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Last Updated on February 26, 2020 by Ellen Christian
I love enjoying healthy Irish desserts on St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every year on March 17. St. Patrick’s Day honors St. Patrick who is the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish have observed this holiday for over 1,000 years.
Irish Desserts: Irish Spice Cake
St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Legend explains that he explained the Holy Trinity by using the shamrock or three leaf clover to represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is a traditional Irish dessert that has no food coloring or artificial ingredients. Give your family the chance to try a real Irish dessert this year.
When looking for Irish desserts, there is no reason to search for a “green” dessert. Traditional St. Patrick’s Day desserts were not colored green. This Irish Spice Cake is one I remember from my childhood. It is a moist cake or bread that works well for breakfast or as a dessert topped with freshly whipped cream. And, it’s one of our favorite healthy Irish desserts.
Spice breads were typically heavy, moist breads that kept well wrapped in the pantry. They did not dry out as quickly as other breads which made them quite popular. While this recipe calls for raisins, you could easily substitute dried cherries, dried cranberries, dates or figs instead if that is what you have in your pantry.
I love that this is a healthy dessert made from whole ingredients. You can add sliced fresh fruit to the top along with the whipped cream if you like. This Irish dessert could be made throughout the year and topped with whatever fruit is in season in your area when you make it. It’s a wonderfully dense cake recipe with an amazing taste. I hope you have a chance to try it.
More Irish cakes
I would love to try a few more Irish cakes this year. And, I have heard that Irish Apple Cake and Irish Tea Cake are both delicious and relatively easy to make. Of course, scones and bread pudding are also fairly traditional Irish desserts to make. But, I have made them several times in the past.
You can try my cranberry walnut scones recipe. Or, if you like bread pudding, you can try my spiced pumpkin bread pudding and my bread pudding with praline topping. These are all family favorites at my house.
What is your favorite Irish dessert to have for St. Patrick’s Day? Have you tried any of the recipes I’ve mentioned before?
More St. Patrick’s Day articles
If you’re looking for more St. Patrick’s Day fun, why not try these:
- Make a natural mint Shamrock Shake
- Learn to make Irish Oatcakes
- Try Corned beef and cabbage
- Make an Irish buttermilk bath
- Learn about St Patrick’s Day history for kids
- Check out this framed Irish proverb craft
- Try my Bailey’s non alcoholic Irish cream
- Make an easy Irish coffee scrub
- Learn to make Irish soda bread
- Make an Irish cheese board
You may also like:
- Pumpkin cornbread recipe
- Crockpot flan recipe
- Gluten-free blueberry crisp recipe
- Chocolate coconut bars recipe
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 3/4 cup organic Turbinado sugar (or substitute light brown sugar)
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 tbsp Meyer lemon zest
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 4 ounces of organic butter
- 1/2 cup local honey
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 egg
- Preheat the oven to 325F.
- Mix the flour, baking soda, ginger, sugar, raisins, lemon zest, cinnamon and cloves in a large bowl.
- In a small pan, melt the butter. Turn off the heat & add the honey, egg and milk. Stir until blended.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until blended.
- Grease a large loaf pan. Pour the batter in making sure to fill only half way.
- Bake for 60 to 75 minutes covering the top in tin foil during the last 30 minutes of baking.
- Cool completely in the pan before removing.
- Bake 60-75 minutes. covering the bread with tin foil for the last 30 minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 423mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 2gSugar: 48gProtein: 6g
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.