Throw an Irish-Themed Party for St. Patrick’s Day

It’s almost that time of the year to wear green! Here at Hickory Farms, we’d like to help you get in the mood with a few entertaining tips, so you can throw your own Irish-themed party.

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Green, of course, is the color of the day, so decorate with emerald shamrocks and leprechauns with their pots of gold. You can make an Irish door hanging with inexpensive supplies from your local craft store, or learn how to fold a green napkin into a cute shamrock shape.

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Cook up some Irish-inspired treats like a Smoky Cheese and Potato Soup that can be made with the cheddar from our Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box. Use a shamrock cookie cutter to cut out a piece of bread to smear with pesto and float atop the soup. You can also fix some beer-glazed sausage and apples using our award-winning beef summer sausage and apples from our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket.

 

You can’t go wrong with serving a traditional Irish meal of corned beef, cabbage and new potatoes. Use Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard from your well-stocked pantry to give it a burst of flavor.

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Break out the green beer (just add a couple drops of green food coloring to the cups before pouring) and Irish whiskey. While darker beers like Guinness won’t react as well with the coloring, they’re authentically Irish enough to stand-alone. For an authentic experience, serve up some Irish car bombs, a potent mix of Jameson Irish whiskey and Irish cream liqueur dropped into a pint of Guinness. Slainte!

Whatever holidays you and your family celebrate throughout the year, Hickory Farms has all the essentials to make your gatherings memorable. Order online, or find a store near you.

Seasonal Recipe: Orange Cake with Mulled Wine Cranberry Jam

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Combining bright, bitter fruit and warm, citrus flavors, orange and cranberry are one of winter’s classic flavor combinations. Bring this amazing pairing to your dessert table with a delightful Orange Cake with Mulled Wine Cranberry Jam. Using the gorgeous Mandarin oranges from our Hickory Farms Fresh Fruit Trio Gift Box, this perfectly sweet and spicy cake is destined to be a new family favorite.

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Bake the Cake

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lining two pans with parchment paper and baking spray.

Combine sugar with the zest of one of your Mandarin oranges in a food processor and pulse until all of the zest is broken up, releasing the flavorful oils into the sugar. Then, in a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt.

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with a whisk until they form soft peaks. Slowly add some sugar, continuing to beat the eggs until the peaks have stiffened.

Combine butter and your orange sugar in a stand mixer. Afterwards, add egg yolks one at a time. Finish the batter by incorporating your flour mixture and a combination of milk, freshly-squeezed Mandarin orange juice and vanilla. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Add the Finishing Touches

In a medium saucepan, combine wine with spices, including cloves, ginger, cinnamon and peppercorn. Mix in a bit of sugar and a dash of orange peel, bringing everything to a boil. Simmer until the sauce forms a thick syrup. Then, combine the syrup with cranberries and continue cooking until the fruit forms a jam-like consistency.

Start your butter cream frosting with syrup by boiling sugar, corn syrup and wine. In a separate bowl, whip egg whites into peaks before streaming in the syrup. Complete the decadent icing by adding butter. Finally, finish by layering the cake with jam and topping with frosting.

 

Combining delicious fruits from Hickory Farms‘ gourmet fruit baskets with flavorful spices, this cake makes a festive ending to any winter meal. Make sure to toast the New Year with this one-of-a-kind cake.

Seasonal Dessert Recipe: Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Apple dessert recipes from Hickory Farms.

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Cinnamon and apples are a classic combination. Finish your dinner with a sweet seasonal dessert, featuring just the right amount of sugar and spice, by preparing this delicious Apple Streusel Coffee Cake. Showcasing the gorgeous ripe apples from our Hickory Farms gourmet fruit baskets, this great recipe is sure to be a staple of your family’s dessert repertoire for years to come.

 

Apple streusel coffee cake from Hickory Farms.

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Prepare the apple streusel coffee cake

Start making this moist cake by sifting the flour, making sure to remove any lumps. Then, combine the flour with the remainder of the dry ingredients, including a bit of baking powder, salt, a little sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. Start by beating an egg, then adding melted vegetable shortening and milk. Once this is well combined, add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients.

Prepare a couple Fuji Apples from your Hickory Farms gift box by rinsing the fruit and removing the stems and core. Give the apples a rough chop, trying to keep the pieces as uniform as possible. Once they’re chopped, mix the apples into the batter.

 

Seasonal desserts from Hickory Farms.

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Add the decadent streusel topping

To make your delicious apple dessert extra special, while adding a nice textural component, finish with a streusel. In a small bowl, simply combine sugar, flour, butter and a little extra cinnamon for good measure.

Pour the apple cake batter into a greased 8-inch pan and top with the streusel. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean, at 400 degrees.

Serve this delightful, decadent dessert warm out of the oven with a heaping scoop full of homemade vanilla bean ice cream.

 

Delicious apple desserts from Hickory Farms.
 

This delicious Apple Streusel Coffee Cake is just one of the many great apple dessert recipes you can make with fresh fruits. Starting with the beautiful fruits included in our gourmet fruit baskets, such as our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket, featuring Crown Comice Pears, Mandarin Oranges and Fuji Apples, and a little creativity, your dessert and snack possibilities are endless!