St. Paddy’s Day DIY
By: Meghan Reichert
Shamrock shakes are an annual, and very festive drink served throughout the month of March at McDonalds. The drink is a peppermint flavored milkshake, usually dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day. They’re super easy to make at home and only require a few ingredients.
3 cups good quality vanilla ice cream
1 3/4 cups 1% milk
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Green food coloring, if desired
Top with whip cream and a cherry, if desired
Blend all ingredients in a blender until completely thick and smooth.
Pour into glasses and serve!
Peek-a-boo Pound Cake
This fairly simple pound cake would be a great addition to any St.Patrick’s Day themed party. Although pound cake isn’t a traditional St. Paddy’s Day dessert, the hidden shamrock will make it one for the books.
- Use basic pound cake recipe and double it. Put half in a separate bowl and dye it green. Make sure you use enough dye to get a dark green.
- Cook the pound cake according to your recipies directions.
- Let it cool, then slice it into inch thick slices and put them in the freezer for 10 minutes so they cut easier.
- You can either print out a shamrock template and cut them out or use a 2 inch cookie cutter for best results, as they will be a bit crisper in shape and it would save a lot of time.
- Then put a thin layer of batter on the bottom of the pan and stick the clovers in standing up and GENTLY top it with the rest of the batter then bake as normal.
- To make this recipe extra special, replace 1/4 cup of the milk with lime juice,and make lime simple syrup and let the cake soak in it. The simple syrup was 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup lime juice. Also adding some mint extract to the basic pound cake recipe would be really good. Just a little something special to really set this apart.
Blarney Stones are a very traditional St. Patrick’s Day treat. These are based on the real blarney stone at Blarney Castle in Ireland. People go there to kiss the stone because kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery).
4 eggs, separated
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup butter
2 to 2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
crushed salted peanuts
- Beat yolks with hand held electric mixer until thick and lemon colored. Add sugar gradually, beating continuously. Add dry ingredients, sifted together, alternately with boiling water.
- Add vanilla and beat well.
- Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
- Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees in shallow sheet cake pan.
- When almost cool, ice with frosting and cut into squares.
- Cream butter; gradually blend in sugar.
- Cream until soft and smooth.
- After spreading frosting on Blarney Stones, roll each Blarney Stone in crushed peanuts or sprinkle crushed peanuts over frosting.
- Yield 3 dozen squares