The Gleeful Gourmand: Raise A Glass To This Irish Dessert!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Raise A Glass To This Irish Dessert!

Even though today isn't technically St. Patrick's Day, the whole family packed up and headed over to my mother's for a big celebration complete with corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes, and Irish soda bread. Paired with plenty of Guinness, and wine, we all had a wonderful time.

Buck and the girls get their Irish on.
For dessert this year, I wanted to try something different. Many times in the past, I've made these Irish Cream Brownies, which are excellent. I searched through cakes and puddings, mousses and cupcakes, and finally came back to the first one I hit upon: Stout Floats with Cocoa Syrup. I was very intrigued by its simplicity, yet richness in flavor. The only hesitation I had was that my Mom hates beer. But even she was willing to take a chance. I made the syrup and whipped cream this morning (both very easy - and the syrup can be made 3 weeks ahead!), and instead of ice cream I used Stonyfield's After Dark Chocolate Yogurt (because I'm lactose intolerant, and it's only 100 calories, woot!). I don't care for Guinness all that much, and I LOVED this drink. It was so rich, and so delicious. My Mom...wasn't a fan, but it seemed to be a crowd pleaser nonetheless.

Chocolatey, Guinnessy, creamy goodness.

You can find the recipe here at Bon Appétit's website. Some notes: You really do need a long spoon to mix everything together. The drink is at it's best when all the different flavors are combined. I also used Guinness Draught, just to err on the side of caution when it came to bitterness. Happy St. Patrick's Day!!


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