Brownie Tart with Whiskey Meringue

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!

Irish boxty 3 Brownie Tart with Whiskey Meringue

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

Guinness Bread BC1 Brownie Tart with Whiskey Meringue

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!

U2

The Chieftains

Clannad

Brownie Tart with Whiskey Meringue
 
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Adapted from Donna Hay
Serves: 4 - 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 200 grams dark chocolate, chopped (about 7 oz.)
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. butter
  • ⅔ cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1⅓ 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
Instructions
  1. Pre heat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 inch removable bottom tart pan or four 3¼ 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!

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    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 insane..in a verrry good way. Happy St Pat’s to you, perfect post for it!

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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?

  5. says

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

    [K]

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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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