Top o’ the morning to ya! Who doesn’t love to celebrate leprochans and a good ol’ pot of gold? Okay, okay St. Patrick’s Day has a deeper meaning than that.
It is actually the feast day of Saint Patrick and a celebration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland; but all things Irish are celebrated too. Did you know the shamrock was considered a sacred plant that symbolized the arrival of Spring? It’s also been said that St. Patrick used three-leaf clovers as a symbol to explain the Holy Trinity. Who knew!?
Well, in our family our Nana (who I’m named after) loved her Irish heritage and Ireland in general. A few years ago, in her honour, I started to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our family with a party. I would make cottage pie, and put green decor out — really it was just a good excuse to hang out all together! Sadly the pandemic has interupted our plans last and this year, but it doesn’t mean we can’t make something sweet to commemorate our previous years’ fun!
Baileys Chocolate Pudding
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 85g or about 1.5 bars Purdys Chocolatier Classic dark chocolate finely chopped
- 1/4 cup Baileys Irish Cream liquor
1. Combine sugar, cocoa powder, corn starch and salt in a saucepan.
2. Pour in milk and whisk to combine.
3. Heat mixture over medium low until low boil visible. Mixture will begin to thicken. Mix continously for about 15 minutes.
4. When thickened, add cubed butter and stir for 1-2 minutes.
5. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in vanilla, chopped Purdys chocolate, and Baileys.
6. When chocolate and butter are fully melted and combined into mixture, pour into 4 small individual dishes or 1 large dish. Place plastic wrap directly onto the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.
6. Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours.
7. When ready to serve, remove from fridge and enjoy. You can add toppings like chocolate shavings, and/or whipped cream.
This treat is delicious and festive. You can leave the Irish Cream out and even make it with Purdys mint chocolate instead of dark chocolate. Of course I’m biased and think any Purdys Chocolatier chocolate will taste delicious… I mean I do manage a chocolate shop and love rich and decadant chocolate desserts!
I hope you love this dessert as much as I do! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!