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Irish Whiskey Pie
Dessert .. This is really good and not too heavy!
Great-Grandma wrote on one of her recipes, "If this pie is too perfect, there is one drawback: This dessert is sure to overshadow the corned beef and cabbage main course."
Chances are you'll buy some Irish whiskey - for Irish coffees, of course. But Irish whiskey can add punch to so many other dishes, like Standing Rib Roast with Spinach Porcini Stuffing and Irish Coffee Carmel Mousse.
Give this Irish Whiskey Pie a try, and don't waste a precious drop. No matter how stuffed your guests are after the main course, everyone will make room for this stunning sweet.
See more ideas in our Traditional Irish Recipes.
Whiskey makes the world go 'round
Too much of it makes it spin.
The Irish love their whiskey. There's not enough in this recipe to make you dizzy but if your man is in the house, shoo him out before he sneaks more whiskey into the pie.
There are about as many variations of this pie as there are pubs in Ireland. I will give you my Great-grandmother's recipe.
Prep Time: 30 min.
Total Time: 2 1/2 hr.
- 1 chocolate ready-to-use pie crust (usually just as good as homemade)
- 1/4 cup Irish Whiskey
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 2 3/4 cup whipped topping
- 1 Tablespoon mint jelly
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 eggs
- green food coloring (optional .. I don't use it)
- 2/3 cup light cream
- dash of salt
- Custard Mixture:
- ~Combine gelatin, 1 Tablespoon sugar, and salt in saucepan.
- ~Beat egg yolks lightly. Add egg yolks, cream and whiskey to gelatin mixture.
- ~Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly.
- ~Stir in mint jelly.
- ~Chill until mixture begins to thicken.
- ~Beat egg whites to soft peaks. Beat in remaining sugar until mixture holds a stiff peak.
- ~ Fold meringue and 2 cups whipped topping into custard mixture. (If you are adding green food coloring here is where to add to desired shade.)
- ~Turn mixture into crust.
- ~Garnish with remaining whipped topping and refrigerate until firm.
- ~Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours before serving.
- To serve as individual desserts, prepare as directed dividing the gelatine mixture evenly among eight 4-oz. custard cups or serving glasses before chilling. Top evenly with the whipped topping and a few almonds just before serving.
I-rish I had an Irish Whiskey Pie! - Yum!
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As I was doing my research I found many variations of the Irish Whiskey Pie recipe and many of these don't resemble Great-Grandma's recipe at all.
The recipe looks as though it was used often. It reminded me of some of my favorites. A dab here and a drop there soon makes them messy .. but doesn't change the end product. The Irish Whiskey Pie is delicious!
Do you have a favorite family pie recipe? ( Please tell us what it is.)
Celtic Folklore Cooking - A fabulous cookbook
This is absolutely an awesome cookbook. Being Irish, wanting to go to Ireland, and loving to cook made this a "must have." Highly recommended for anyone who likes to cook.
If you'd like a good reference book, chock full of recipes your family will love, try "Celtic Folklore Cooking."
Grandma's Apron - Funny but true!
If you're going to do some Irish cooking, you'd better grab yourself an apron.
But before you jump up to do that, please read the following.
I don't think our kids know what an apron Is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few.
It was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material,
but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.
And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.
After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the Fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it wastime to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.
* I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.
Pie Eating Contest
Courtesy of Creative Commons Flickr Dennis Vu Photography for Unleashed Media
There is nothing quite as wonderful as to find a freshly baked pie cooling in the kitchen with the sweet, enticing fragrance filling the room.
This is one of the best homemade pies I have ever tasted and I know that you will love it too.
I hope that you will make one of Great Grandma's pies today. Will you make one soon?