5 Family Fun St. Patrick’s Day Recipes



St. Patrick’s Day is coming up fast, so it’s time to shamrock-and-roll with some family fun St. Patrick’s Day recipes! Whether you’re in the mood for fresh-baked Apple Cinnamon Rolls or a refreshing green smoothie, you’ve come to the right place. Your family and friends can celebrate beyond wearing the typical green clothing! On top of some of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes, our friend Chelsea has a new recipe to add to the collection: Sticky Pear Pudding.

A New St. Patrick’s Day Recipe

Sticky Pear Pudding with d'Anjou pears

Sticky Pear Pudding is a delicious British dessert that consists of moist cake, dates, and a toffee flavored sauce. We took the already delicious concoction an extra mile by adding one of our favorite fruits: d’Anjou pears! D’Anjou pears are one of our favorites for baking. They’re juicy and citrusy and hold their flavor well, making them a perfect complement to the sweet dates and toffee sauce.

This cake falls somewhere between a fruit cake and a traditional cake. It’s not quite as dense as the fruit cakes you’re used to, but with plenty of butter and brown sugar, it has a lot of those same, delicious flavors. This recipe has a nifty shortcut for the toffee sauce. Before baking, you’ll top the batter with brown sugar, cubed butter, and the secret ingredient: boiling water. This will create a sauce at the bottom of the ramekins while the little cakes are baking!

Traditional Irish Apple Pie

We prefer using ramekin bowls for the Sticky Pear Pudding for a number of reasons: more crispy and gooey bits in each serving, built-in individual servings, and they’re dang cute! Serve this delicious pudding with plenty of vanilla ice cream and everyone will be asking for seconds, we promise.

More Family Fun Recipes for March 17

Do you know what else goes well with vanilla ice cream (besides practically any warm dessert?) Apple pie! What better way to celebrate than with a Traditional Irish Apple Pie. This pie is different from your typical apple pie in that you’ll be using grated apples instead of sliced ones! Topped with fluffy meringue, this pie is unbelievably moist and delectable.

1080 1080 Shamrock Smoothie

Speaking of excellent desserts, our Irish Apple Cake with Whiskey Hard Sauce is perfect for enjoying on a cool March morning. This cake is light and fluffy, almost like bread! Enjoy it with a caramel whiskey sauce, or enjoy it by itself. Surprise your family with an early morning treat and we promise it will be gone before nightfall!

If you are looking for a healthier option to start out the day, we have a delicious Apple Shamrock Smoothie that is simple and ready in minutes. The apples and mangos are a perfect combination to mix with the green kale. This satisfying drink will leave everyone satisfied and full to get through the day!

These five family fun recipes are sure to impress anyone at your next St. Paddy’s Day party! See the recipe for Sticky Pear Pudding below and let us know how you enjoyed this recipe to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the comments!




  • For the cake:
  • 1 Stemilt d'Anjou pears, peeled, cored, and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • Softened butter for greasing
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 egg white (or 2 tablespoons aquafaba)*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 dates, finely chopped
  • For the "sauce":
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold salted butter cut into small pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups boiling water
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Serve this delicious pudding with plenty of vanilla ice cream and everyone will be asking for seconds, we promise.

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  • Yield
    6 servings
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  • Cuisine
    European, American
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  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and generously butter 6 ½ cup ramekins. Place the buttered ramekins on a sheet pan.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk until the egg is incorporated, then add the half and half and stir until well-combined.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and stir until smooth. Fold in the dates and pears.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared ramekins and divide evenly.
  6. For the “sauce”, sprinkle the brown sugar over the top of the batter and dot with the small pieces of butter evenly between each ramekin.
  7. Pour the boiling water over the top of the butter and sugar (evenly between each ramekin). Leave ¼ inch of room at the top.
  8. Transfer the sheet pan of ramekins to the preheated oven. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the top of the cake springs back when lightly touched.
  9. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 430
  • Fat Content: 18.5g
  • Cholesterol Content: 51mg
  • Sodium Content: 238mg
  • Carbohydrate Content: 64.2g
  • Fiber Content: 2g
  • Sugar Content: 44.1g
  • Protein Content: 4g