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.

 

Do You Fondue?

fondue 3 waysDo you fondue? We are surprised to learn many people have never tried this delicious and easy dessert with many variations.  We show you three of our favorites today.

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Fondue is a Blind Pig Family favorite.  We have many great memories of sitting outside near the fire in the evening and culminating the night by chowing down on some heavenly dessert fondue.  We like all kinds of fondue, but it seems like the people in our family with the sweet tooth always win out and expect dessert fondue when they hear the name.

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Today we are bringing you 3 easy, fresh, and tasty ways to have fondue. These three delicious options take very little prep and if your house is like ours, there is very little clean up.

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Prior to making fondue, we always prep our dipping ingredients.  Our family favorites are: sliced strawberries, chopped apples, marshmallows, cubed angel food cake, graham crackers, sliced bananas, and popcorn. Other great dippers are pretzels, raspberries, blackberries, sponge cake, and brownies. Basically anything that tastes good covered in chocolate or caramel — which is basically everything.  Right?

 

Option 1:  Kerrygold Chocolate Fondue.  This creamy fondue is made with  1 12 ounce bag hershey’s milk chocolate chips, 1/4 cup of milk, 1 ounce of Kerrygold Irish Cream, and a tablespoon of peanut butter.  Place all ingredients into a fondue pot or a small saucepan on the stove — low heat. Stir ingredients until smooth and creamy.  When you are ready, pass out the skewers and let the dipping begin!

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Option 2: Espresso Chocolate Fondue.  This is a great option for the coffee lovers in your life.  Follow the directions listed above for Kerrygold Chocolate Fondue.  Add 1 ounce of Caffe Borghetti Espresso Liqueur. Stir until smooth and then dip!

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Option 3: Nutty Butter Rum Fondue. This fondue takes a different turn and is not made with chocolate, but with  caramel. The caramel flavor of Zaya Rum compliments this fondue nicely. Put 1 3/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Bring to a boil for 6-7 minutes.  Stir in 1 tablespoon of Zaya Rum and cook for about a minute.  Remove from heat and stir in the 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter until melted.  Stir in 1/2 cup of half and half until the mixture is smooth.  Finally stir in 1/2 cup of chopped peanuts. This fondue is great with popcorn and apples.  It makes an excellent Fall treat.

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Fondue can be prepared ahead of time and reheated once you are ready to serve.  It is fun to make the Kerrygold Chocolate Fondue as a base.  Separate the fondue into small little ramekins or shot glasses for guests to use as their own dipper.  Just make sure that you serve the fondue warm.

Kerrygold Irish Cream gives this chocolate fondue a creamy texture and taste.

Many of our followers ask us, “What do you do with the food and drinks you make for The Blind Pig?”  The answer is that we eat it!  If we make something that doesn’t pass our taste testers, we don’t share it with you.  Here is a look at the rest of the story, after the posed pictures are complete.

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Official Blind Pig Taste Testers.

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The pans were licked clean and there were only 2 lonely slices of strawberries left on the plate. They came and they conquered!

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Now that you know 3 easy ways to fondue, will you fondue?  Which one will you try first?

What a week!  It was spring break for 3/5 of The Blind Pig household, so there was a flurry of activity. Did you see the sneak peek we put on Instagram?  Grandma Ruth was here and we made cinnamon rolls with a Blind Pig twist!  No one makes cinnamon rolls like Grandma Ruth.

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Mint to be Irish

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This tasty little cordial made with Kerrygold Irish Cream, Zaya Rum and Branca Menta will have your dancing an Irish jig in no time.

Hello friends! We are starting spring break this weekend, and we are looking ahead to St. Patrick’s Day.  We both come from Irish ancestors. Craig’s grandmother’s maiden name was Gertrude Holmes. Rhonda’s grandmother was Mary Dorothea O’Donnell, and Mary Dorothea’s father was Patrick O’Donnell.  Can you really get any more Irish than that?   Whether you are Irish or just want to be, we have a fun little cocktail for you to toast your lads and lassies.  You will believe that you were Mint to Be Irish.

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Just like the lucky three leaf clover, this cocktail is made with three delicious spirits — Kerrygold Irish Cream, Zaya Rum, and Branca Menta.

Add 2 ounces of Kerrygold Irish Cream, 1 ounce of Zaya Rum, and 1/2 ounce of Branca Menta to a shaker.  Top with a scoop of ice and shake for 20-30 seconds.  Pour into a small cordial glass and garnish with a mint leaf.

Yummo!  This tasty sipper will have you kissing the Blarney Stone and dancing an Irish jig.

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Visit our website to get a printable version of the recipe.

This tasty little cordial made with Kerrygold Irish Cream, Zaya Rum and Branca Menta will have your dancing an Irish jig in no time.

We would love to hear if you try Mint to Be Irish or any of our ideas on our blog.  Be on the lookout for a bonus post coming in the next week.

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Disclaimer: The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years and older.  We do not condone underage drinking.  Never drink and drive.

Top Ten Posts for 2017

Happy New Year, friends.  Did you ring in the new year with family and friends or did you spend a cozy night in?  We had a get together at our casa and the Infused Pineapple Vodka did not disappoint.

As we look forward to the new year with optimism and enthusiasm, we also reflect on 2017.  We were surprised to see that we have already posted 33 times on our little blog.  Time flies when you are busy cooking and concocting.  We wanted to share with you our top ten posts that received the most buzz and views.

  1. Zaya Rum Mojito zayamojito5
  2. Tequila Fish Tacostequila fish tacos6
  3. Watermelon Warswatermelon wars 3
  4. Mary Ann or Gingermary ann or ginger
  5. Carpano Antica Sangriasangria 8
  6. Zaya Banana Breadzaya banana bread 1
  7. Zaya Rum Manhattanzaya manhattan 7
  8. Pumpkin Spice Martinipumpkin spice martini 4
  9. Kerrygold Ice Creamkerrygoldicecream
  10. Salted Whiskey Caramel Corncaramel corn 013

Next week we will bring you more recipes and ideas for entertaining and your delight, as well as some more low calorie alternatives for entertaining.

It is our resolution to double our followers in 2018.  Refer our blog to a friend and encourage him/her to select the “following” button in the lower right hand corner to receive our little blog to their inbox each week.  Look for us on Pinterest at theblindpigblog and repin our posts!

 

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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!

 

 

 

3 Hot Chocolates with a Twist

Hello friends, how was your Thanksgiving?  Did you serve any of our delicious fall treats at your feast? Who tried the Templeton Pecan Pie?  Did you serve the Zaya Banana Bread? What about the Pumpkin Martini?

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As soon as Thanksgiving is over we start to get into the Christmas spirit around here.  We decorated the house with Christmas decorations, ordered our family Christmas cards, and started watching our holiday movie favorites.  Hands down our family loves Elf with Will Ferrell.  We can recite most of the lines from the movie. Do you know the four main food groups?  Along with the other Christmas festivities, we also enjoy our favorite holiday beverages and foods.  Although it was a balmy 70 degrees in Dallas today as we were hanging our holiday lights, we enjoyed some hot chocolate to get us in the holiday mood.

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This year we decided to kick things up a notch by trying some grown up hot chocolate. Lucky for you, in this post you will get 3 great ideas for the low price of 1. (We just had to partake in the Black Friday Hype!)

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We used a hot chocolate recipe from The Better Homes and Gardens cookbook for the base of our hot chocolate.  However, there are many different recipes out there, and we are not against using Swiss Miss if you must!

Hot Chocolate

  • 2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened or semisweet chocolate coarsely chopped or 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 cups milk
  • Garnish:  Whipped cream, marshmallows, mint leaves

In a medium saucepan combine chocolate, sugar and 1/2 cup of milk.  Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture just comes to boiling.  Stir in remaining milk and heat through.

Remove from heat.  Beat milk with a rotary beater until frothy.  Serve hot in cups or mugs and garnish as desired.

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Our first try was Pumpkin Spice.  We know what you are saying, “Thanksgiving is over. Give up on the Pumpkin Spice, Rhonda!”  However, we think you will be pleasantly surprised with this one.  Here is another twist.  It incorporates Rye Whiskey!  We were skeptical, until we tried it.  This one ended up being Rhonda’s favorite. We topped it off with the Whiskey Whipped Cream from our pecan pie.

1.Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Make hot chocolate as desired.  Add one ounce of Templeton Rye Whiskey.  Add a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on top.

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Kerrygold Irish Cream is a very versatile liqueur, and brings a taste of extra chocolate decadence to almost any dessert or beverage.  Our Irish Hot Chocolate is easy.  Just add an ounce of Kerrygold for some extra chocolate indulgence.

2. Irish Hot Chocolate

Make hot chocolate as desired.  Add an ounce of Kerrygold Irish Cream.  Top off with marshmallows.

Branca Menta is a liqueur that we have referenced in the past in our “Who Needs Half-Price Shakes after 8?” post.  It has a smooth mint flavor that stands out in many recipes.  It is perfect for any mint-lover, and gives a refreshing boost to our hot chocolate.

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3. Menta Hot Chocolate

Make hot chocolate as desired.  Add an ounce of Branca Menta.  Top off with marshmallows or whipped cream with a mint sprig for garnish.

3 great hot chocolate drinks for sipping around the fire and watching your holiday favs.  Which one will you try first?  We would love to hear about it.

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You Had Me at Pumpkin Spice

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Did we mention that Rhonda loves fall?  Along with the season of fall, Rhonda loves pumpkin spice.  She will try anything as long as it has pumpkin spice in the title… well almost anything.  She even has a shirt that she wears every fall to commemorate her love for pumpkin spice.  We don’t really know when this love of pumpkins began.  It may date back to her love of the fairy tale of Cinderella as a small child.

Imagine her delight when she found a drink with 5 simple ingredients that she can toast to her love of pumpkin spice. This drink meets the standards of easy and tasty. We hope that you, too, will be able to celebrate your appreciation for the flavor of fall with a toast to this drink as well. 

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Thanks to Craig’s colleagues who had dinner with us this week and taste tested some of our pumpkin recipes. It is always more fun to try out new recipes with friends and family!

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Golden Pumpkin Spice Martini

  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree
  • 1 oz. Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka
  • 2 oz. Kerrygold Irish Cream
  • 1 dash of pumpkin spice
  • 1 dash of vanilla
  • whipped cream and chocolate syrup for garnish

Add pumpkin puree, vodka, irish cream, dash of pumpkin pie spice and dash of vanilla to shaker.  Add 1 cup of ice.  Shake for 30 seconds. Strain.  Pour into serving glass drizzled with chocolate syrup for garnish.  Top off drink with a small dab of whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.  Cheers!

We dressed this drink up with some whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.  We drizzled the inside of the our martini glass with some chocolate syrup to accessorize the drink.  We first mentioned this garnishing technique back in the post  Who Needs Half-Price Shakes After 8?

Do you know how to correctly shake a drink? Rhonda used to shake drinks vertically until Craig pointed out that the correct way to shake a drink is to make sure that the shaker is horizontal to the ground.  Who knew?  It does make sense, though.  The ingredients mix better when the shaker is turned on its side.  So let us see you shake, shake, shake!

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The Golden Pumpkin Spice Martini is the perfect fall drink.  Can’t you see your Thanksgiving guests sipping on this prior to their Thanksgiving Meal?  It is not too heavy and it is not too sweet.  It is a great drink for sitting around a fire with cozy blankets on a cool fall evening.  Let us know if you try it out.  We’d love to hear from you.

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Happy Halloween!  Stay safe and have fun.

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Let Them Eat Cake!

Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone!  We can’t believe this is the official end of summer.  Our blog kicked off  the summer with our Seagram’s Sweet Tea Lemonade.  As we look back at the all of the summer posts we have made since then, we realize the summer flew.  Don’t worry, though.  We have lots of yummy fall and winter treats to tantalize your tastebuds.  We will continue to post.

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Last week we experienced a milestone in our family.  Our middle son, Jonathan turned sixteen.  When the kids were younger Rhonda started a tradition where she always made homemade birthday cakes for the kids.  She made everything from a purse, to a monster truck to an aircraft carrier!  The kids laugh today about how their special cake was one of their favorite memories, and they made crazy requests because they thought their mom could make ANYTHING.  Oh… how we wish for the days that our kids thought we knew and could do it all.  Now that they are teenagers and beyond, that is not the case. 🙂

Jonathan loves chocolate and for the past few years has asked for a triple layer chocolate cake.  This year Rhonda decided to try out a recipe she had adapted with Kerrygold Irish Cream.  It did not disappoint.

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A special birthday requires special candles.  We found these sparkling candles and special 16  at Hobby Lobby on the party aisle.

Rhonda made this cake from scratch.  No cake mixes for this one.  It is adapted from a Southern Living recipe in The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook.  The addition of Kerrygold Irish Cream to this recipe gives the cake a milky chocolate taste and color.

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For the icing, we adapted a Southern Living recipe as well.  The icing is a cream cheese icing recipe, so it had a different texture than the typical buttercream frosting.

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As you can see, our boy was happy with his cake.  Gosh, we can’t believe 16 years have gone by.

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Kerrygold Cake

  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Kerrygold Irish Cream
  • 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 (1 ounce squares) unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Kerrygold Irish Cream

Spray three 9 inch round cake pans with cooking spray.

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.  Gradually add sugar beating at medium speed (5-7 minutes).  Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.  Add 1/4 cup Kerrygold Irish Cream beat until well blended.

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Combine flour and next 3 ingredients.  Add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix at low speed after each addition until blended. Stir in chocolate and vanilla.

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Pour batter into prepared pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.

Kerrygold Irish Cream Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened
  • 1 (16 ounce package) powdered sugar, sifted and divided.
  • 3 (1 ounce squares) unsweetened chocolate melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup Kerrygold Irish Cream

Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer.  Add 1 cup powdered sugar and chocolate.  Beat until smooth.  Gradually add remaining sugar and Irish Cream, beating at low speed until spreading consistency.

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Spread frosting between layers of cake.  Spread frosting on top and sides of cake.  Store in refrigerator.

 

Both the batter and the frosting are a thick, creamy consistency.  You can tell from the photo that the batter is thick in the pan.  This is a great cake to serve for a birthday or any special occasion.  We would love to hear if you try it out.  Feel free to share comments and questions on our blog.  Don’t forget to look for our posts on Pinterest! Have a great week.

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We know the cake is and looks a little lopsided in this pic.  We are keeping it real on this blog.  Some of the best tasting cakes are a little lopsided and not picture perfect.

Move over Paciugo…. here comes Kerrygold ice cream!

So, how was your eclipse viewing?  We didn’t get a chance to view it up close and personal, because we were both at work.  However, our daughter was in the path to view the total eclipse.  She said it was AMAZING!  Whether you viewed it or not, we hope your eclipse was a little more fun with last week’s post!

We are always searching for great recipes to try and then share with you.  We always try to stick to our criteria of easy, tasty, fresh.  Well… this week we feel like we struck gold!  We actually discovered this wonderful little golden nugget of a recipe a couple of weeks ago, but with the eclipse and all we decided to hold off on sharing.  Believe us. We can’t wait for you to experience this one for yourself.  It’s just that the cosmos had other plans, right?

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The secret ingredient to this tasty treat is Kerrygold Irish Cream.  We mentioned Kerrygold in our post, “Half Price Shakes After 8.” We both love ice cream.  Not only is it a delicious treat in the summer, but one always can make room for it.  It slips into the cracks!  We found this recipe on www.Kerrygoldusa.com by guest bloggers Lisa Riedl and Anna Schaber, so we thought that we would try it.  After all, the description said that it was easy, and it was!  Sooo easy.

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The ingredients that you will need are: 1 can sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, salt, Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur, and heavy cream.  Yep!  That’s it.  Now, before you dig your ice cream churn out of the attic, let us tell you that you are not going to need it.  We were doubtful also.  How do you make homemade ice cream without a churn? You don’t need rock salt and loads of ice.  Nope. All you need is a hand held electric mixer and a freezer.

Make sure that your mixing bowl and beaters have set in the freezer for about 20 minutes before starting the ice cream.  It will make the ice cream freeze faster.

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Stir together the  milk, vanilla, salt and Kerrygold. Set aside.

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Place cream in the chilled bowl and beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes or until peaks form.  We had to beat ours for closer to four minutes.

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Fold 1/3 whipped cream mixture into milk mixture to lighten it and then fold in the remaining cream until ice cream mixture is smooth. Be careful not to over whisk and stir.  You don’t want to deflate the whipped cream. At this point you are going to want to sit down and start eating it.  This creamy smooth goodness is hard to resist, but you must, because it needs to go into the freezer for 8 hours. (Confession:  Rhonda couldn’t resist licking the bowl.)

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After 8 long hours have passed, you are ready to serve in serving bowls or in small cones. The ice cream is soft with a texture similar to Paciugo’s gelato. Thus the title for today’s post. We must mention that  a group of four teenage boys our official taste testers gave the Kerrygold Ice Cream 2 thumbs up!  This ice cream recipe was so easy and tasty, that it has our wheels turning. We think we could adapt this recipe to try some other unique and wonderful flavors.  If we try others, we will be sure to let you know.

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To make this treat extra special, we chose to make Kerrygold Chocolate Sauce to drizzle over the top. Score #2! We found this recipe on www.cooks.com. You will need non-sweetened cocoa, sugar, Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur, half and half and butter.

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Mix the cocoa and sugar.  Then you blend in the Kerry Gold and cream.  Add butter and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is smooth. Yum-O!  You can make this ahead of time and keep in the fridge for up to one week.  We see lots of other possibilities for this rich chocolate sauce.  You may see this one again.

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Kerrygold Ice Cream

  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1.5 ounces of Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 2 cups heavy cream, cold

In a large bowl stir together milk, vanilla, salt and Kerrygold.  Set aside.

Place cream in a chilled mixing bowl and beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes or until firm peaks form.

Fold 1/3 of whipped cream into milk mixture to lighten it and then fold in the remaining cream until ice cream mixture is smooth.

Pour ice cream into loaf pan and freeze for at least 8 hours.

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Kerrygold Chocolate Sauce

  • 1 cup non-sweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Kerrygold Irish Cream
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup butter

In a 3 quart sauce pan, mix cocoa and sugar, then blend in Kerrygold and cream.  Add butter and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth.  If made ahead, let sauce cool; cover and chill up to one week.  Makes 1 1/2 cups.

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We hope you get a chance to try out the Kerrygold ice cream and chocolate sauce.  If you do, please let us know.

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