March 12, 2013

Irish Cream Ice Cream - 4 recipes for 4 different versions and flavors!

This morning I was thinking about some different idea's to serve on St. Patrick's Day besides the regular goodies I've done in the past.  What came to mind was ice cream!  My personal choice, I admit, would be to use a pistachio gelato to celebrate as it's one of my favorite kinds and is green - but it's not really embracing the whole "IRISH" theme.  So instead;  An Irish Cream flavored ice cream!

There are as many ways to make an Irish Cream Ice Cream as you can possibly think of, so really it just comes down to choosing your favorite 'style' of recipe.  I decided I was going to put 3 recipes into my collection as well as tell you about a 4th idea that I like best because it is a non-alcoholic version so it's yummy for me but safe for kids to enjoy too.

When choosing your favorite recipe take into consideration;
  • Eggs or no eggs?
  • Chocolate chunks?
  • Coffee based or vanilla based?
  • Alcohol or no?
I usually like the thick, rich and delicious ice cream we get from using eggs, however there are other times a simple, fast and softer ice cream is fine and then I skip the eggs and use a mixture of creams and milks.  I like the idea of a coffee flavored base so it's similar to the popular Irish Coffee drink - however, you can have fun with the idea's and obviously choose the one you think sounds best.

Another option I'm going to throw out there is to add a few drops of food color - making it a fun shade of green to go with the holiday theme. 

First off however, I want to start with what might be the easiest "recipe" ever.  Fast, easy, yummy and non-alcoholic.

Non-Alcoholic and even Sugar Free Option for 
Irish Cream Ice Cream (safe for kids)

1 container vanilla ice cream of your choice
Torani Irish Cream Syrup (either regular or sugar-free)
Mini chocolate chips optional
Green food color optional

Let the ice cream sit out about 10 minutes to soften a bit.  Place in a large bowl to mix by hand or in a large mixing bowl and use the paddle attachment.  Mix in Irish Cream flavored syrup to your desired strength of taste.  Start with about 1/4 cup and do a taste test.   Blend well and add chocolate chips and/or green food color if you wish.  Place in a freezer safe container like a rubbermaid container with a lid and freeze until ready to serve.

These 3 options do have alcohol so keep that in mind;  however, you can use my idea of adding the Irish Cream syrup instead of the alcoholic liqueur for a non-alcoholic version to be enjoyed by everyone.  If you don't have an Electric Ice Cream Maker, these can be made without one but it is a painstaking process.  Freeze in a container with a lid but remove from the freezer every 15 minutes or so to stir and blend smooth, return to the freezer and continue the stirring and blending process for about 2 hours before finally allowing it to freeze solid without additional stirring.

Irish Cream Ice Cream
No eggs - soft verion

2 c half-and-half
1/2 c white sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
2 c heavy whipping cream
1 T vanilla extract
1/2 c Irish cream liqueur

Mix the half and half in a bowl with the sugars until dissolved.  Add the whipping cream and vanilla extract.  Freezer per your machines directions.  When ready, add the liqueur and mix well.  Freeze in your freezer until ready to serve. 

Irish Cream Ice Cream

6 egg yolks
1/2 c sugar
2 1/4 c milk
2 t vanilla
1/4 c heavy cream
1/4 cup Irish Cream liqueur

Whisk the eggs and sugar in a saucepan until thick and blended.  Heat the milk and vanilla to a boil, remove from heat and drizzle into the egg mixture while whisking. Pour the mixture back into to the saucepan and heat slowly and gently to thicken.  Beat the heavy cream and Irish cream into the mixture. Chill, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Irish Cream Coffee Ice Cream

2 eggs
3/4 c sugar
1 3/4 c whipping cream
1/4 c bailey's irish cream
1 c skim milk
3 T instant coffee
1/2 c chocolate chips or crushed chocolate bar

Whisk eggs until light and frothy. With a whisk or electric hand mixer on low, add the sugar a little at a time until incorporated.  Blend in the cream, irish cream, milk, and instant coffee until combined. Place the mixture in an ice cream machine and follow machine's directions. When ready, add the chocolate pieces and freeze until ready to serve.

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