Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Bailey’s Irish Cream Truffles

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Long ago on St. Patrick’s Day, I found myself  standing in a Fort Myers’ Bennigan’s (restaurant) parking lot that had been roped off to accommodate a band and large amounts of people. Two boys from I-don’t-remember-where in Europe asked me why we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. I looked at them dumbfounded – not because they didn’t know, but because I didn’t know. I told them my best guess was it was simply an excuse to imbibe copious amounts of alcohol in the middle of March. I relate this story for two reasons: 1) I still don’t really know why St. Patrick’s Day is so popular in the United States and 2) boys used to talk to me.

To celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day, I started the day by making Bailey’s Irish Cream truffles. Bailey’s Irish Cream reminds me of two things: 1) getting kicked out of a liquor store with my dad this past Christmas Eve and 2) my first not-from-a-keg drink in college.

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As for the most recent event, Mom asked someone to go buy a bottle of Bailey’s so she could serve what she called a chocolate covered strawberry cocktail that evening. So off to the the liquor store Dad and I went. A chocolate covered strawberry cocktail is Bailey’s mixed with strawberry daiquiri mix (though I’m sure you could vary this with other liquors). Try going into a liquor store and asking for a bottle of Bailey’s and strawberry daiquiri mix sometime to see if you don’t get odd looks from the employees. “Um, you know those don’t go together right?” Then, with your ID at home, try standing with your almost-60-years-old dad while he tries to buy a bottle of Bailey’s. If you’re in Ohio, two days away from turning 33 (i.e. I’m starting to look old), without an ID, the  liquor store employees will kick you both out. Whoops, sorry about that one Dad.

As for that other not-from-a-keg drink, it was called an Attitude Adjustment and made with equal parts Bailey’s, rootbeer shcnapps and amaretto. This morning, I enjoyed some Bailey’s in my coffee while I rolled my truffles. All of these drink stories may make it sound as though I have a problem, but I share because I hesitated to buy a bottle of Bailey’s in the first place. I do not drink a lot of mixed drinks, so I was uncertain how to put the rest to use. If you are like me, hopefully these anecdotes give you some ideas; other delicious recipe ideas can be found on Bailey’s website.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Bailey's Irish Cream Truffles
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 pound chocolate, chopped
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup Bailey's Irish Cream
  • cocoa powder or confectioners' sugar for rolling
Instructions
  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, bring the cream just to a boil.
  3. Pour the cream over the chocolate, and let stand for one minute.
  4. Starting at the center of the bowl, begin to stir the chocolate and cream.
  5. Stir until smooth, microwaving in 20 second increments to melt the remaining chocolate if needed.
  6. Once the chocolate is fully melted and smooth, stir in the Irish Cream.
  7. Cover and let stand overnight.
  8. Remove the chocolate truffle mixture from the refrigerator and roll into balls. It may be helpful to allow the chocolate to soften slightly before rolling into balls
  9. Roll or toss the truffles in cocoa powder or confectioners sugar to complete.
Notes
Keeps for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
 

 

Kiss Me, I’m Irish Soda Bread with Rosemary Orange Honey Butter

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What is it about comparisons that make me go from being happy as a clam to grumpy as a platypus within minutes? I was going about my day with a plan to post plain ol’ Irish Soda Bread when I saw a recipe for Irish Whiskey Soda Bread with Irish Whiskey Butter. Suddenly, this happy clam with a plan was shamefully outclassed.

Fortunately, I had recently read a post that included a recipe for Orange Rosemary Butter. I thought, “Oh, how delicious. I wonder when I’ll actually get around to making that.” It turns out feeling outclassed is my remedy for procrastination because I made it within three days.

Speaking of days,  if you receive Love & Flour via email, you may have noticed this  post’s email arrived in the evening rather than the morning as so often is the case. It’s not a glitch, it’s Daylight Savings Time.  The extra natural daylight frees me up to take pictures of what I baked the night before when I get home from work instead of cramming everything into the weekend.

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What is it about light that makes me feel happy as a clam? I really, really struggle with the dark winter months. I try to find things I like to get through them, like enjoying the holidays and watching hockey, but it’s tough. I used to think it was just the cold, but living in Florida taught me though warmth helps, the dark does me in. Now the extra light at night makes me feel as though I’ve shed a winter coat from my skin. Ahhhh… Now about that bread.

(Love) + Flour + baking soda + salt + buttermilk = Irish Soda Bread. Though the measuring, mixing, kneading, and forming took all of a whopping five minutes, I still experienced a challenge. The first loaf I made I did not bake all the way through, though I let it bake for 30 minutes and it sounded hollow when I rapped on the bottom with my knuckles. That last step was somewhat difficult to complete given bread just removed from the oven is HOT, but nevertheless I tried.

I mixed the ingredients again and split the dough into two smaller loaves. Again, I let it bake for 30 minutes and this time was much more pleased with the results. I am always somewhat concerned I’ll burn the bottom of a baked good when it bakes at a high temperature for a long period of time, so I double stacked my baking sheets. This helped the bottom of the bread brown evenly to a golden hue just like the rest of the bread. I’ve written the recipe as it is seen in the cookbook, but please keep in mind you may need to adjust your bake time (they seem to vary wildly) less you bake an entire loaf with a center filled with gummy dough. Gummi candy = good. Gummy bread = bad.

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The bread was heavy, but not as heavy as I expected, and it tasted slightly sweet. Like all breads, Irish Soda Bread is best served fresh and warm. And though the majority of this post is about the bread, the  Rosemary Orange Honey Butter stole the show. The butter is the perfect mix of sweet and salty, and anything made with Rosemary pleases my tastebuds a great deal. And really, what is bread without butter? Just plain ol’ bread.

In need of other St. Patrick’s Day food ideas? Check out my Kiss Me, I’m Irish board on Pinterest. Enjoy!

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P.S. – I don’t know if platypuses are grumpy. I just couldn’t think of any other way to grab your attention.

Irish Soda Bread with Rosemary Orange Butter
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • For the bread:
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1¾ cups buttermilk
  • For the butter:
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon orange extract
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.
  2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk.
  3. Stir with a wooden spoon to mix. The dough should be very soft and damp.
  4. Knead the dough on a lightly floured counter and shape into at 8-inch round. The dough ball will not be entirely smooth.
  5. Place the loaf on a cookie sheet brushed with oil and cut a cross in the top with a sharp knife.
  6. Bake at 425 F for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. The loaf should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  8. To make the butter, mix all ingredients until well blended.
 

2012′s 12 Months of Giveaways {Giveaway 3: Spring Flowers Apron} CLOSED

Fall Flowers Vintage Style Apron 2012′s 12 Months of Giveaways {Giveaway 3: Spring Flowers Apron} CLOSED

It’s the 12th day of the month, so that means it’s giveaway time.  This past Christmas, I wrote “an apron – the frillier the better” on my list, and I was fortunate enough to have received a frilly apron as a gift from my parents. Now I would like to give you an opportunity to win a pretty apron, like the one seen above, to wear while you bake a sweet dessert or cook a savory meal.

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post telling me about your favorite St. Patty’s Day tradition or how you plan to spend St. Patrick’s day on Saturday. If you would like to earn an additional entry, simply “Like” this blog post.

The contest will end at 1201 a.m. EST on March 19. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and notified via email and/or announced in a blog post within 72 hours of the contest’s end.

 Good Luck!!!

***This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you for entering!***

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