Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Seeing all those green clover cookies on the web recently made me want to try something a little bit different this St. Patrick’s Day. If you are a fan of Bailey’s Irish Creme, and a fan of ice cream……and another big fan of mud pie and Irish Coffee you have all the clues you need. I found this yummy sounding Bailey’s Creme Ice Cream Pie AND had to kick it up a notch.

Baileys Ingredients

Baileys Ingredients

First, I found a recipe for Bailey’s Irish Creme, didn’t even know there was such a thing. Thought the Leprechauns kept it a secret! And did you know you can’t buy alcohol in the grocery store in Washington State?? I did not know that.  Imagine the look I got when I asked. Some people actually backed away ….. ;-)  Happens!

So off to the Liquor Store to purchase some Irish Whiskey. Here is all there is to making your very own batch of Irish Creme. This I found from Xiaolu at http://www.6bittersweet.com, many thanks!

Bailey’s Irish Creme:

1 teaspoon instant coffee

2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa

Step One

Step One

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (divide in half)

3/4 cup milk

1 Tablespoon Honey

1 to 1 1/2 cups Irish Whiskey (your choice)

1 – 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pie Shell

Pie Shell

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Combine coffee, cocoa and 4 tablespoons of cream. The directions told me 2 tablespoons of cream to make a paste but when you add this paste to the final ingredients, the chocolate mixture clots up. It’s too cold to combine properly. Not what you want if it’s Bailey’s, but for pie it will be great. I only used 1 1/8 cup of whiskey. Combine in a blender or mixer for 30 seconds to a minute. Chill overnight. Bada boom! This should be stirred a bit during the 8 hours as the Condensed milk settles to the bottom. That’s it.

And now for that pie!

Oreo cookies crust – I use 28 cookies with 4 Tablespoons melted butter. That’s it.

Bailey's Pie

Bailey's Pie

1 pint vanilla ice cream

1/2 cup Callan’s Irish Creme – wink wink

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (didn’t have so I chopped regular chips)

1 cup whipped cream (for pie, 2 cups for the topping)

Fold all ingredients into pie crust and place in freezer for up to 8 hours.

Now I have a tiny little secret. I had some caramel sauce in the fridge that I have been wanting to use on something special. So, like the mud pie recipe, instead of putting fudge down before the ice cream goes in……..yep ….you guessed it……I put in some caramel sauce.

Chopped Chips

Chopped Chips

Now, I thought …..between you and me and the fence post…….that this wasn’t going to work. I tend to be a bit of a purist sometimes with my food. (Never my soup…but definitely my food) and I was sooooo surprised how amazingly fantastic this turned out. The caramel was ooey and gooey….and whether I was inebriated at this point……not certain….but it was wonderful. Ah, wish you were here.

Then of course, I decided to melt the chips and drizzle over my frozen pit….I mean pie….and this was great until it froze up so quickly and my piping bag….no not my bag pipes…..my icing style did not work. Didn’t matter. By this time you are happy, full, surrounded by tiny green men who keep telling you that you will win the pottery…..I mean lottery!!

Serve with shaved or melted chocolate ships……I mean chips ……..or a sprig of mint!

Sláinte

Sláinte

I found this recipe on Tastespotting from The Nap Time Chef….at babble blog….she did a great job and used the sprinkling of cocoa. Beautiful job. (http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/03/03/irish-cream-chocolate-chip-ice-cream-pie-for-the-irishman-in-everyone/)

No driving! Have fun!

Put on some Chieftans music……your dancing shoes…..and for goodness sakes pinch someone!

Sláinte agus táinte!

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