The Irish cuisine is known to offer some of the most delicious and creamy temptations that truly make the dessert the most special part of any meal. Irish dessert include a variety of cakes, pies and puddings with certain specific ingredients such as apples, Irish coffee, Irish liqueur, Irish cream and of course a wide assortment of fresh fruits. Here I have put together a selection of some of the most scrumptious and mouth-watering Irish dessert recipes. The term Irish desserts can be used to describe traditional Irish desserts as well as the ones, which have a distinct Irish touch of famous Irish ingredients like the Irish cream, or Irish coffee or the popular Irish liqueur.
Sabayon is actually an Italian dessert, which is made with egg yolk, sugar and a sweet liqueur, however this recipe gives the Italian twist to this dessert with a hint of Irish liqueur.
• 4 Egg yolks
• Powdered Sugar - 1/4 cup.
• Irish Mist liqueur - 4 tbsp.
• White wine - 3/4 cup
• Lemon juice - 2 tsp.
• Fresh raspberries - ¾ cup
• Fresh strawberries - 1 cup
• Blueberries - 1 cup
• Confectioner sugar - 1 tbsp.
• Fresh mint springs
◈ First of all to prepare the sabayon mix the egg yolks, lemon juice, sugar, white wine and the Irish mist liqueur in a double boiler.
◈ Place the mixture over simmering water and whisk for about eight to ten minutes.
◈ Now, separate equal quantities of the raspberries, strawberries and blueberries among six oven-proof bowls.
◈ Now, put the sabayon over the fruits and brown the contents under the broiler for 2-3 minutes.
◈ In case you are not comfortable with the broiler, use a kitchen blowtorch and move the flame over the surface until the top is browned.
◈ As a final touch, dust with confectioners' sugar and garnish with fresh mint sprigs.
Rhubarb is a plant that is grown primarily for its fleshy petioles, which are commonly known as Rhubarb sticks. Irish recipes make use of this plant. The rhubarb pie recipe has to contain a large amount of sugar since the tartness of the plant has to be balanced.
• Sliced Rhubarb - 4 cups
• Beaten eggs - 3
• Sugar - 1½ cups
• All-purpose flour - ¼ cup
• Nutmeg - ¾ tsp.
• Pie pastry
• Margarine - 2 tbsp.
◈ It is very important that you get the right amount of sweetness for this pie filling.
◈ For the filling, mix the sugar, and nutmeg into the flour.
◈ After that add the beaten eggs and rhubarb and mix thoroughly.
◈ Line the pie plate with the pie pastry and coat it with butter.
◈ Add the filling on the pie pastry and top it with the crust.
◈ Seal the pie and bake at about 400°F for an hour.
◈ Allow the pie to cool down to room temperature and cute into pieces.
◈ Serve with fruit toppings or whipped cream.
Blackberries, or brambles, are the fruits of a plant called Rubus fruticosus which is a perennial plant that thrives in Ireland. There are several traditional Irish recipes that use blackberries. Here is a unique blackberry recipe which is a must try for dessert lovers.
• Fresh blackberries - 2 cups
• Powdered sugar -1/2 cup
• Water -1/2 cup
• Egg whites - 2
◈ Wash the blackberries and remove stalks from the fruit.
◈ Using a blender, make a puree of the blackberries and strain it through a sieve.
◈ Now add the sugar in water and boil it for five minutes to make a thick syrup.
◈ Now, add the blackberries to the sugar syrup and boil for another minute.
◈ Allow this mixture to cool and then blend it into beaten egg whites.
◈ Freeze it adequately until it forms a sorbet.
◈ Serve chilled with fresh blackberries.
Irish trifle is an equally decadent option for those who prefer to have their desserts sans alcohol. An ambrosial amalgam of strawberries, whipped cream, custard, and ladyfingers, Irish trifle is one swoon-worthy dessert you must try!
• 1 pint of fresh strawberries
• 2 tbsp. Sugar
• 20 ladyfingers
• 4 egg yolks
• 4 cups whole milk
• 2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
• 3 tbsp. Cornstarch
• 1 tbsp. powdered sugar
• 1 cup heavy whipping cream
◈ Before starting with the recipe, make sure that the strawberries are hulled and sliced. Put them with sugar in a bowl and mix them properly (all strawberries must get covered with sugar). Let sit for 20 minutes (till the strawberries start oozing their juices).
◈ Refrigerate this mixture for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
◈ By the time the strawberries are getting chilled, you can start preparing the custard.
◈ Begin by whisking egg yolks, milk, powdered sugar, and cornstarch in a mixing bowl.
◈ After you finish mixing them thoroughly, move the mixture to a saucepan.
◈ Heat it on medium flame for 15 to 20 minutes and keep stirring it, till the consistency of the mixture becomes thick.
◈ Close the flame and add vanilla and butter in the mixture and stir till the butter gets melted.
◈ Refrigerate the mixture for a good 2 hours.
◈ After the mixture is agreeably cooled, move it into a stand mixer and add heavy whipping cream along with sugar in it.
◈ Beat the mixture till it becomes soft, creamy and forms soft peaks. Do not over-mix it or else you will cause the mixture to lose its fluffiness.
◈ Now is the time when you start working on the aesthetic part of it. Start by arranging ladyfingers at the bottom of the dessert bowl. Work on the second layer by adding the strawberries. Smother them with a layer of custard, followed by a layer of whipped cream.
◈ Alternate layers of strawberries with custard and then finally garnish it with the remaining strawberries and mint leaves.