Tis' the season of all things Irish and here at the Roberts' house we've already begun our St. Paddy's Day preparations.
A few days ago I shared with you all Irish Potato Rings.
Today I'm sharing more Irish-ness: Shawn's recipe for homemade Irish Cream and pretty ideas for serving it up.
I never knew how easy it is to make this from scratch, but it is very simple to do so and tastes as good as, and dare I say better than, the famous Bailey's brand.
To prepare this yummy concoction you will need one willing Irishman, preferably with attire to match the spirit:
and the following ingredients:
Shawn's Irish Cream
1 1/3 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey (Use this brand!, you can add more or less, to suit your taste)
1 teaspoon Instant Coffee granules
1 cup Whole Whipping Cream
2 tablespoons Chocolate Syrup (Hersheys is fine)
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Pure Almond Extract (it's best to use real extracts)
1 14 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
Simply mix the ingredients in a blender for about 30 seconds until thoroughly combined. Cover and then refrigerate until chilled. It is best to make this at least a day in advance as the flavors really meld. It will thicken some as it chills. Shake before serving.
Told you it was
And it can be pretty too!
Shawn, Michael, Ethan and I had a pre-St. Paddy's Day sampling. Yum!
I served the Irish Cream in vintage, Forest Green Boopie Sherbet Glasses.
The decanter that holds the Irish Cream was inherited from my Great Aunt and Uncle. It's such a pretty vessel to serve not only alcohol from, but salad dressings to.
I tied antique lace around the neck of the decanter to catch the drips and within the knot of the lace I fixed this antique shamrock 'thingy'. Does anyone know what it is? This is another piece I inherited from my Grandma Robinson but I have no idea what it is. Look at this close up photo. It shows the tiny, individual pieces that make up the design. I think the minute detail of the work is quite amazing.
In a few days, I'm going to share a super fast, easy dessert using the Irish Cream that will please anyone you know with a sweet tooth...like me! I'm waiting for some pretty dishes to arrive to serve it in before I post it!
Saint Patrick was a gentleman, he came of decent people
In Dublin town he built a church and on it put a steeple.
His father was a Gallagher, his mother was a Brady
His aunt was an O'Shaughnessy and his uncle was a Grady.
So success attend St. Patrick's first, and banished them for ever!
He gave the snakes and toads a twist, and banished them for ever!
~Zozimus (Michael Moran)~
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