Happy St. Patrick’s Day (and week) to you all. As I’ve mentioned here before, this time of year has always been a big deal for me and my family. Being of Irish decent on my father’s side, there is a certain unspoken pressure to be just a little MORE Irish during the week of St. Patrick’s Day. Extra pints of stout and so forth, you know, to reconnect with my roots.
Of course I’ll be making my famous-in-Sheboygan Guinness Irish Stew on Thursday. If you don’t have the gumption to make it yourself from my recipe, you can always go to Manning’s Irish Pub in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and get yourself a bowl, if you’re in the neighborhood.
But there are other ways to enjoy Guinness, and some are less obvious than lifting a pint glass. Rich, malty Guinness Irish Stout, it turns out, is really excellent in desserts, especially spiced cake recipes. Take this easy gingerbread-inspired cupcake recipe I came up with. I name it for Paul Simon’s character, Mrs. Robinson, because he admonishes her to “keep it in your pantry with your cupcakes…” He’s likely talking about pills in the song, but I’m sure Mrs. R had some hooch in the pantry, too. These boozy little cakes would be right up her alley– not only do they have Guinness Irish Stout in them, there’s also a wee bit of Bailey’s Irish Cream in the cream cheese frosting too, for good measure.
Hope you enjoy them and have a happy St. Patrick’s Day! Oh, and word to the wise:
“Steer clear of the green beer or you’ll feel queer.” I recommend that you stick to the thick, creamy black stuff. Much better for your constitution.