What Are Some Traditional Irish Desserts?


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Some traditional Irish desserts include Carrigaline whiskey pie and Dean Swift's burnt oranges. Irish shortbread is also a traditional dessert that people serve in the United States for Saint Patrick's Day.

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What Are Some Traditional Irish Desserts?
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Named after a town in Ireland near many famous whiskey distilleries, Carrigaline whiskey pie combines whiskey with potatoes, another traditional Irish food. This dessert begins as a sweet soufflé, but the addition of the mashed potatoes binds the mixture together. This is a flavorful dessert with the taste of oranges, almonds and whiskey. Dean Swift's burnt oranges have a similar flavor profile, made by baking oranges with Irish whiskey, a sweet wine, orange juice, sugar and butter.

Another well-known food from Ireland, butter, plays a prominent role in many traditional recipes, including Irish shortbread. Irish shortbread is an extremely easy dessert to make, as it requires only sugar, butter and flour. These cookies pair well with coffee, tea or as a traditional dessert following any Irish meal. To make Irish shortbread cookies, mix 1 cup of Irish butter, 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon of sugar and 2 1/2 cups of flour. Roll out the dough, cut it into rounds and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes.

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