Irish Apple Barley Pudding Parfait

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I wanted to make something to celebrate the holiday, but didn’t want to make Irish soda bread since I have two loaves of multigrain bread in the freezer, and I wanted it to be quicker than corned beef.  So what’s a girl to do?

I looked up some more traditional Irish recipes, and found a winner–apple barley pudding.  To make it a little less traditional, I added green whipped cream and voila! a pudding parfait!

It’s a traditional pudding made by hungry Irish farmers to use up old apples and barley during the winter months.  Luckily for the Irish, it’s very healthy.

Luckily for us, it’s also delicious (and you don’t have to add as much whipped cream as I did).

Irish Apple Barley Pudding Parfait (original recipe here)

  • 1 1/2 lbs tart apples (I used Granny Smith)
  • 4 heaping T barley
  • 1 liter water
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 C heavy whipping cream (with 1 T sugar, if desired)

Add the water and barley together in a pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer.

Meanwhile, peel, core, and slice the apples.

Add the sliced apple to the pot with the barley and simmer until the barley and apples are softened, at least half an hour.  It’s okay if the apples fall apart.

While that’s cooking, make your whipped cream.  Beat the cream in the mixer with the whisk attachment for a few minutes, until it stands in peaks.  Add some sugar if you want (I added a T) and a bit of green food coloring.

You can’t see how green the whipped cream is in all the pictures, but in real life it is pretty green.  Refrigerate until you are ready for it!

Anyway, once the barley is softened, add the lemon juice and put the entire mixture into a blender and puree until smooth.  Pour back into the bowl and boil for a few minutes, then refrigerate until cool.

To build your parfait, just layer in a glass and enjoy!

These came out to be so much more delicious than I anticipated.  I’ll even admit to you that I ate two of them immediately.  The apple layer is tangy and sweet and contrasts perfectly with the cool whipped cream.

Since today’s theme was stripes (is that a far leap from layers?), Henry decided to play along:

World’s stripey-est cat.

Now go have a Guinness!

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2 responses to “Irish Apple Barley Pudding Parfait

  1. Thanks for sharing! I have never heard of that Irish dessert, but will have to add it to my collection for my Irish Recipe Journal… can’t wait to try it!! 🙂
    ~Carol~

  2. The layering of this pudding looks fabulous 🙂

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