Last year my friends and fellow food bloggers, Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, and Manuela from Manu's Menu, reminded me that it was high time that I tried making my own Irish cream liqueur, and so I finally did it. Let me just tell you, it was good, very good, actually a little too good! It's so very easy to make and, as Celia says, tastes better than the bought stuff.
Both recipes offer excellent results, although I found that the ratio of whisky to other liquids in Manuela's version made a highly potent batch and I confess that I needed to add extra cream and condensed milk to suit my taste buds. Manu's addition of vanilla and almond extract is interesting and quite pleasing to the palate.
Celia's recipe relies on melted chocolate, rather than chocolate syrup, so her version is far more simple. It's also deliciously rich and a little dangerous (as in, highly drinkable), so I would halve the quantities unless you intend to give out bottles of Irish cream as Christmas gifts, which is not a bad idea. Oh yes, and I note that Celia has been experimenting with a Cointreau and dark chocolate recipe and I'm sure she'll post the results in the fullness of time.
With the festive season fast approaching, I recommend you jump in and visit both blogs for the individual recipes and try your hand at home made Irish liqueur. Just don't wait as long as I did, my friends. Sláinte!
In the late 1980s, a friend gave me a recipe for home made Irish cream. It was in the days of typewriters and she had studiously and meticulously typed it out for me. I say that because it was sans any sign of 'Wite Out' or 'Liquid Cover Up'. Those of you who've been around as long as I have know that it was quite an achievement to type an A4 page without errors and, hey, there was no backspace correction facility on an Olivetti. Anyway, I tucked the recipe into a folder with a pile of others that I wanted to make, and then somehow forgot about it... for twenty years!
Now tell me dear readers, have you ever 'sat on' a recipe for as long as I did? What was the recipe? Do tell! ت
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