Guest Post : Our Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Sweets!

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th of March. I’m happy to share the below article where Joe Hughes from the Village Bakery shares their favorite sweets for the day. Surely sweet treats, I can’t wait to try them myself!

Our Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Sweets!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up quickly, and an abundance (often green) of treats will be in bars, on kitchen tables, sold in restaurants and given away in schools. It’s a great day to celebrate, and since baking is kind of our thing, it only makes sense to start preparing for that sweet-treat making now.

Of course, you can modify some great recipes, such as the Vanilla Strawberry Sprinkles Cake by adding green food coloring and frosting.

There are a lot of great sweets that will tickle the taste buds on St. Patrick’s Day. An assortment of breads will be on the table, such as:

  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Brown Soda Bread
  • Guinness Bread

And countless other treats that make the mouth water.

Our favorite recipes stay true to the Irish tradition and offer a delightful treat for all ages.

Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

Mini cheesecakes are a big hit among kids, and they’re super simple to make. But, we’re going to be baking a complete cake this time, with chocolate goodness mixed in that is sure to be a hit at every party in town.

You’ll need a few items to get started:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • 9-inch springform pan
  • Large bowl
  • Cake knife
  • Spatula

A few other common items, such a spoons and aluminum foil, will be needed as well.

You’ll also need a large variety of ingredients to help you make your masterpiece. The ingredients list includes:

  • 1.25 chocolate cook crumbles (just break up the chocolate cookies)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 x 8 ounce cream cheese packages
  • 1.25 white sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 – 4 eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sour cream

If you want a true Irish tasty, you’ll also need a 1/4 cup of Irish cream liqueur. Use your own judgment with this ingredient and add as necessary. I like to experiment and often try new liquors to give a unique flavor to every cheesecake.

Now, this isn’t a fast recipe because the cake will need to settle for 8 hours or so for best taste. So, prepare early in the morning or the night before for best results.

Ready?

Turn your oven to 350 degrees to preheat. Add the cookie crumbs, confectioners’ sugar and 1/3 cup of cocoa into the large mixing bowl. Put the butter into the microwave (or leave on the top of the oven until melted) and mix it into the bowl until it’s mixed well.

Place the mixture into the springform pan and push it into the bottom. Place in the oven for 10 minutes and remove.

Turn the oven to 450 degrees.

In your other large bowl, you’ll mix the white sugar, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, flour and cream cheese. Once it’s well blended, you’ll add in the eggs and mix with each addition. Try to find the consistency you like best. Most cooks prefer 3 – 4 eggs. Finally, put in the liqueur and sour cream and mix on a low speed.

Place the filling into the crust and bake for 10 minutes. Lower the temperature to 250 degrees and let cook for 60 minutes.

Let cool (loosen the crust first for best results) and remove the pan rim. Add a few chocolate crumbs to the top and enjoy.

Remember to let cool and settle for 7 – 8 hours.

Irish Tea Cake

St. Patrick’s Day almost requires an Irish tea cake. This delicious cake is a must-have, but if you’re not a fan of it, I highly recommend Matcha Green Tea Eclairs or a Cranberry Trifle as a substitute.

But if you love cake (who doesn’t?), you can make a traditional Irish tea cake in just an hour and a half.

You’ll need just a few items:

  • 9-inch round pan
  • Medium bowl
  • Toothpicks
  • Wire rack

The ingredients list is pretty simple, too:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and place the sugar and butter into the medium bowl. Mix the ingredients until they cream. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and beat until well mixed. Stir in the vanilla extract and combine the salt, baking powder and flour in a different bowl.

Start to pour the mixture into the medium bowl, alternating between the baking powder mixture and the milk. Slowly adding in each, you’ll continue until the batter is a good consistency.

Note: If the batter is too stiff, add a small amount of additional milk. Just a tablespoon or two will normally do the trick.

Grease the pan.

Spread the batter into the pan evenly and bake for 30 – 35 minutes. You’ll use your toothpick to judge if the middle of the cake is done. Place the toothpick in. If it comes out clean, you’re done.

Cool on the wire rack for 30 minutes, dust with the confectioners sugar and serve.

These two sweets will be a big hit on St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget to experiment with your own recipes to add to the fun.

 

About the author of this article:
Joe Hughes, known by most as the Village Baker, is an expert in homestyle cooking techniques, with a primary interest in baking. He runs the very popular website, http://village-bakery.com, which provides the latest homestyle cooking news, techniques, tricks, and recipes. He can be reached at [email protected]

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