Gifts in a Jar,
The Day after Bonfire Night
Home-Made Irish Cream Liqueur
I had a wonderful start to the day yesterday, as some of you will have read I went to Malton Food Lover’s Market, an extraordinary event that was bristling with locally produced treats of all sorts, as well as locally reared rare breed meats, fruit, vegetables and cheeses……I will be covering the market in much more detail at a later stage as I still have hundreds of photos to upload and all my tasting notes to sort out, it’s such a hard job!
However, I must issue a word of warning to you all; on my return I discovered that my blog had been deleted due to someone hacking into my account…….I was pretty upset as you can imagine and was also very sad that someone could have stooped so low as to do this to me. It’s at this stage that I must fly the flag for social media and networking, a very kind person from Twitter alerted me to the fact that I may I have been hacked after seeing my pleas for help; they then sent me details on how I could possibly reinstate my account and blog ~ this act of kindness from someone I have never met before cancelled out the initial shock and anger that someone had deliberately deleted my blog along with it all my enthusiasm and hard work……a big THANKS!
Moving onto happier events, Bonfire Night last night was brilliant. The local firework show amazed and delighted us with loud whiz bangs, shooting rockets and hissing, whirling Catherine wheels……cordite and wood smoke hung thickly in the air and everyone had rosy red noses with happy smiles whilst wearing looks of surprise and wonderment. The bangers sizzled and the steaming hot soup was like a hug in a mug…..on returning home, a large slice of ginger parkin completed the bonfire feast, once again, I will share that recipe here a little later.
And so it is that after Bonfire night comes more gift making for Christmas……I am still making treats from my Gifts in a Jar series, edible gifts that are in a jar ~ home-made and always welcomed by my family and friends. I have two more hot beverages to share with you, tea and hot chocolate, but for today I am showing you an easy “copy cat” recipe for Irish Cream Liqueur.
This is always a popular gift, as you can imagine, and the original recipe was sent to me by a friend in Canada. Although there are many recipes for this home-made Irish style liqueur drink, this is the one that I prefer as it is not too sweet and is very easy to whip up as a last minute gift.
I am entering this as another recipe for Liz’s Thrifty Christmas, but I have to be honest and say that I am not sure that is cheaper to make at home than buying a generic bottle at one of the budget food stores in the UK! However, the joy of making this and knowing what what ingredients it contains still makes it a great gift to make, and it’s fun to decorate the bottle and add your own home-made tags.
Home-made Irish Cream Liqueur
600ml Irish Whiskey, or Scotch Whisky
1 tin sweetened condensed milk (397ml/14ozs)
240ml single cream
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons coconut cream or coconut milk
2 teaspoons good quality instant coffee
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract/essence
Blend all the ingredients together and decant into a bottle; Store in a cool place, preferably the fridge for up to one month.
Add a label to say:
“ Store covered in the fridge and use within a month. Serve over ice or in a speciality coffee”.
Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to let of steam, see you later and enjoy your Sunday!
(NB:This recipe was originally written and submitted by myself and published in Country Kitchen magazine, November 2009.)