Saturday, March 19, 2011

This might help you get lucky all year....

I am sure several of you thoroughly enjoyed some St. Patrick's day shenanigans whether that included Irish Coffee or a full schedule of day drinking Guinness. We had an impromptu party with our neighbors which was very fun and reminded me I can't drink beer on a school night very often (or very well.) But, St. Patricks Day is not only about wetting your whistle..there are also some fabulous St. Patricks Day inspired treats including Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. YUM. But, I found two great recipes inspired by St. Pats but perfect for any month so they ought to help you get lucky all year. From my kitchen to yours, enjoy every bite. 


Take A Bite Of: Guinness Milk Chocolate Ice Cream.
I found this recipe on Brown-eyed Baker.
I make ice cream most of the summer and since summer seems to be 9 months per year here, I love new recipes. And why not whip this up in the near term? Maybe today since it is going to be 80 here. 


Ingredients:
7 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup whole milk
½ cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
4 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
¾ cup Guinness Stout
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions:
1. Put the chocolate pieces in a large bowl and set a mesh strainer over the top.
2. Warm the milk, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
3. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer over the milk chocolate, then stir until the chocolate is melted. Once the mixture is smooth, whisk in the cream, then the Guinness and vanilla. Stir until cool over an ice bath.
4. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator (at least 8 hours or overnight), then churn in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
(Recipe adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz)




BUT, that is not all. Not everyone is a fan of ice cream, I realize. But can you resist a brownie? Why not mix up these wicked little treats:


Take A Bite Of: Irish Coffee Brownies 


Now, let's say up front you do NOT need to put alcohol in your baked goods to enhance them or your experience. But sometimes a well placed liqueur or spirit can really add another level of flavor. Try this and you will agree. 

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Irish Whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee crystals
  • 2-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon Irish Whiskey
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • Chopped walnuts (optional)
Directions
1. Heat granulated sugar, butter or margarine, and 1/2 cup cocoa powder in a large saucepan over medium heat until butter or margarine melts, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat lightly just until combined,
2. Stir together flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl; set aside. Stir together milk and 1/4 cup whiskey; stir in coffee crystals. Add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately to the chocolate mixture, beating by hand after each addition. Pour into a greased 15 × 10 x 1-inch baking pan.
3. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
4. Meanwhile, for the Irish Coffee Glaze, stir together sifted powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon Irish whiskey, and 1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla. Stir in 3 to 4 tablespoons brewed coffee until of drizzling consistency.

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