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Irish Puddings, Tarts, Crumbles and Fools

80 Glorious Desserts

By Margaret M. Johnson

Irish Puddings, Tarts, Crumbles and Fools

Even if no Liams, Grennans or Quigleys populate your family tree and you have no particular nostalgia for Ireland, Irish Puddings, Tarts, Crumbles and Fools will make a nice addition to your cookbook shelf if you love sweets.

A quick scan will reveal gorgeous photographs of mouth-watering treats like Pear Tart, Baileys Blueberry Mousse and Strawberry–Rhubarb Crumble, as well as tea loafs, cakes, galettes, scones, soda breads and more.

Push aside any stereotypes about Irish cuisine as being heavy and unsophisticated and delve into these traditional recipes that will delight dinner guests, brunch buddies or high tea aficionados. In fact, compared to a lot of American sweets, European desserts and those of Ireland are traditionally far less sugary and lower in calories.

Think about serving a Wexford Strawberry Tea Loaf at your next tea party or surprise guests with some of the book's more "exotic" treats like Lemon Syllabub, Fraughan Fool or Strawberry Flummery. A "fool" derives from the French fouler as in "to crush" fruit with beaten eggs and sugar for a "foolproof" dessert. A "syllabub" uses juice instead of puréed fruit, and a "flummery" is also known as "cranachan" (i.e. a sweet, soft pudding)!

Reviewed by Sylvie Greil

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