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Holly Moore

Philadelphia Irish Potatoes Tue, 03/1/11 5:28 PM (permalink)
I think Irish Potatoes are mostly a Philadelphia tradition served around St. Patrick's Day. Basically it is creamed cheese, sugar and coconut formed into balls to resemble potatoes and then rolled in cinnamon.

Most I've tried aren't all that good.  Aunt Angie's homemade version, from the New York Bakery at 11th and Daly in South Philadelphia, are the outstanding exception.  She uses real cream cheese and the finished product must be kept refrigerated.
The NY Bakery is also a worthy stop for tomato pies and stromboli.

    Re:Philadelphia Irish Potatoes Tue, 03/1/11 5:33 PM (permalink)
    Holly, you know all the weird wonderful stops.  Thanks for sharing.
    Paul E. Smith
    Knoxville, TN

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      Re:Philadelphia Irish Potatoes Tue, 03/1/11 7:01 PM (permalink)
      Is it really always sunny in Philadelphia?  (I know for a fact it does rain in Southern California).
      Just wondering.  
      As for this food item, it sounds to me that the home-made version could actually be tasty but I suspect commercial versions have lots of fillers, preservatives and unnatural chemicals that would ruin them.  Certainly any version that doesn't need refrigeration would be suspect.
      <message edited by BT on Tue, 03/1/11 7:04 PM>

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        Re:Philadelphia Irish Potatoes Tue, 03/1/11 7:23 PM (permalink)
        The IPC found at bakeries in these parts is usually covered in cocoa not cinnamon.

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          Re:Philadelphia Irish Potatoes Tue, 03/1/11 7:41 PM (permalink)
          Sounds good! Does anyone have a recipe?

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            Re:Philadelphia Irish Potatoes Tue, 03/1/11 7:52 PM (permalink)
            They are sweet. A little Irish spirit for balance.
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