7 Irish Desserts You Cannot Miss When Visiting The Emerald Isle
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Most people associate traditional Irish cuisine with substantial comfort foods like stews, cooked breakfasts (such as the renowned "fry"), or the traditional Irish staples of bacon and cabbage. To satiate even the most voracious sweet appetite, the Emerald Isle offers an incredibly delicious assortment of delicacies. Consider these classic Irish desserts as a source of inspiration for your upcoming sweet delight. You'll be tasting some of the best desserts you've ever had.

Porter Cake

Porter cake is typically baked and consumed as part of the Irish Christmas Day meal. It is typical to prepare the Porter cake in the month of November and store it in an airtight container until the Christmas holidays commence since it keeps extremely well and deepens in flavour with age. The use of porter ale in the creation of porter cake gives it its name. Because of the ale, it's essentially a richly flavoured, thick, and moist fruit cake.

In order to make this boiling fruit cake, combine a box of cake mix with dried fruits, spices, and a generous pour of porter or Guinness. The alcohol evaporates while the cake boils, leaving behind lush fruit laced with ale and a deliciously moist texture.


Though they're perhaps most closely linked to the English, Scones are also much appreciated in Ireland. Every baker has a unique scone recipe that has been handed down through the years, but they all share the conviction that excellent Irish butter is necessary to create the ideal light and fluffy scone. The ideal way to serve these little cakes individually is with a generous dollop of homemade jam and a pot of strong tea.

Irish Apple Tart

One item that Irish people are very proud of is apples. This cool-weathered island produces a wide variety of delicious apples, and Irish bakers have managed to transform native apples into sumptuous treats. The Irish Apple Tart is the most well-known of all these apple-filled Irish delicacies.

Given its striking resemblance to apple pie, this traditional Irish treat could appear familiar to many in the West. The flavour is what distinguishes these Irish delicacies from other apple desserts. This tart does not contain any American apple pie spice. All you need is the pure sweetness of Irish apples combined with sugar and a flaky crust.

Oat Flapjacks

These traditional Irish treats have a wonderful flavour and delicious crunch! Made with oats and golden syrup to create a bar that holds up, Irish oat flapjacks are similar to granola bars.

This dish is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth in the middle of the day because it's quick and easy to grab. These Irish sweets come in a variety of forms; some add dried fruit or another grain, while others drizzle chocolate over the confections.

Guinness Chocolate Mousse

Guinness is as authentically Irish as it gets. Rich, deep-flavoured stout like this one is a common accompaniment to many Irish delicacies. Guinness also prevents confections from being too sweet by balancing their sweetness. Enjoying a scrumptious Guinness chocolate mousse as a dessert is one of the nicest ways to sip on a glass of Guinness. The whipped dark chocolate mousse complements the ever-so-slightly bitter Guinness flavour to provide the perfect amount of sweetness. Serve the mousse with chocolate flakes, Irish fresh whipped cream, and, if you're feeling really decadent, a shot of Bailey's.


A bread baked with raisins, sultanas, and glacé cherries is known as an Irish barmbrack. Typically, it is savoured toasty and accompanied by a generous amount of rich Irish butter. The Irish term "bairin breac," which means "speckled loaf," is where the name originates.

In Ireland, barmbrack is a year-round food that gains popularity during Halloween and Easter when it is prepared in a slightly different way. For whoever finds them in their slice, a variety of little objects baked inside the bread serve as emblems of the next year.

With a lovely cup of tea and a cosy piece of toasted barmbrack dripping with butter, you can't go wrong—luck or no luck.

Carrageen Moss Pudding

In Ireland, puddings made with carrageen moss provide for some delectable treats. Carrageen moss, or seaweed, is a particular native element in this unusual Irish dish.

This delicacy consists of a lovely but basic vanilla custard with dried carrageen moss on top. The salty, almost spice-like flavour that the moss imparts perfectly balances with the vanilla. This Irish dish is quite tasty and very locally sourced.