Friday, March 9, 2012

Irish Cream Truffles & Irish Cream Toffee Coffee Ice Cream

I have two treats perfect for your Saint Patrick's Day celebration or anytime.  First, I've got some decadently rich, smooth as silk truffles  guaranteed to melt in your mouth...



and secondly, a rich Irish Cream Coffee Toffee Ice Cream that is nothing short of creamy and crunchy heaven for your mouth!


 Both of these recipes are easy to prepare, and both are made with the homemade Irish Cream I shared a few days ago.  



The truffles are lovely set out on a plate, served with coffee and other desserts.  They are great as gifts for the hostess or at Christmas, packed in airtight containers.  


Nancy's Irish Cream Truffles



12 oz chopped chocolate.  (You can use semi sweet or milk chocolate or a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture.  I like milk chocolate best but used semi sweet here because that's what I had on hand.)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 Cup Shawn's Homemade Irish Cream (recipe HERE
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons butter

Combine chocolate and cocoa in food processor.
Process until coarse and set aside.


Place butter, Irish cream and cream in a saucepan.  Heat on medium heat, stirring frequently,  until hot.  

Pour hot cream mixture in chocolate mixture and process until smooth and shiny 

Allow the chocolate truffle mixture to cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally, which takes about an hour.  Cover and put in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.  
Remove from the fridge and scoop up a spoonful at a time and roll into balls.  I roll mine a little less than an inch but make whatever size you want.  I then roll in powdered sugar or cocoa powder.  I think chopped toffee or chopped, roasted almonds would be yummy to.  

Store in the refrigerator or freeze if you won't be eating these in the next few days. 





For the ice cream  I decided to keep this as simple as possible I'd use store bought Coffee Ice Cream.  I like Blue Bell brand and think it's about the best store bought you can get.  It's more expensive than others but well worth it if you want the best quality.






Coffee Toffee Irish Cream Ice Cream


1/2 gallon Coffee Ice Cream
4 Heath Candy Bars, chopped
2 cups Shawn's homemade Irish Cream


Stir or Mix the ice cream, candy bars and Irish Cream until blended  and return to freezer until ready to serve.  Top with additional chopped Heath bars, a bit of Irish Cream and whipped cream if desired.
note: 


I usually soften the ice cream in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so that it is easier to mix.

OR DO THIS:


Simply scoop about 1 cup of the ice cream into individual serving dishes and pour about 1/4 - 1/3 cup of the Irish Cream over the top.  Top with chopped Heath Bars and whipped cream.   We do this most of the time.  

We cannot get enough of this ice cream at my house!







Another Irish Poem

The limbs that move, the eyes that see,
these are not entirely me;
Dead men and women helped to shape,
the mold that I do not escape;
The words I speak, the written line,
these are not uniquely mine.
For in my heart and in my will,
old ancestors are warring still,
Celt, Roman, Saxon and all the dead, 
from whose rich blood my veins are fed,
In aspect, gesture, voices, tone,
flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone;
In fields they tilled, I plow the sod,
I walk the mountain paths they trod;
Around my daily steps arise -
the good, the bad - those I comprise.



~ Richard Rolle c 1300 - 1349 ~




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20 comments:

  1. I think I'm going to die & go to heaven in these 2 treats!
    Yum! Dessert before dinner, right?!

    Have a lovely PS weekend ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

    ~Giveaway ends 3/15 ~

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  2. I'd love some of that luscious-looking ice cream please!
    Brenda

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  3. Mercy!! I can't decide which I'd like. They all look fabulous, but I think I'd like to try the ice cream first, please. :) We love Blue Bell ice cream. I'm headed back to copy the Irish cream recipe. Thanks and Happy St. Patrick's Day.
    Babs

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  4. Nancy: What yummy and pretty desserts. Happy St. Paddy's Day..Judy

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  5. Nancy, I'm craving anything sweet tonight and unfortunately there isn't much to satisfy. Sure wish I had a cup of that ice cream. Thanks for the recipes. ~ Sarah

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  6. So yummy! Come link with me with my Color Connection meme.

    Broken Leg with a bit of pink. Have a great weekend.

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  7. Stomach rumbling here! They look delicious! I'll be adding these to my St. Patrick's Day list! Thanks for sharing them, Nancy!

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  8. OMG what a think to wake up to!!!!!! Doesnt' help that I am starving and LOVE toffee!! And you made it look so beautiful....i will never look at it like that again!

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  9. Now THIS is the way to celebrate St. Patrick's day! YUM!

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  10. Hi Nancy...I LOVE both the truffles and ice cream recipes. And your displays are all gorgeous. You are such an inspiration. Now if I can figure out how to make the irish cream non alcoholic. I know I must be up in the night. All three of your recipes making and using it sound so good and look delicious.

    Nann

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  11. I must make some of your truffles! They sound wonderful. I love the handmade tablecloth with all the hand stitching in yellow. It is a treasure for sure.

    stella b.

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  12. Hi Nancy,
    Whow, that looks so tempting. I could bite into my screen. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipes.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  13. Nancy, do you think there's a way to make it without the whiskey. You know to make it kid-friendly?

    This looks amazing!
    Penne

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  14. Yummmy!!!! I love how easy and yummy this looks~thanks Nancy!

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  15. Nancy this looks so amazingly wonderful and will have to try the recipes, in fact, I am going to pin this so I will remember!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  16. Nancy, both of these sound divine!!!! I can't wait to try them! Happy st. Paddy's Day!

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  17. Hi dear Nancy,

    I opened a new foodie blog today as I am also a food fashionista §;-) However the first blog still exist.

    Thank you so much for the wonderful treat. Wort to try.

    Happy Monday.
    /Chie

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  18. Thanks for these recipes, Nancy—they both sound delicious!

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  19. Nancy, Thank you so much for making my first linky party a success. Love all your unbelievable recipes for St. Patrick's Day.
    Hope you can stop by again this Friday with your inspiring ideas..

    Love, Jody

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  20. Hi Nancy, Both of these look fabulous! I am saving both recipes. Hugs, Sherry

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