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Suggestions for St Pat's day dessert--NOT cake

mededitor Mar 10, 2013 05:05 PM

We're hosting a st Pat's day traditional dinner, for which I'll be baking my classic Irish soda bread. So I'd love suggestions for an Irish dessert that isn't cakey, since the soda bread is rather heavy and will already fill that bill. Banoffee? I'm stumped.

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    1. chartreauxx Mar 10, 2013 05:25 PM

      how about a custard or a shortbread? shortbread with coffee (maybe irish coffee?) could be nice... otherwise, maybe a pie, like sweet potato or rhubarb?

      1. Bacardi1 Mar 10, 2013 05:47 PM

        "Grasshopper Pie"!!!!

        Not a "traditional" St. Pat's dish, but oh so good. Was my mom's St. Pat's Day treat. Colorful in St. Pat's colors & delicious.

        I don't have a recipe to share, but there are a fair number out there if you do a websearch. In fact, I'm thinking of making some version of it for hubby & I next week.

        1. roxlet Mar 10, 2013 06:00 PM

          Pistachio cookies served with mint ice cream.

          1. blue room Mar 10, 2013 06:13 PM

            Some beautiful ripe green pears and Irish cheese.

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              EM23 Mar 11, 2013 02:58 PM

              This is perfect!
              I'm serving an Irish cheddar with grapes and pistachios. And maybe these Irish whiskey truffles http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/ty...

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              WiscoKid Mar 10, 2013 06:39 PM

              Donegal Oatmeal Cream. I would post the link to the recipe, but I am very new to posting and I don't know how=(

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                blue room Mar 10, 2013 06:51 PM

                Wiscokid, it's worth it to figure out how to do links -- I'm not a good tech explainer, but you could start here
                and meanwhile here's a recipe for the Donegal Cream, which sounds really nice!
                Is this a good one?

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                  WiscoKid Mar 10, 2013 07:47 PM

                  http://www.europeancuisines.com/Irela... Donegal Oatmeal Cream. woot it works, thank you!

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                  juliejulez Mar 11, 2013 09:51 AM

                  You can just copy and paste the web address into the area where you type and it'll appear as a link :)

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                  foodieX2 Mar 10, 2013 07:06 PM

                  Not irish but a few years ago a friend served simple vanilla ice cream topped with creme de menthe. After the huge (heavy!) dinner this was quite nice and the green kept with the overall St Paddies Day theme.

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                  1. re: foodieX2
                    greygarious Mar 10, 2013 08:59 PM

                    There's always the option of pistachio ice cream, too.

                  2. meatn3 Mar 10, 2013 08:25 PM

                    My Aunt used to make chocolate filled meringues which were tinted green. They were just the right touch with coffee after a heavy meal. Not Irish, but it worked and looked festive!

                    1. Emme Mar 10, 2013 09:24 PM

                      I'm doing the following along with brown butter soda bread...

                      Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs
                      Colcannon Pie
                      perhaps a soup
                      i'm doing an apple pie i believe or a potato pie dessert... just because

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                        sandylc Mar 12, 2013 06:46 PM

                        I make colcannon and I want to hear more about your colcannon pie!

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                          Emme Mar 12, 2013 09:05 PM

                          i've done it several different ways...

                          i generally roast my cabbage. i often do a combo of kale and cabbage.

                          i prefer leeks over scallions, but i've done it without... prefer with.

                          i bake my potatoes rather than boil. i like to mash with a combo of butter, cream cheese, and a little milk to thin if necessary. along with S & P. i've done it with caraway seeds... meh, not as popular in my crowd.

                          sometimes i mix it all up and just bake in a pie plate.
                          sometimes i make a meat "crust" out of ground beef or pork.

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                            sandylc Mar 12, 2013 09:26 PM

                            THANK YOU - finally, an ally in the baked not boiled mashed potato realm. I keep posting the baked idea on the mashed threads and no one notices. It makes me feel so bad. ;-/

                            1. re: sandylc
                              Emme Mar 13, 2013 12:13 AM

                              people notice... don't be sad :) in fact, there are a number of baking proponents. i'm of a lonelier camp wherein i prefer to "par-nuke" my potatoes to soften them before throwing them in the oven.

                              1. re: Emme
                                sandylc Mar 13, 2013 08:35 AM

                                Yeah, we do the par-nuke when we start them too late....!

                      2. ipsedixit Mar 10, 2013 09:39 PM

                        Irish Coffee with Jamesons & Bailey's and Whipped Cream.

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                          Vidute Mar 10, 2013 09:50 PM

                          Guinness and ice cream Float.

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                            LindaWhit Mar 11, 2013 10:00 AM

                            Should have read ahead. :-)

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                              Vidute Mar 11, 2013 02:21 PM

                              Nahhhhhhhh..............you're just emphasizing the point that it's darn good! :)

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                            1MunchieMonster Mar 10, 2013 10:01 PM

                            Irish coffee parfaits with gingerbread cookies or stout cake between the layers.

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                              mededitor Mar 11, 2013 09:15 AM

                              Thank you ALL for your wonderful and creative ideas! Lots to choose from here. In fact, I may just do more than one!
                              Slainte, everyone!

                              1. LindaWhit Mar 11, 2013 09:58 AM

                                Guinness "Root Beer" float?


                                Some other ideas, including the Donegal Oatmeal Cream:


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                                  limoen Mar 11, 2013 03:05 PM

                                  How about rhubarb meringue pie? It's from Darina Allen so it must be Irish. Here's a recipe converted to US measures: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

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                                  1. re: limoen
                                    limoen Mar 12, 2013 03:06 PM

                                    ...er, I actually meant rhubarb tarte tatin...

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                                    pretzal Mar 11, 2013 03:15 PM

                                    You probably could make any non-cakey dessert and just decorate with green sugar crystals or icing and call it "Irish"

                                    1. nomnomnoms Mar 11, 2013 04:02 PM

                                      At my old restaurant, we used to do a Guinness float with frozen chocolate custard, a splash of Jameson and cocoa nibs on top of the foam. People already order a lot of booze on st Pattys day at a gastropub, but those floats sold like hot cakes!

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                                      1. re: nomnomnoms
                                        cleopatra999 Mar 13, 2013 08:50 AM

                                        How about a sticky toffee pudding? maybe not specifically Irish, but very UK I believe? You could make it with a hard sauce from Jameson.

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                                        KailuaGirl Mar 13, 2013 08:47 AM

                                        How about Strawberry Short Snakes? There are lots of recipes on the web. While not green, snakes and Ireland/St. Patty's Day go together. You could always tint the whipped cream green, and who doesn't like strawberry shortcake?

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                                        1. re: KailuaGirl
                                          cleopatra999 Mar 13, 2013 09:01 AM

                                          If you are going for the green thing, how about a pistachio panna cotta?

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                                          Rhee Mar 14, 2013 08:40 AM

                                          English Trifle. You could dye the whipped cream green,.

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