Sunday, March 31, 2013
Homemade Irish Cream - March 17, 2013
For St. Patrick's Day this year, in addition to our home-cured corned beef, I made some Irish cream. My mom has made this recipe for years, although oddly, usually at Christmas, instead of St. Patrick's Day. My Irish heritage that I proudly claim every March 17th (and every other day of the year), comes from mom. She even has a suitably Irish name, Colleen. Because of this, in my family we refer to this as Colleen's Irish Cream.
This is a full two weeks late, I realize, but you've come to expect that from me by now. In fact, I'm jumping ahead here, as I still have my Christmas baking to post. Oh well, this doesn't have to be a one day per year indulgence, although after you see the ingredients, you may want to limit it to that. Nick's parents and Aunt Judy were visiting us over the St. Patrick's Day weekend this year, so we all enjoyed a glass of this after our dinner.
Here's the recipe straight from Colleen, with a few Jess tweaks:
1 15oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/3 C Irish whiskey
1 1/2 C half and half
1/4 C brewed espresso
3 Tbsp chocolate syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
Place all ingredients in blender (warning, this didn't all fit in my blender, so I omitted the whiskey and mixed it in later) and blend to combine. Place in a bottle and keep chilled. Shake before serving.
*yes, raw eggs, so use at your own risk. These help to emulsify all the ingredients and make it thicker and richer, like ice cream. If you are squeamish about this ingredient, you can omit it and still have a delicious, if slightly thinner, Irish cream.