Make These Traditional Irish Recipes For St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Barmbrack Cake

Irish Barmbrack Cake

When you think of Irish food on St. Patrick’s Day, you usually don’t think of sweet treats. What comes to mind is corned beef and cabbage, or banger and mash. Although, the Irish enjoyed their sweets just as much as the rest of the world. So, instead of adding green food coloring to your regular dessert recipes, try making one of these sweet treats enjoyed in the lush lands of Ireland.

Irish Apple Tart

This dish is very similar to the American favorite, apple pie. But instead of baking this dessert in a deep pie dish that requires a lot of filling in a thin crust, you’ll make it in a shallow baking dish. Baking the dessert this way makes for a treat that has more equal parts of pastry and filling. In addition to stewed apples, most Irish recipes also include sultanas, ginger, and cinnamon. Try your hand at baking up this version of an Irish Apple Tart.

Carrageen Moss Pudding

Sounds adventurous, doesn’t it? We promise you will not be preparing a cup of moss-flavored mousse. You make this delectable Irish dessert with a type of red seaweed. Once processed, it’s much like the gelatin used in many American puddings and desserts like Jell-O. Combined with vanilla, eggs, and sugar, it makes for a delicious, light, and fluffy dessert. If you’d like to give this dessert a try, check out this recipe.

Tip: If you’re having trouble finding Carrageen Moss, look for it by its other names — Irish Moss or Chondrus Crispus.


Barmbrack is like a denser version of cinnamon raisin bread. Its made with sultanas, glacé cherries, and raisins. In Ireland, this treat is enjoyed year-round. Most people enjoy it warm, sliced, and smothered in butter. Here’s a quick and easy Barmbrack recipe.

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Porter Cake

If you spend St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, Irish Porter Cake is the dessert you’re most likely to see. Porter cake is a part of the St. Patrick’s day feast in Ireland. The cake is made with mixed dried fruits, spices, and a little dark porter such as Guinness.  Give it a try with this Porter Cake recipe.

No matter which recipe you decide to try or how you choose to celebrate, everyone at James Corlew Chevrolet wants you to remember to have fun and stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day.

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