Customary Irish Dessert Recipes

Irish dessert recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth. They will give you that warm, fresh from the oven, feeling of home. This is the place to find the perfect ending to the perfect Irish meal or any meal.

The main ingredient in many Irish desserts is fruit, whether fresh in season or dried out of season. Fruit and berries are readily available on the island. That's why they are so common in Irish desserts. I personally don't care for dried fruit, but that's just me. The following Irish dessert recipes reflect that. In these recipes you will use either fresh or frozen ingredients.

Since Ireland has the perfect climate for growing apples the first recipes contain of all things apples.

Irish Apple Cake


    For pastry:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup milk

    For filling:
  • 2 apples
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

    For glaze:
  • 1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350°

Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl. With a pastry cutter or your fingers blend the butter in with the flour until it gets to the consistency of breadcrumbs. Add the 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix in the egg and about a 1/2 cup of the milk to form a soft dough. Use more milk if necessary. Divide in two. Spread half the dough onto a greased 9" round ovenproof plate. Work it with your fingers to cover the plate.

Peel, core and chop up the apples. Place them on the dough covered plate. Mix the cinnamon with the 2 tablespoons of sugar and sprinkle over the apples.

Roll out the other half of the dough. Use it to cover the apples pressing down on the edges to seal. Cut a slit in the top crust. Brush the top with the beaten egg wash. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until cooked through.

Serve warm. Sprinkle a little confectionary sugar on top and a dab of whipped cream.

The next Irish dessert recipe is a Fall favorite at our house, I think it will be at your house too. I'll show you the traditional Irish cooking method first, then show you how my family prepares it.

Apple Dumpling


    for filling:
  • 3 pounds apples
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

    for topping:
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 teaspoon baking soda

Peel and core the apples and cut into bite size chucks. Place the apples into an appropriate sized saucepan. Add the sugar, water and cinnamon.

For the topping cream the butter in a mixing bowl and add in the sugar. Beat in the eggs, then slowly add the flour. With the last of the flour mixed in add the baking powder. At this point a little milk may be added or not to get the mixture to a dropping consistency.

Spread the mixture evenly over the top of the apples. Cover the saucepan and cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to the lowest simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes. At this time the apples should be tender and the topping well steamed.

Serve warm with a little whipped cream or ice cream.

My family's variation of this recipe. I'm not sure if this qualifies as an Irish dessert recipe, but it works for me.

For the filling omit the water. Add the filling ingredients into an ovenproof bowl. Add the topping mixture, again spreading evenly on top. Place into a preheated 400° oven for 15 minutes. Turn down to 350° and bake for 30 to 45 minutes more until the apples reach the desired tenderness.

Serve warm with the vanilla flavored sauce recipe that follows.

In a small saucepan combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons flour. Bring to a boil. Make sure everything is dissolved then remove from heat. Add a tablespoon of butter and about a 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.

I think you'll find that using this sauce over the apple dumpling is the ultimate in comfort food. It's warm. It's sweet. It's filling. MM, MM, It doesn't get any better than this.

The next Irish dessert recipe uses your choice of two other popular fruits grown in Ireland, Raspberries and Strawberries.

Raspberry or Strawberry Cream


  • 1 1/2 pounds Raspberries or Strawberries
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar (according to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Press half the berries through a sieve or food mill to remove the seeds. Beat the egg whites until stiff, slowly add the sugar beating well. Whip the heavy cream separately, then fold into egg mixture with the berry puree. Pour mixture into four serving bowls. Roughly crush the remaining berries and put on top. Sprinkle on a little sugar. Chill and serve.

The next recipe isn't really a fruit. But it is plentiful in Ireland. This is one of the simple Irish dessert recipes.

Rhubarb Fool


  • 1 pound red rhubarb
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream

Cut the rhubarb into chunks and place into a saucepan. Stir in the sugar and water. Cover and bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer for about 20 minutes until soft. Stir until the rhubarb turns to mush. Chill the mixture. Meanwhile whip the cream. Fold the whipped cream into the cold rhubarb mixture.

Serve over shortbread.

This is just a very small sampling of Irish dessert recipes. There are many, many more. The Irish do have a sweet tooth, luckily for us. These desserts will go well with some of the other recipes at my website.

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