Easter Brunch Ideas to Fill Everyone’s Basket

This weekend is Easter, and we are spending time focusing on our family.  We posted an excellent Easter dessert last week with our yummy carrot cake.  If you are looking for some ideas to make your Easter Brunch special,  don’t forget that we have lots of great recipe ideas for your Easter Brunch on our site.  Here is a quick reminder of a few ideas.

Easter Brunch Foods:

Bananas Foster Coffee Cake: This was a game winner in our house and will be sure to be at yours too!

Christmas Morning Bread: It’s not just for Christmas.  This is an excellent recipe for any brunch.

Chocolate Banana Bread: Some good ideas did come out of COVID quarantine. 🙂

Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls:  This one takes some effort, but is worth it!

Kerrygold French Toast:  Super delicious and very easy.

Easter Toasts:

Sparkling Lemonade

Orange Basil Spritzer (non-alcoholic)

Fernet Branca Collins

Mint Highball

Blackberry Kiwi Mocktail (nonalcoholic)

Pomegranate Paloma

Double Thyme

Raspberry Mojito

Blood Mary

There are more ideas on our site.  Make sure you take a look around.

 

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older. We do not condone underage drinking.  Drink responsibly.

 

Sip On This: Espresso Menta

We got a pleasant surprise in Texas yesterday!  It snowed.  We know our friends up North are thinking, “Big deal,” as they roll their eyes, but the people who live south of the Mason Dixon line don’t always get to experience the fluffy white stuff as often as you, so it is quite a newsworthy event.  At The Blind Pig Headquarters we did not get much more than a slight dusting, and to be quite honest, we received more sleet than snow.  However, in Denton, Texas, just a mere 45 minutes west of us, they had enough snow to go sledding and make respectable snowmen.  Of course we had to take full advantage of the opportunity to have snow in our Blind Pig Photos for the week, so make sure to take note.

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This week we are sharing an easy delightful little cocktail called the Espresso Menta.  It has two of our familiar ingredients, Caffe’ Borghetti and Branca Menta.  Yes, we use these ingredients a lot.  We assure you it is for two good reasons.  Reason #1:  Both Borghetti and Branca Menta are excellent liquids.  They are superior to other liquors in their respective categories.  We won’t give you all the details here, but trust us.  Others do not have the same craftsmanship or quality.  Reason #2:  We try to give you multiple recipes that can be made with the same ingredients.  No one wants to purchase a whole bottle of something and only use 1 ounce.  By sharing multiple recipes with the same ingredients, you are able to see the versatility of the ingredients and recipes that we share on TBPB!

The Espresso Menta is a versatile cocktail that can be used as an after dinner drink, a sipping cocktail with appetizers, or even served as a brunch cocktail.  The espresso and mint flavors pair nicely with chocolates and sweets for a dessert cocktail.  The coffee flavor makes it a wonderful brunch beverage, and the combination of the two produce a fantastic cocktail to sip slowly.

The Espresso Menta is made with only 2 ingredients — Caffe’ Borghetti and Branca Menta.  We added a sprig of mint for garnish, because you’ve got to accessorize!! To make the Espresso Menta, place your Branca Menta bottle in the freezer for about an hour to chill.  Next pour 1.5 ounces of Caffe’ Borghetti and 1 ounce of Branca Menta over a cup of ice in a shaker.  Shake until the shaker becomes chilled.  Pour into a small sipping cocktail glass.  Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.  Sip and enjoy.

The Espresso Menta is a great cocktail to serve when entertaining, because there is little prep. The flavors will have your guests wondering how you found this gem of a cocktail.  You can tell them about us, or maybe you want to keep your source a secret?

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Ideas for Your Easter Brunch Every Bunny Will Love

Oh friends!  We have been buuuuusy this week.  It is amazing that we even have time to get this post written and sent off.  Soccer has been ruling our lives this week with games rearranged because of storms, games in the wind, driving back and forth!  But it is Easter weekend and we have several items on The Blind Pig that would be perfect for your holiday breakfast or brunch.

Day DrinkingWe shared this drink with you last week. It is made with Carpano Bianco and grapefruit soda.  It is low in alcohol content and would be a great addition to an Easter brunch.

Cucumber Gin SpritzThis cocktail is also light and would be a refreshing addition to any morning gathering.

Gold Medal Coffee

Of course this would be perfect for the coffee drinkers in your entourage.

Mateo’s Bloody MaryThis easy to make Bloody Mary compliments nicely with bacon and egg dishes.

Rosa SpritzAny spritz is a winner for brunch in our book.

Christmas Morning BreadAlthough we showed you this bread at Christmas, it would make a delicious choice for Easter, as well.

Kerrygold Cinnamon RollsThese rolls are a little time consuming, but well worth the effort.

Kerrygold French ToastYummo!  Enough said.

Wow WafflesWe shared these delightful fluffy waffles with you a few posts back.  Remember, you can also use this recipe for pancakes!

We wish you and your family the best this Easter.  We have some other great posts to share with you in the next few weeks!

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Christmas Morning Bread

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One of the best things about Christmas is jumping out of bed early in the morning in anticipation of unwrapping presents under the tree.  Since our family usually has a big meal planned for Christmas, we don’t tend to eat a huge breakfast.  If you have guests staying with you, it’s nice to put your best foot forward at breakfast — especially on Christmas morning.  We are sharing an easy, tasty and fresh recipe with you that will delight all of the members of your family on that joyous holiday morning.  Your house guests will think that you went all out just for them.  You can smile graciously.  No need to tell them how easy this delectable breakfast was to make.

This recipe was a combination of a few recipes that we had found over the years.  One recipe was from Taste of Home December 2017 issue and the other was from Southern Living December 2009, and then we added in a little twist of our own. This great recipe can be prepped a day ahead and baked fresh in the morning or warmed in the oven.  To make Christmas Morning Bread you will need, sugar, cinnamon, frozen bread roll dough, Kerrygold butter, chopped pecans, brown sugar, Templeton Rye whiskey and semisweet baking chocolate bar.

First we started to thaw out our frozen rolls.  They were not completely thawed by the time we started to work with the dough, but we think it helped to have the dough slightly thawed.  You can make your bread from scratch like Grandma Ruth likes to do, but we opted for the frozen dough which was easier.

Next we combined the sugar and cinnamon.  We melted our Kerrygold butter in the microwave.  We sprinkled a few of our chopped pecans in the bottom of a sprayed bunt pan.  Next we made our whiskey caramel sauce.  We placed brown sugar, butter, and whiskey in a small saucepan; brought it to a boil;  cooked and stirred for 3 minutes. Then removed from heat to cool.

After about 5 minutes,  we poured about 1/3 of caramel in the bottom of the bundt pan with the pecans.  This gave the top of our bread a nice sweet glaze.

We prepped our area by having the rolls handy, along with the butter, sugar cinnamon mixture and bundt pan.  Next we took a roll.  Dipped it in the butter, and then rolled the top 1/2 of the roll in the sugar-cinnamon mixture.  We placed the roll in the bottom of the pan.  We continued until we had a fairly even layer of rolls on the bottom of the pan.  We drizzled caramel mixture and pecans over the first layer of rolls.  Then we continued layering the rolls and adding pecans and caramel drizzle over each layer until we had 3-4 layers. Our package of rolls was 3 lbs.  We thought, “What the heck.  The more the merrier, right?”  Wrong.  It was too much dough and our rolls overflowed in the oven.  Stop at about 2 pounds of dough. (wink)

Next we covered with plastic wrap and placed in a warm toasty spot in our kitchen to rise for about 45 minutes.  If you want to bake these Christmas morning, you can cover and chill them in the fridge.  We would suggest taking them out and letting them rise slightly before placing in the oven.

When you are ready to bake, place them in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees.  Make sure to place a baking sheet covered in foil on the bottom oven rack. (Believe us, you do not want to skip this part.  We saved ourselves from cleaning up a huge mess by doing this!) Bake bread for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes, and then invert on a serving plate.

To make the chocolate whiskey glaze you will need to melt the chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl.  We melted ours in small bursts of 30 seconds, so we didn’t over cook.  When chocolate is melted, stir in 1/4 cup of whiskey and stir until smooth.  Drizzle the chocolate whiskey glaze over the top of the bread.

If you are viewing this post in your email, visit us at http://www.theblindpig.blog for a full printable recipe of Christmas Morning Bread.

When we made our bread in our test kitchen, it did not last long.  Blind Piglets #2 and #3 and their friends finished it off pretty quickly.  We had a few left overs for the next day, and we think it tasted better on day 2.

Are you going to treat your family Christmas morning?  Do you need to impress your mother-in-law?  Whether you are staying in or headed out, Christmas Morning Bread will be sure to become one of your family’s holiday favs.  Let us know if you try it out.  We love hearing what you think!

   

Mother’s Day Brunch: Grapefruit Spritz

mother's day brunch3Hi friends!  It seems like we were just with you since we wrote the April Bonus post just a few short days ago.  What did you think about the Templeton Whiskey Cake?

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Mother’s Day is just a couple of weeks away which got us thinking about the perfect Mother’s Day Brunch.  Mimosas came to mind.  Don’t get us wrong, Rhonda loves a good mimosa, but they seem a little ordinary.  We are excited to share a new beverage recipe with you this week. Rhonda is kind of on a spritz kick right now. She had a delicious spritz in England when she went to visit Blind Piglet #1.  Then she came home and made The Cucumber Gin Spritz.  We had some of Seagram’s new Grapefruit Vodka in the house.  We were playing around with different recipes we could try with this citrusy liquor, and the Grapefruit Spritz was born.

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Now that you know the backstory, let’s get to the details.  We hear you already.  Not a grapefruit fan?  Is it the crazy cousin in the beloved citrus family?  No worries.  We aren’t huge grapefruit people either.  However, Seagram’s Grapefruit Vodka has just enough citrus taste to give this drink a light citrus flavor without overpowering the drink.  We pinky promise.

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This beverage hits the mark for easy, tasty and fresh.  The recipe is soooo easy that you will feel guilty when your mother brags on what a great job you did serving her Mother’s Day brunch. Of course the drink is tasty, we already told you that.  Fresh?  The citrus punch of the grapefruit coupled with an easy garnish of fresh grapefruit has fresh written all over it!

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We (Rhonda) served the Mother’s Day Brunch with a Zucchini Onion Frittata recipe she clipped from Southern Living years ago. (It’s a winner.) Frittata only sounds complicated.  Don’t forget that Kerrygold French Toast  or Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls are also easy, tasty, fresh brunch recipes that will please and impress mothers from near and far.

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Now your special brunch for the mothers in your life is covered. You are ready to impress and tell your mother/wife/Godmother how much she means to you.

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Happy early Mother’s Day to all of those wonderful mothers who have touched our lives in big and small ways.  We love you all.

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Happy Anniversary, Blind Pig

The Blind Pig Blog has made one trip around the sun!  Yes, this week marks our one year anniversary of The Blind Pig Blog.  What an adventure this year has been! We are so grateful to our faithful subscribers who have joined us in this fun adventure. Each post has had its own special flare and flavor.  At the end of 2017 we posted our Top Ten most popular posts for the year.  This week, we want to take you on a trip down memory lane and share our personal favorites with you.

10. Spiked Honey Watermelon Limeade

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We first shared this delicious beverage with you during our Watermelon Wars.  Not only is the drink fun to make, but it is a great drink for summer cookouts or pool parties.

9. The Royal Hurricane

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The Royal Hurricane is one of the newer members of The Blind Pig cache, but will most likely be a crowd favorite at our household this summer.  It’s an excellent beach or lakeside drink.

8. Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls

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No one makes rolls like Grandma Ruth, but these are a great substitute when Grandma is not near.

7.  Kerrygold French Toast

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This recipe is a must-have at your next brunch.  By the way, Mother’s Day is just right around the corner.

6. Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn

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This post is one our favs because it was so darn easy to make, and was such a delightful surprise!

5. Zaya Banana Bread

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Zaya Banana Bread is hands down the BEST banana bread we have ever had.  It even tastes better after a day or two.

4. Kerrygold Ice Cream

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This post was probably our most overlooked post, and it was definitely one of the best recipes we shared with you.  It is such an easy way to make homemade ice cream, and it is delish!  The chocolate sauce is a dream, too.

3. Caffe Borghetti Peanut Butter Ice Cream Fudge Pie

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Six words: Peanut Butter Ice Cream Fudge Pie.  Need we say more?

2. Mary Ann or Ginger?

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This fun, easy drink is a crowd pleaser and one of our favorites to serve at get-togethers and gatherings.

1. The Skinny Agave Margaritathe skinny agave margarita

This post started it all.  Not only does The Skinny Agave Margarita taste great, it is a versatile crowd pleaser for any social gathering.  Besides, who doesn’t appreciate a good margarita every now and then?

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We are closing out this post with a shout out to Blind Piglet #1.  She turns 21 years old today!  Happy Birthday. XOXO

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Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls

Kerrygold Cinnamon RollsWhere has March gone?  Do you realize that Easter is next weekend, which also is the start of April?  To help you prep for your Easter brunch or breakfast after sunrise service, we are sharing a delicious cinnamon roll with Kerrygold icing.  You are probably thinking, “Fresh baked cinnamon rolls are quite a chore.”  We are telling you that this recipe if fairly easy and foolproof.

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You may have seen our tease on instagram, where we brought in the big gun, Grandma Ruth, to help.  Grandma Ruth is a cinnamon roll baking pro, and she was able to share some helpful tips to making rolls taste great.  We got our recipe from kerrygoldusa.com, and of course changed a few parts here and there.

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First we prepped the dough.  We put our dough hook on our mixer and combined the yeast and warmed milk.  We used a kitchen thermometer to make sure that the milk was a cozy 110 degrees.  We stirred in the sugar and let it sit for about 10 minutes until it was foamy.  (This is when the yeast begins to activate.  Don’t skip this important step.)  We added the eggs and the flour.  Add eggs and especially the flour slowly in order to get them incorporated with the dough.

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Next, gently knead the dough with the mixer.  We had to abandon the mixer fairly quickly at this step.  The dough kept wrapping around the dough hooks and was not kneading well.  We kneaded it within the bowl.  Next, knead in the soften butter in chunks.  You can add more flour if the dough looks sticky.  Ours did not need extra flour.

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We removed the dough from the bowl and gently kneaded it on a lightly floured surface (about 10 times).  Then we rolled the dough into a ball and placed it in a bowl sprayed with cooking spray.  We covered with plastic and a clean kitchen towel.  The dough was placed in a warm area for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until it doubled.

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In a small bowl we prepared the filling — brown sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch.

When the dough doubled in size, we removed it from the bowl.  We divided the dough in half, and gently rolled it out on a floured surface with a rolling pin.  Make sure to roll your dough into a rectangle about the same size as a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Then we spread softened butter over the dough and sprinkled with half of the filling mixture. Starting at the long end, we rolled the dough up into a log.  After rolling,  we cut it in half and then cut the halves into thirds.  The rolls were placed in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish which was sprayed with baking spray.  We repeated the steps with the other half of the dough.

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We covered the baking dish with a clean kitchen towel and placed in a warm area until slightly risen.  We waited about 30 minutes.  The rolls were baked at 375 degrees on the middle rack for about 20-25 minutes.  Make sure not to overcook your rolls or they will be dry and hard.

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While rolls were baking,  we prepared the frosting by combining softened butter, powdered sugar and Kerrygold Irish Cream.  The frosting was beaten with a small electric hand mixer until smooth and fluffy.

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We frostened our rolls when they were slightly warm, so the frosting glazed the top.  You may want to frosten the rolls when completely cooled.

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You  can serve the rolls warm or at room temperature with a mimosa or Hot Chocolate with a Twist.  These rolls will be sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face on Easter morning.

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Thanks for visiting us at The Blind Pig Blog.  We are happy that you stopped by.  Let us know if you serve Kerrygold Cinnamon Rolls for a special breakfast.

 

Midnight Spice

We have almost made it to the end of 2017!  Was this an unusual year for you?  It was for us, so we are looking forward to counting down and moving toward 2018 with optimism and hope!  We will definitely toast to that!

Do you remember when we told you that we had brunch at Whiskey Cake a couple of weeks ago?  We sat at the bar and watched the bartenders do their thing.  One drink that was a popular order for brunch was the drink that we are sharing with you today.  Of course we added our own flair to it and changed an ingredient or two.  The Midnight Spice is easy to make and easy to drink.

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One ingredient in Midnight Spice is Frangelico.  Frangelico is an Italian Hazelnut liqueur that we have not mentioned on The Blind Pig Blog.  The liqueur has low alcohol content (20%), and produces a smooth hazelnut texture.  The bottle is made to look like an Italian monk. (Cute, right?)  You may have seen it on the back bar of one of your favorite establishments.

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There are only 3 simple ingredients needed for Midnight Spice: Frangelico, Kerrygold Irish Cream and simple syrup. We also added some cinnamon for a garnish.

You will need to make the simple syrup ahead of time.  We have directions for making simple syrup here.

Place 1 1/2 ounces of Kerrygold Irish Cream, 1 ounce of Frangelico, and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup.  Place in a shaker over ice.  Shake for 30 seconds.  Strain.  Pour in serving glass and top with freshly grated cinnamon for garnish.

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This drink is not too alcohol forward and makes for an excellent beverage late at night or early in the day.  Whether you are celebrating NYE with a large group of friends or a quiet night in with your sweetie, this drink will not disappoint.  It makes for a delicious nightcap or a lovely beverage for a brunch.

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We feel blessed that you have joined us on our blog, and we would love to hear from you in 2018. There are many more ideas and recipes we want to share with you. If you are ringing in the new year, be safe and don’t drink and drive.  Cheers to you and yours for a prosperous 2018!

 

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We’d Like to Propose a Toast!

Hey friends, so how is your holiday shopping going?  We haven’t really started yet, although Rhonda finally got our Christmas cards in the mail.  We are moving down that holiday checklist, which brings us to talk about holiday traditions.  What traditions do you hold dear during the holidays? We told you last week about how we like to drive around and look at lights and then end the night with some yummy hot chocolate.  Craig’s family always woke up early on Christmas morning to unwrap presents. Rhonda’s family attended midnight mass, so Santa always magically came while we were at mass.  We found our presents under the tree after getting home around 1:30 am.  We would oohhh and aaahhh and then sleep in on Christmas morning.  Funny how that happened, right?

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This week we are sharing an easy, tasty and fresh recipe for you to serve for breakfast Christmas morning or if you have holiday guests staying at your house.  This recipe is tastes complicated and delicious.  Whether you are trying to impress houseguests or just want to make a special breakfast for your honey, it is sure to delight.  The best thing is that it is soooo easy! You will feel a little guilty when your loved ones keep bragging about the delicious breakfast they had.

Rhonda found this recipe on the kerrygold usa site.    We know.  We know.  Another Kerrygold recipe?  It is just so hard to resist, because Kerrygold Irish Cream goes well with so many things!

You make this recipe much like most French toast recipes. The big difference is a tablespoon of Kerrygold in the egg mixture that the bread is soaked in and a Kerrygold sauce that you drizzle over the top when serving.

To start you will preheat your skillet over medium heat and add butter.  Of course we added Kerrygold butter, because once we started using it for baking and cooking none of the other butters can compare.

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Do you have a cast iron skillet?  We love ours.  Rhonda requested it for Christmas a couple of years ago.  We know it is not very romantic, but it has been one of her favorite gifts ever.  Yes, ever!  It is so easy to use when cooking and it helps food cook very evenly.

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While melting the butter, whisk together milk, eggs, sugar and Kerrygold.  Dunk each bread slice into the mixture for about 5 seconds and then place in the skillet.  We used some French bread that we had on hand.  The thicker the slice the more decadent your French toast will taste and look.

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Cook each slice of bread for about 3-4 minutes and until golden brown on each side.

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You can make the sauce while the toast is cooking.  Whisk together Kerrygold, powdered sugar and cornstarch.  That’s it.

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Serve your toast with a pat of Kerrygold butter on the top and drizzle the sauce. So easy!  Right?  Now do you see why you will blush when friends and family are bragging on your delicious breakfast or brunch Christmas morning?  You will make it all look so easy.

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Kerrygold French Toast

  • 2 tablespoons Kerrygold Unsalted Butter,  plus extra for serving
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 4 1″-thick slices french bread

Preheat large skillet over medium heat and add butter.  

Whisk together milk. eggs, sugar and Kerrygold.  Dunk each bread slice in mixture for about 5 second per side and place in skillet.  Cook each slice for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown on each side.

Irish Cream Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Kerrygold Irish Cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Whisk together until smooth.

Serve with two slices of French toast topped with a pat of butter and drizzled with sauce.

We hope you will try our French toast recipe.  Perhaps it will be a new tradition for your Christmas morning like waking up in new PJ’s or unwrapping loads of presents at the crack of dawn.  We can’t wait to share more holiday ideas with you next week!