tours on offer.

Tivoli Car Park

DUBLIN STREET ART - Tivoli Car Park

Every year there is an event organized by All City Jam, gathering graffiti artists from all over the world to use their walls as they please. It’s sort of a “graffiti mandala”, as the art remains intact for only a year. The Tivoli Theatre is on Francis Street, just off Thomas Street.

If this is your first trip to Dublin you’ll be surprised how intimate the city will already feel to you. Its cobbled streets and its unique character will have you enamored and as a witness to that, you’ll find yourself subconsciously already planning your return.

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