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 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
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.
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!
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