St. Patrick’s Day Dessert: Chocolate Guinness Mousse

A Feteful: Chocolate Guinness Mousse

Two things: (1) Happy St. Patrick’s Day!; and (2) For the love of all things Irish, go make this Chocolate Guinness Mousse RIGHT NOW. It is out of this world good and earned high praise in my house, including: “Wow. This is good. This is like restaurant good.” and “Mommy, we are renaming this day Mommy Pudding Day! You and Ms. Suzanne should open up a sweet shop.” You’ll have to put some good work into it — there’s a lot of whisking involved — but it is worth it. The recipe I followed was for a pudding, but mine came out so dense and rich, it has to be a mousse. And I served it in small appetizer/cocktail glasses because of that. I also ended up making a straight whipped cream for the top (slightly over whipped, actually — you want soft peaks), instead of incorporating the Guinness syrup called for — I thought it would just be too much. But give it a go yourself and see what’s what.

Chocolate Guinness Mousse (slightly adapted from Epicurious)
(makes 15, 3-oz appetizer/cocktail glass servings, with a little extra)

Ingredients
8 large egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1, 14.9-ounce can Guinness Draught
3 ounces heavy cream
7 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate (70 – 72% cacao), finely chopped

Directions

In large nonreactive mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar.

Open can of Guinness and slowly pour into 4-cup measuring cup, pouring down side of cup to reduce foaming. Pour half of Guinness (about 7/8 cup) into heavy-bottomed 3-quart saucepan (drink the remaining Guinness yourself if not saving it for the whipped cream). Add 2 1/4 cups cream and whisk to combine. Set over medium heat and heat, whisking occasionally, until bubbles just begin to form at edges. Remove from heat, add chocolate, and whisk until smooth.

Slowly pour hot chocolate mixture into eggs, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. Return mixture to saucepan and set over moderately low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens and coats back of spoon, about 15 minutes. (Pudding will look separated.) Pour into blender and blend on high for 1 minute. Divide pudding among glasses, leaving space at top of each. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled and set.

Beat remaining cream until soft peaks form. Divide cream among 6 glasses of pudding and serve.

A Feteful Life: Chocolate Guinness Mousse

A Feteful Life: Chocolate Guinness Mousse

St. Patrick’s Day: Plaid Chic Party

It’s that time of year again. When everyone searches for that tiny bit o’ Irish in them for a legitimate excuse to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Well, you’ve come to the right place. You know we need NO such excuse. We’re up to celebrate anything and everything and this year we’ve put together Plaid Chic party ideas that will rival the standard green beer shindig (although we love that, too). It’s gold. It’s plaid (even if it not authentic Irish tartan). It’s St. Patty’s, classy.

A Feteful Life: St. Patrick's Day: Plaid Chic Party

1. I’ve been looking for an excuse to make this oversized fringed garland and I think this is just the right occasion. These gold and ivory fringed babies were made following Oh Happy Day’s tutorial.

2. Find your family tartan and tie it on some champagne glasses for this super easy decor that will carry your theme throughout the party.

3. Class up your Irish whisky punch by serving it in a nice decanter, wrapped with tartan ribbon and spelled out in glittery letters. Another great plaid party idea from mint love social club.

4. We’ve made tinseled drink stirrers for a few parties recently and are completely hooked. Not only are they a cinch to make, people turn them into all kinds of party decor and personal accessories, including hair pins and pocket square bling. Pop one of those in a tartan-tied glass of champs and you are done.

5. Gold stamped cocktail napkins have also been making the rounds at several of our recent shindigs, but if you don’t want to fool around making them yourself, gold foil stamped are a great option. Many, including these, are made with an eye for weddings, but you can have them say whatever you wish.

6. These plaid celebration crackers are a little Christmasey, but I think they’d still be super fun to pop for St. Patty’s Day.

7. Loving the plaid fashions of Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass. If anyone can pull off chic plaid, it’s these two.

8. Faux gold mercury glass votives will warm even the coldest of Irish hearts and would be a great basic party accessory to have.