15 Delicious Irish Dessert Ideas and Recipes

15 DELICIOUS IRISH DESSERT IDEAS AND RECIPES

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Apart from being renowned for the delectable food, Ireland is also a haven for those with a sweet tooth. Not only do they taste incredible, but the immense variety will also satisfy all your cravings! With simple ingredients and a short prep time, give these ideas a try when you want ideas for Irish desserts easy on your pocket but heavenly on your tongue.

15 Best Irish Dessert Ideas

There is no denying that Festivals are all about good food and teaming them up with the favorite desserts makes every occasion even more special. Never get short of ideas for desserts from now on. Let’s look at some beautiful recipes of the best Irish desserts that are not only easy to make but would bring a different level of happiness to your taste buds.

1. Irish Bread Pudding With Jack Daniels Caramel-whiskey

A boozy transformation to a classic bread pudding, this is a favorite dessert among adults.

Prep time 

24 hours 35 minutes

Servings

12

Ingredients 

Ingredients for Bread Pudding:

  • ¼ Cup melted butter
  • 16 ounces French bread (cut into 1-inch slices)
  • ½ cup raisin
  • ¾ cup Jack Daniels whiskey
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • One tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces can evaporate milk
  • Two lightly beaten eggs
  • Three tablespoon sugar
  • Four teaspoons cinnamon
  • Cooking spray

Ingredients for Caramel whiskey sauce:

  • 2/3 cup water
  • ¼ cup butter(cut into small pieces)
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup whiskey
  • ¼ cup milk

Instructions

  • Lay down the slices of bread for about 24 hours to make the crust crispy (if you don’t have time to do this, you could even skip the step. But doing this ensures that the bread absorbs as much pudding as it can).
  • Mix whiskey and raisins in a bowl, cover it and keep it in the refrigerator overnight (this is done to allow the raisins to soak as much whiskey as possible. But if you are running short on time, dunking it for at least 30 minutes would be good enough too).
  • For the sauce, mix sugar and water in a small saucepan, stir it continuously, and make sure that the flame is medium-high. Switch off the gas once the mixture becomes golden, and don’t stir the mix after that.
  • Now add butter and cream cheese and stir it continuously to avoid clumps
  • Let the mixture cool and mix it in whiskey and milk. You will notice the mixture bubbling.
  • For Pudding, Preheat the oven at 350°F.
  • Spread the melted butter with a brush on one side of the bread
  • Keep the buttered side up and bake it lightly for almost 10 minutes.
  • Cut the bread into ½ inch cubes and keep it aside.
  • Take a large bowl and mix milk, vanilla extract, sugar, eggs, evaporated milk, and the undrained whiskey in it. Stir it well.
  • Now add the bread cubes, press them down very gently to moisten, and let them sit in it for around 20 minutes.
  • Now pour this mixture into a baking dish of 13*9 inches, coating it well with cooking spray.
  • Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle them over the pudding
  • Bake and serve it with the whiskey sauce.

2. Irish shortbread cookies

These shortbread cookies are a must-have dessert if you are looking for traditional Irish desserts.

Prep time

2 hours 10 min

Servings

20 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour

Instructions 

  • Mix the cream butter and the sugar until they get fluffy.
  • Sift them in flour and cornstarch and mix them well until they mix well.
  • Press them onto a pan
  • Prick them all over with the help of a fork.
  • Bake this in an oven which is preheated at 275 F for about 30 minutes and another half an hour at 250 F
  • Sprinkle them with powdered sugar and cut them into cookie shapes.

3. Irish Soda Bread With Raisins and Caraway

The Irish soda bread with Raisins and Caraway is undeniably one of the most genuinely Irish desserts loved by all.

Prep time 

1 hour 35  minutes

Servings

 8-10

Ingredients

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • One tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 ½  tablespoon salt
  • ½ cup butter cut into small cubes
  • One teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 ½ cup raisins
  • One large egg

Instructions

  • Butter a 12-inch diameter skillet after preheating the oven at 350
  • Whisk the ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add butter and stir in the caraway seeds and the raisins
  • Mix egg and buttermilk in a bowl.
  • Add to dough and stir.
  • Transfer dough to the skillet.
  • Cut the center of the dough with a sharp knife
  • Bake it for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cool the bread for 15 minutes
  • Turn it upside down and serve after it cools completely.

4. Irish Whiskey Cake

This Irish whiskey cake is one of the most authentic Irish desserts loved by many people for its perfect taste and flavor.

Prep time 

1 hour 30 minutes

Servings

8-9

Ingredients

  • 3-ounce instant vanilla pudding
  • One box yellow cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • Two finely chopped walnuts
  • 1-2 fluid ounce whiskey
  • One egg
  • Two tablespoon flour
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½-3/4 cup whiskey
  • ¼ lb butter

Instructions

  • Add pudding mix, cake mix, egg, oil, and milk in a bowl and mix them well.
  • Flour the nuts and then fold them into the batter.
  • Bake in a round pan for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
  • For preparing the glaze, mix butter, whiskey, and sugar.
  • Pour the glaze over it and leave it in the pan overnight.
  • Next morning, you will have the dessert ready.
  • All it takes is an overnight wait to relish the wonderful Irish dessert.
  • Serve them to your guest on any occasion.

5. Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread

This gluten-free Irish soda bread is not only good in taste but is healthy too.

Prep time 

1 hour

Servings

8

Ingredients

  • Two lightly beaten eggs
  • 1 cup resins
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 cups gluten-free flour
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • One teaspoon salt
  • One teaspoon baking soda
  • Three teaspoons caraway seeds
  • Three teaspoons baking powder

Instructions

  • Use a 9-inch pan and spray it with cooking oil.
  • Mix wet ingredients in one bowl and dry ingredients in another.
  • Mix wet and dry ingredients but don’t overdo it.
  • Preheat the oven and pour the dough into the pan.
  • Bake for 90 minutes until bread becomes light brown.
  • Easy to prepare and tastes yummy, the recipe is indeed a perfect blend of taste and health.

6. Irish Potato Candies

These potato candies are an irresistible Irish dessert, allowing you to consume desserts without the unhealthy processed elements.

Prep time 

30 minutes

Servings

100 candies

Ingredients

  • One teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • 4-ounce cream cheese
  • 7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
  • One package confectioners sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Mix cream, butter, and cream cheese in a bowl.
  • Add sugar and vanilla.
  • Beat the mixture well until it starts forming balls
  • Make small balls out of the mix.
  • Roll the balls over cinnamon placed in the bowl.
  • Place the balls over the cookie sheet and cool them for an hour.
  • Serve them with a cup of tea or even a coffee and get ready to receive the compliments.

7. Perfect apple crumble

For the mini dessert meals, apple crumble is the truly Irish dessert for you.

Prep time 

30 minutes

Servings

Eight people

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ stick melted butter
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Six large apples
  • ½ tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Juice of half lemon

Instructions

  • Preheat, grease the dish with butter. Whisk pecans, salt, flour, and brown sugar. Stir them together in melted butter.
  • Add sugar, ginger, cinnamon, apples, and lemon juice to the baking dish. After spreading, press the mixture on the apples.
  • Bake until the apple bubbles for about 60 minutes.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream.
  • This dessert is a must-have set dish, especially in the summer season. Treat your taste buds with this beautiful recipe which is also easy to make.

IRISH COFFEE

8. Irish Coffee

For all the coffee lovers, Irish coffee is one of a kind authentic flavor from Ireland.

Prep time

15-20 minutes

Servings

2 cups

Ingredients

  • 16 oz hot water
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 oz Irish whiskey
  • Chocolate shavings
  • ½ cup heavy cream  for topping

Instructions

  • Let the hot water sit for 2 minutes in 2 cups. Take the water out and add 1tbsp brown sugar to each of them. Pour over hot coffee and mix. Then add whiskey.
  • Whisk cream in a separate bowl. Add the cream over coffee. Garnish with the chocolate shavings
  • This wonder cup is now ready to be served to your guests. Ready in minutes, this coffee is a lifesaver even for your unexpected guests.

9. Irish Ginger Snaps

For all those minor hunger pangs, these Irish ginger snaps will take care of your taste buds and your tummy.

Prep time

20 minutes

Servings

38

Ingredients

  • One egg
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • One teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • One teaspoon ground ginger
  • One teaspoon ground  cinnamon

Instructions 

  • After preheating the oven, mix eggs, salt, cream sugar, and shortening. Then add all spices along with the baking soda. Roll the mixture into small balls.
  • Roll the balls over sugar
  • Bake for 5-6 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Once the crust gets visibly golden brown, turn off the oven and serve them after it gets perfectly cooled.

10. Mums apple pie

This apple pie is not the usual one. This has some unique ingredients that make it even more delicious.

Prep time

2 hours

Servings

8

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup cake flour
  • 11/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tbsp shortenings
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • One beaten egg

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven and grease the pan.
  • Mix flours, salt, and sugar in a bowl. Add butter and shortenings and mix until it forms crumbs. Add lemon juice and sour cream
  • Keep it aside until it includes small balls.
  • Wrap it and refrigerate for 1 hour
  • Roll the dough in 1/8 inch and then unroll them into the pan.
  • To prepare the filling, take nutmeg, sugar, and flour in a bowl and mix well. Pour lemon juice and refrigerate.
  • Crust the outer layer with the beaten eggs and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  • Once the crust gets golden brown, turn off the oven and put the dish to cool.
  • Once completely cooled, serve it to your guests or pamper yourself with these tasty desserts.

11. Irish Bannock

This particular name is dedicated to a special kind of cake baked with some even more unique ingredients.

Prep time 

55 minutes

Servings

8

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup dried currants

Instructions

  • Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add butter to it. Mix thoroughly. Add buttermilk to make the dough soft.
  • Knead the dough properly for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Roll it in 7 inches round dough and place on the cookie sheet
  • Cut half-inch deep cut from side to side
  • Preheat the oven and bake for 40 minutes until the crust becomes golden brown.
  • Cool and serve with a cup of tea. Wait for the compliments you are going to get after that.

12. Irish Pound Cake

While counting the Irish desserts, it would be unfair to ignore the Irish pound cake. As delicious as the rest are, this cake has equally excellent taste and flavors.

Prep time

2 hours 15 minutes

Servings

12

Ingredients

  • One package of cream cheese
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • Six large eggs
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground mace
  • One jigger Irish whiskey
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven
  • Mix cream cheese and butter with the blender in a bowl.
  • Add eggs and beat thoroughly.
  • Beat the last one in the flour.
  • Stir the remaining 2 cups with vanilla extract and whiskey.
  • Bake for around 1 hour.
  • Cool it completely and serve with tea and get ready to receive numerous compliments.

13. Shamrock shake

Shakes are everyone’s favorite! And when it has those tempting flavors, it would be even harder to resist.

Prep time 

5 minutes

Servings

1

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • Three large scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • Green coloring
  • Whipped cream
  • Cherry

Instructions

  • Mix vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, peppermint extract, and coloring in a bowl; blend them well.
  • Pour the entire ingredients into a glass.
  • Top with whip cream and cherry.

14. Scones

Scones are mini Irish desserts that are so much more impressive than their small size.

Prep time 

25 minutes

Servings

8

Ingredients

  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • One beaten egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven and add flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt to a bowl. Add butter to the mixture. Now take another bowl.
  • Mix egg and milk in another bowl
  • Knead the dough and turn it into ½ inch thick rounds.
  • Cut these rounds into eight wedges
  • Place them on the cookie sheet or a plate.
  • Bake for around 15 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve them once completely cooled.

15. Barmbrack

While trying Irish desserts, don’t forget to make Barmbrack which people of all age groups have liked since the very beginning.

Prep time 

1 hour 30 min

Servings

12 people

Ingredients

  • One ¾ cups sultanas
  • One ¾ cups raisins
  • One orange
  • One lemon
  • 2 cups of strong tea
  • 1 1/3 cups of dark brown sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spices
  • Two beaten eggs

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven at a temperature of 325°F.
  • Mix sultanas, raisins, sugar, and zest of orange and lemon
  • Pour hot tea over the mixture.
  • Cover it with cling wrap and allow it to stay overnight
  • Whisk flour, spice, and baking powder in another bowl.
  • Mix this mixture with eggs and beat until there are no dry streaks left.
  • Pour the batter into the pan.
  • Bake until the cake becomes golden brown for approx. 80-90 minutes
  • Cool it completely and serve.

Sweets and celebrations have always been best friends, and no occasion goes without the unique desserts. All the desserts mentioned above are easy to make and guarantee the best experience to your taste buds. With all the easy recipes shared above, your work has become even more accessible. Try them to experience the irresistible taste.

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