Brownie Tart with Whiskey Meringue

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By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on March 16, 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Ok, so it’s not  “quite” St. Patrick’s Day yet…. but close enough and since it’s one of my favorite “holidays” I think it’s definitely time to get “this party started” – don’t you?

Now, being Irish might have something to do with my fondness for the day but even if you aren’t Irish, it’s a great excuse to invite a few friends over for a  ceili (party) – and as the saying goes, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

of course, no  ceili would be complete without a wee bit of food, drink and music.. and not necessarily in that order… but don’t worry if you aren’t sure what to do about the above… I’ve got it covered!

Let’s start with the drinks since those are pretty easy. Green green beer is always an option but  please take my advice and pass on that …Guinness, Harp and of course, good Irish whiskey are much  better choices.!! Now,  lets get to my favorite part – the food! When thinking about what to serve this year,  you can always go with  Corned beef and cabbage which is  traditional here in the US. But I’d suggest one of my favorites..  …Boxty!

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Irish Boxty

In case you aren’t familiar with it, Irish Boxty is Ireland’s version of a crepe made with potatoes and like crepes, can be stuffed with just about anything your heart desires – I love them stuffed with mushrooms and onions and finished with a little good Irish whiskey and cream. But some sliced filet or a little roasted chicken would be wonderful too!

And of course, no  St. Patty’s Day would be complete without some good Irish bread and butter… or in this case Guinness Bread

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Guinness Bread

And for dessert?   This year I decided I wanted something a little different for dessert…. and it involves chocolate .. and whiskey!

Brownie Tart with Whiskey Meringue BC2 Brownie Tart with Whiskey Meringue

Which to my way of thinking is an entirely perfect way to end a St. Patrick’s Day party !!!

And last, but certainly not least of the things to provide a little craic.. music!! Not sure what to play? Here’s a short list of some of my favorite Irish bands…. slainte!


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Brownie Tart with Whiskey Meringue

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

50 minutes

Yield: 4 - 8 servings

Adapted from Donna Hay


  • 200 grams dark chocolate, chopped (about 7 oz.)
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp. good cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Irish whiskey (I used Jameson's)
  • Meringue
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Irish Whiskey


  1. Pre heat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 inch removable bottom tart pan or four 3 1/4 inch individual tart pans and set aside. Add the butter and the chocolate to a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add the sugars, eggs, flour, cocoa and whiskey to the saucepan and mix until thoroughly combined. Pour batter into prepared tart pan(s). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the brownies are set. Remove from oven and cool.
  3. For the meringue, add the egg whites to a mixer bowl and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar while beating until the egg whites are thick and glossy. Add the cornstarch, vinegar and whiskey and beat until combined. Spoon the meringue over the cooled brownie. To toast, either use a torch (available in most cookware shops) or pre heat the broiler to high and broil for 1 minute until the meringue is golden brown. Slice and serve!
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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Lucy Lean March 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm

always up for some good craic to go with a whiskey pie! enjoy your holiday x


Maria March 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Gorgeous tart!


aida mollenkamp March 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I’ll take one order of boxty and a pie, thank you very much! Happy St. Patrick’s, Nancy. From one Irish to another. ;)


the urban baker March 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

What a fabulous feast you have planned for this festive holiday! Enjoy, Eat, Drink, + be Merry!


Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] March 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

What a yummy looking dessert!


Lisa March 17, 2012 at 1:26 am

I had Boxty last St. Patty’s Day, and wow. I’m hoping there’s a repeat tonight! That brownie tart with whiskey meringue tart looks a verrry good way. Happy St Pat’s to you, perfect post for it!


lisaiscooking March 17, 2012 at 6:07 am

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! What a great dessert for today. The whiskey in the chocolate and in the meringue sounds lovely. The Guinness bread looks fantastic too.


marla {family fresh cooking} March 17, 2012 at 6:48 am

Nancy you have some wonderful ideas here! I’ll start my meal with that stunning tart :)


Jennifer March 17, 2012 at 8:05 am

Wow this looks amazing! Great St. Patrick’s Day treat! Do you deliver :)


Nancy March 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

Awww. thanks Jennifer!! Hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day!!


Christie {Pepper Lynn} March 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

I’m a sucker for meringue AND brownies. Can’t wait to combine the two with a little booze! :)


Debs @ The Spanish Wok March 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

I’m loving this dessert recipe and want it NOW. Have saved for another day, thanks.

I agree with liking U2, but I refuse to buy their music and line their pockets as I don’t feel they are particularly nice people!!!!!

Enjoy your day and the good food too.


Barbara | Creative Culinary March 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I just had boxty for the first time a few weeks ago when I went to a tasting at a local Irish pub. Where have they been all my life?

I know it seems an unfair trade but I would make you an Irish Coffee for a small plate with all of these. Please. Pretty please?


Kim March 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Hey Nancy! What a wononderful treat! I was tired of seeing “corned beef” all over the place…. So for me, this offering is delightful. :-)



Kristina Vanni March 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

This tart looks beautiful. A neat and tasty take on the Irish holiday. What a great treat to serve and impress!


Priscilla - She's Cookin' March 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Oooh, chocolate and whiskey – these Irish eyes are smilin’ :) What a wonderful feast you have laid out for us! Love boxties and, since I have some Guinness left, definitely want to make that wholesome wheat bread. I used Guinness extra stout in my Irish stew yesterday and it was better than broth, let me tell ya!


Mama's Gotta Bake March 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I just had to “pin” this photo! Brownie & Meringue…what a beautiful sight!


Nancy March 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

Awww… thank you so much!! These are definitely a bit decadent but oh my… so worth it!!


Geez Louise! March 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

boxty? no , i have never heard of that before… that chocolate loveliness is just calling my name!


Jamie March 23, 2012 at 9:35 am

Mmm that Irish Boxty looks fabulous and finished off with a Brownie Tart with Whiskey Meringue – I’ll even be Irish for that! This tart is amazing!


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