Enjoy Guinness this St. Patrick’s Day with these alternative Irish recipes
From Guinness-pretzel truffles to ice cream floats and stews - the best recipes with an Irish twist
Guinness is iconically Irish. Here’s some interesting facts about the “Black Stuff” - as it's affectionately known - is brewed in 150 countries around the world, most famously in St. James's Gate, in Dublin, but also in Indonesia and even Nigeria. In fact, 40 percent of the 10 million glasses of Guinness drunk around the world are consumed in Africa.
Think about it, this means that on St. Patrick’s Day there will be far, far more than 5.5 million pints of Guinness imbibed around the world.
Seeing as it’s just so popular we decided to compile some new recipes so you Guinness fans can consume even more Guinness.
Here’s our top Irish Guinness recipes for the St. Patrick’s Day season:
1. Luscious Guinness chocolate cake recipe
This cake ticks all the boxes! It’s chocolatey, it includes Guinness, and you can decorate the top of the cake with the kids. Warning, the likelihood of there being leftovers of these cake are nil.
Check out the full Irish recipe here.
2. Guinness-Pretzel truffles
Do you want to be the most popular guest at the St. Patrick’s Day party? We suggest you whip up a batch or two of these.
Yield: 16 truffles
Prep: 30 minutes
Total with chilling: 3 hrs 15 minutes
12 oz. bottle Guinness Extra Stout (divided)
8 oz. semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup finely pulverized pretzel rods
3/4 cup crushed pretzels for rolling truffles
Place 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp of Guinness in a 2 cup saucepan. Set aside.
Pour the remaining Guinness into a separate small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
Cook until reduced to 1 tablespoon, about 15- 20 minutes.
Chop the chocolate into pieces and place in the saucepan with the Guinness.
Place the saucepan over medium to low heat and let stand until the chocolate starts to melt.
Stir with a wire whisk to blend together the chocolate pieces, but don’t whisk vigorously – we’re not trying to incorporate air.
When the chocolate is melted and smooth, begin to add butter 1 tbsp at a time. Whisk gently until butter is melted, and then add the 1 tbsp. Guinness Stout reduction. Stir in the pulverized pretzels.
Pour the chocolate mixture into a bowl and chill in the refrigerator until firm (or overnight).
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Scoop the ganache out by the heaping tablespoon and quickly roll between your palms.
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