Guinness Cake, for instance, is fruitcake-like, but calls for, you guessed it, Guinness beer.
To prepare this Irish goody, cream 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Then beat in three eggs. Add 2 1/4 cups flour, a pinch of salt and a dash each of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Add your choice of dried fruit — raisins and cherries both work well, or whatever you prefer. For extra flavor you may want to first soak them in Guinness or other dark beer. Finally, mix in 8 ounces of Guinness, pour mixture into 8-inch cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for two hours until firm in the center. Serve with a bit of whip cream or vanilla ice cream if desired.
If you’re not in the mood to cook, but still want a distinctly Irish dessert, try an Irish sundae. Buy a gallon of vanilla or coffee-flavored ice cream. Pour Irish Cream, chocolate sauce and your choice of nuts over top. Enjoy!
No Irish dessert is complete without a good and well-spiked cup of coffee. That means a shot of Irish Cream, a splash of half and half and a teaspoon of brown sugar. The Irish definitely knew how to get their drink on.
Saint Patrick’s Day blessing upon you!