They say obsessions are merely passing phases, but this one [obsession with anything Irish] does not seem to be willing to pass (and I’m definitely not willing to let go of it).
It’s that time of the year again when I rummage around through my family lineage to try to find a single root that ties me to an Irish heritage, but of course, with no luck.
So, I decided to make my own luck.
St Patrick’s Day has spread way beyond being a religious holiday or even being an Irish one. However, people have started to celebrate it for all the wrong reasons (mainly beer). I am in no way an expert on this, but I did do my research before acting all knowing, and this is what I learned about St. Patrick.
“The man now known as Ireland’s patron saint was actually born into a wealthy family in Britain around 400 AD. Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates when he was 16 and taken to Ireland, where he was sold into slavery. After about seven years, he managed to escape, which no one had ever done before.
Following a short stint back home, Patrick decided to return to Ireland as a missionary. He later became a priest and a bishop and spent the rest of his life in Ireland, before passing away on March 17, 461.
It is said that St.Patrick used the three leaves of the shamrock to illustrate the trinity of the christian god.
St. Patrick was, after that, forgotten for a long while. Then, around the 600s, church in northern Ireland began to celebrate him as a saint and his following spread from there. And it was the Irish immigrants who invented St. Patrick’s Day as we know it. They remembered the old country and wanted to have a day that they could be proud of. And so the parades and festivities started.
This dessert only takes 10 minutes to whip up, which means more time for more important stuff (yes, I’m talking about all that Guinness)
Pots of Luck
Yields: 8 mini pots
For the crust:
- 16 oreo biscuits
- 40 grams melted butter
- 1 tsp mint extract
For the Cheesecake:
- 200 grams cream cheese
- 240 ml whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tsp mint extract
- few drops green food coloring
- Make the crust by putting the oreos in a food processor till they turn into crumbs. Add the melted butter and extract, and pulse till they are well combined.
- Press the crust into the bottom of the pots and prepare the cheesecake filling.
- Put the cream cheese, whipping cream, sugar and extract in a food processor and beat till they are thick enough to hold their own shape. Add the food color.
- Scoop the filling on the crust, and top it off with a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day 🙂