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Suggestions for a St. Patrick's Day dessert

oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 07:35 AM

does any one have any suggestions for a green??? dessert. I've been thinking about making a key lime pie with green lime slivers. Maybe arecipe with green pistachios .Also I 've thought about making something with Bailey's Irish cream liquer. I'd appreciate any and all ideas. thank you in advance. I'll reprt back on anything I try.

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    mtrosellis RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 08:04 AM

    Traditional St. Patrick's Day confection ... you can even add a little green coloring to the cake and/or frosting if you so desire.


    4 eggs
    1-3/4 cups sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    3 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup milk
    1/4 cup butter, melted

    2 pounds confectioners' sugar (about 7-1/2 cups)
    2/3 cup milk
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    6 cups finely chopped peanuts

    In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick and lemon-colored, about 4 minutes. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture. Beat on low speed just until combined. Add the milk and butter; mix well. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Cover and freeze overnight.
    For frosting, in a mixing bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and salt; beat until smooth. Frosting the top, bottom and sides of frozen cake squares; roll in peanuts. Place on wire racks to dry. Yield: 2 dozen.

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      julesrules RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 08:04 AM

      I had pistachio cream pie once. It was okay.

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        pomme de terre RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 09:15 AM

        I made this bread pudding with whiskey sauce for a St. Patrick's Day party a while ago, and it was a hit:


        The sauce is really good, and the pudding and sauce can basically be made in advance and then heated up, so it's easy when you have guests. The only downside is that if you're serving something potato-y beforehand, a bread-based dessert makes it a pretty starch-tastic meal.

        I've also always wanted to make a little layer chocolate-and-coffee mousse parfait of sorts, that would look like a baby Guinness if served in a clear cup or dish, but I've never quite gotten it off the ground.

        If you specifically want something green, you could also consider mint-flavored things in addition to lime.

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          mojoeater RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 09:18 AM

          We had big St. Patty's day parties every year when I was a kid. My mom always made grasshopper pie and used green food dye to make it more green. The blend of mint and chocolate is delish!

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            pescatarian RE: mojoeater Mar 12, 2007 09:22 AM

            I was thinking grasshopper pie too. I used to love it as a kid. My aunt used to make a frozen one that's good too.

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            Icook RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 09:51 AM

            Key Lime pie -yummmm

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              Diana RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 09:57 AM

              You know, Alton Brown has a recipe for a cake frosting using avocado:


              You could also make avocado and honey smoothies with pistacio ice cream, or lime ice cream.

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                sugarbuzz RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 10:25 AM

                I would make a kiwi sorbet. Very green.

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                  mom2 RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 11:42 AM

                  here is a kid friendly one, "clover cupcakes"

                  1. mimilulu RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 12:49 PM

                    The past 2 years I've made the chocolate Guinness cake from Nigella Lawson's "Feast." This year, we're having a bunch of people and I'm making that and an apple cake...probably the one from Dorie Greenspan's "Baking" book. Neither are green, but I don't think I'll have any complaints!

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                      kcchan RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 01:04 PM

                      Not green, but Guinness brownies. Or, I made a Bailey's cake a while back - cake laced with Bailey's (or any other Irish Cream) and then soaked with an Irish Cream glaze.

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                        mom2 RE: kcchan Mar 12, 2007 02:10 PM

                        can you post the recipe, it sounds great!

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                          kcchan RE: mom2 Mar 12, 2007 07:49 PM

                          Sure - you can find the recipe for the Irish Cream cake here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Irish-Cr...

                          (I admit, I used a box cake mix which is a big no-no for chowhounds. But, I did make my own Irish Cream from scratch, and it tasted good...)

                      2. Kitchen Queen RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 02:41 PM

                        For something light - green jello w/pineapple. Top w/fresh whipped cream. Vanilla Bean Ice cream topped w/Baily's and a green mint leaf

                        1. Niblet RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 03:05 PM

                          Similar to Kitchen Queen's suggestion, this is a 70's thing (I'm not keen on cool whip generally but I love this): make pistachio pudding and mix with can of pineapple chunks and a container of cool whip. Turn into a graham-cracker lined piecrust (or individual sizes); chill.

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                            sugarbuzz RE: Niblet Mar 12, 2007 05:19 PM

                            Oh! That so reminds me of the pistachio cake my mom used to make for us as kids. Pistachio pudding mix & white cake mix gives you a green & very tasty treat. We're all adults & more than capable of making it on our own but it tastes so much better when mom does it.

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                            Val55 RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 05:40 PM

                            Haagen Daaz has a Bailey's Irish Cream ice cream that is to die for.

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                              piccola RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 05:47 PM

                              Either avocado bread: http://shewhoeats.blogspot.com/2004/0...
                              Or matcha recipes: http://www.hibiki-an.com/default.php/...

                              1. DebitNM RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 08:06 PM

                                Pistachio Creme


                                1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
                                1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice , undrained
                                1 cup Miniature Marshmallows
                                1/2 cup chopped Pecans
                                1-3/4 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

                                STIR pudding mix, undrained pineapple, marshmallows and pecans in large bowl until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping; cover.

                                REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until ready to serve.

                                1. Emme RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 10:22 PM

                                  I was gonna suggest Grasshopper Pie as well.

                                  How about Green Velvet Cake?

                                  Instead of plain key lime, how about key lime cheesecake.

                                  Irish Potato cake, but that's less green obviously

                                  Not green either, but Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread is made w/ Guiness

                                  Cheesy but cute cookies http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Irish-Fl...

                                  Or, try this Irish Whiskey Pie (scroll down a bit) http://members.tripod.com/~MsAnn1/StP...

                                  1. chef chicklet RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 10:32 PM

                                    Chocholate cookie Ice cream sandwiches with mint chocolate chip filling.....

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                                      soupkitten RE: oleanatypefood Mar 12, 2007 11:45 PM

                                      similar to the bailey's cake idea, you can make a choc cake either from scratch or "cheater," from mix, incorporating jameson's or bushmill's, then make buttercream using more whiskey to flavor. it's actually a lovely combo when done right, and not overpowering--not green, but you could always garnish the pretty cake with green candies or something.

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                                        Val55 RE: oleanatypefood Mar 13, 2007 05:38 AM

                                        You could make rainbow cookies, but color them dark green, light green and white. I did this for july 4 once and made them red white and blue. They were very popular.

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