Irish Coffee Royale

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This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

If you’re looking for coffee with a kick, start your day with this hot IRISH COFFEE ROYALE made with brandy and Irish cream!

If you're looking for coffee with a kick, start your day with this hot IRISH COFFEE ROYALE made with brandy and Irish cream!

I drink coffee every single day. Its a little habit I picked up back in high school. On occasion, I like to enjoy a little booze in the morning. I can’t help that my favorite adult beverage is a spicy bloody mary! But, when I’m not in the mood for a spicy and savory drink, I love to add a little kick to my coffee.

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Irish Cheddar Shepherd’s Pie

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This Irish Cheddar Shepherd’s Pie is the perfect comfort food, tastes even better leftover, St. Paddy’s Day meal that your family will love.

This Irish Cheddar Shepherd's Pie is the perfect comfort food, tastes even better leftover, St. Paddy's Day meal that your family will love.

I’ve been making Shepherd’s Pie for years. Long before I ever had a food blog. I almost always used leftover mashed potatoes. I almost always have leftover mashed potatoes when I make them. I think it has something to do with the fact that my brain still hasn’t fully comprehended how much mashed potato one potato really makes.

This Irish Cheddar Shepherd's Pie is the perfect comfort food, tastes even better leftover, St. Paddy's Day meal that your family will love.

For this recipe, however, I made everything from scratch without leftovers so that I could tell you how to make it. I made the assumption that you don’t always have leftover mashed potatoes in your refrigerator, like I do. I Irish’d up this recipe too by using Guinness stout to deglaze the pan and Irish cheddar to mix in with and top the mashed potatoes so that you can make it for dinner on St. Patrick’s Day. Do I know if this is anything like a shepherd’s pie they serve in Ireland? Nope, I have no idea. But I can tell you this is how I make it and it was damn delicious.

This Irish Cheddar Shepherd's Pie is the perfect comfort food, tastes even better leftover, St. Paddy's Day meal that your family will love.

This recipe made enough to serve our family of four along with two good sized portions of leftovers, which were perfect for me to take to work because its one of those all-in-one meals. I can honestly tell you that this was the best shepherd’s pie I have ever made. I’m so glad I have this food blog, otherwise I would have never written down the recipe and would have always looked back on this day as the best shepherd’s pie ever, without any idea on how to recreate this masterpiece.

This Irish Cheddar Shepherd's Pie is the perfect comfort food, tastes even better leftover, St. Paddy's Day meal that your family will love.

I love to use frozen veggies in this meal for the simple reason that they’re easy to use. My most favorite veggies to use in shepherd’s pie, as well as in things like chicken pot pie, is the organic foursome from Trader Joe’s. It has exactly what I want in the exact proportions. Perfect.

This Irish Cheddar Shepherd's Pie is the perfect comfort food, tastes even better leftover, St. Paddy's Day meal that your family will love.

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This Irish Cheddar Shepherd's Pie is the perfect comfort food, tastes even better leftover, St. Paddy's Day meal that your family will love.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 small stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 ounces stout beer (I used Guinness)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 16 ounce package frozen veggies (I used Trader Joe's Organic Foursome with super sweet white corn, sweat peas, julienne sliced carrots, & green beans)
  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and chopped (I used half russet with skin removed, half baby Dutch yellow with skin on)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 6 ounces Irish cheddar, grated
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Save time by cooking the mashed potatoes while you cook the meat mixture (directions below).
  2. Using a very large heavy bottom skillet, brown ground beef with onion. After cooking for about 15 minutes, add celery and continue cooking until meat is crumbly. Add stout and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to deglaze. Add butter and allow to melt, then sprinkle with flour and stir. Allow the flour to cook for several minutes before adding beef broth.
  3. Add beef broth and stir mixture well. Add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and salt, stir well, and allow gravy to thicken while the mixture cooks, about 5 minutes. Add frozen vegetables and allow to cook until the entire mixture is nice and hot.
  4. To make the mashed potatoes, boil the potatoes in water over high heat until very soft and tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and mash well with butter, buttermilk, egg yolk, salt (to taste) and half of the shredded Irish cheddar.
  5. Add the mashed potatoes to the top of your beef mixture in an even layer. Top with remaining shredded cheddar.
  6. Broil on low for about 15 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

 

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Scottish Eggs

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Scottish Eggs are a delicious take on breakfast. Egg wrapped in sage breakfast sausage, then dipped in egg, and then fried? Yes please.

Scottish Eggs are a delicious take on breakfast. Egg wrapped in sage breakfast sausage, then dipped in egg, and then fried? Yes please.

So, I had never made these before. I was quite worried I would either under cook the egg to the point where I couldn’t peel it, under cook the sausage to the point where we got sick, or over cook the entire thing to the point where it was gross. Either I got lucky or these really weren’t as hard to make as I thought they were. Here’s a picture of my hard boiled egg. I was proud of it because I could actually peel it. Making a good hard boiled egg has been a life long battle of mine.

Scottish Eggs are a delicious take on breakfast. Egg wrapped in sage breakfast sausage, then dipped in egg, and then fried? Yes please.

I took the photo below to show you the size difference between a plain egg (not so beautifully peeled) and one that had been wrapped in sausage, then dipped in egg wash, then rolled in bread crumbs.

Scottish Eggs are a delicious take on breakfast. Egg wrapped in sage breakfast sausage, then dipped in egg, and then fried? Yes please.

I tried my best to under cook them so that the yolks would run, but this was the best I could do. Either way, these were fun and delicious and I think you should make them!

Scottish Eggs are a delicious take on breakfast. Egg wrapped in sage breakfast sausage, then dipped in egg, and then fried? Yes please.

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Yields: 8 eggs
Ingredients
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 pound sage breakfast sausage
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Start by boiling your 8 eggs for 4-6 minutes. Since you'll be cooking them again later, you want them cooked such that the whites are cooked but the yolks either aren't, or are just barely cooked. Once done, drain and immediately submerse in bowl of ice water to cool.
  2. If you didn't buy pre-made breakfast sausage, make up your own using this awesome sage breakfast sausage recipe. Set aside.
  3. Peel eggs. Divide sausage into 8 equal portions and flatten into thin discs about 5 inches in diameter.
  4. Heat oil in large pan over medium high heat. When oil is hot enough to cook a bit of flour nice and bubbly, you're ready.
  5. Roll each egg in the flour, then wrap the sausage around them to seal. Next dip it in the beaten egg, then roll in bread crumbs. Fry as many at the same time as you can fit in your pan while allowing enough space in between eggs. You may have to do this in two batches. Cook until browned on all sides, about 15-20 minutes total. Serve warm.

 

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Chocolate Guinness Float

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Make a grown up boozy dessert drink this St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy a delicious Chocolate Guinness Float, made with homemade ice cream & chocolate sauce.

Make a grown up boozy dessert drink this St. Patrick's Day and enjoy a delicious Chocolate Guinness Float, made with homemade ice cream & chocolate sauce.

Root beer floats are one of my favorite desserts. This is not a root beer float.

Make a grown up boozy dessert drink this St. Patrick's Day and enjoy a delicious Chocolate Guinness Float, made with homemade ice cream & chocolate sauce.

Root beer is sweet. Stout beer is not. But – if you combine that dark, bitter, bubbly beer with a creamy vanilla bean ice cream and homemade chocolate Guinness sauce? You create one wonderfully delicious dessert drink, of the adult variety.

Make a grown up boozy dessert drink this St. Patrick's Day and enjoy a delicious Chocolate Guinness Float, made with homemade ice cream & chocolate sauce.

I don’t know why, but Guinness and chocolate seem like they were just made to go together. Its my new favorite pairing. You know I’m not a fan of drinking beer, especially dark beers, but when you make it into a chocolately float?  Yeah baby. Now we’re talking.

Make a grown up boozy dessert drink this St. Patrick's Day and enjoy a delicious Chocolate Guinness Float, made with homemade ice cream & chocolate sauce.

Isn’t it pretty? And, since we’re going with a St. Patrick’s Day theme given that Guinness is my favorite Irish import, I even changed the color of my yellow straw to green in photoshop for the sake of a prettier picture. You like?

Make a grown up boozy dessert drink this St. Patrick's Day and enjoy a delicious Chocolate Guinness Float, made with homemade ice cream & chocolate sauce.

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Make a grown up boozy dessert drink this St. Patrick's Day and enjoy a delicious Chocolate Guinness Float, made with homemade ice cream & chocolate sauce.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 1 float
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Instructions
  1. You don't really need instructions, do you?
  2. Put however much ice cream your heart desires in a glass.
  3. Pour some ice cold stout beer on top.
  4. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.
  5. Enjoy.

 

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Bangers & Mash with Stout Onion Gravy

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This St. Patrick’s Day, serve up some delicious Bangers & Mash with Stout Onion Gravy for a quick and easy dinner the entire family will love.

This St. Patrick's Day, serve up some delicious Bangers & Mash with Stout Onion Gravy for a quick and easy dinner the entire family will love.

This was a fun recipe for me to make. I had never made bangers and mash before. Have I made sausage and mashed potatoes? Yes. Aren’t they they same thing?  Well, yes. So, that means you’ve made bangers and mash before then, right? Pst. Semantics. I’m deeming this my first time that I’ve made bangers and mash because I served it up with a stout onion gravy and Guinness was my stout beer of choice. BAM. Now its Irish.

This St. Patrick's Day, serve up some delicious Bangers & Mash with Stout Onion Gravy for a quick and easy dinner the entire family will love.

I took the photo above to show you just how boring this recipe is without the gravy. Boring to the eye and boring for the taste buds. Every good meal deserves a good sauce.  The stout onion gravy is what ties everything together. Its basically awesome. And, although my kids like to pick out the onions, they loved the flavor of the gravy. And yes, I serve my kids lots of food that’s made with alcohol. But only after its been cooked down to no longer be boozy.  The boozy stuff is only for mom and dad.  If you’re judging me right now, I’m guessing you don’t cook with beer or wine.

This St. Patrick's Day, serve up some delicious Bangers & Mash with Stout Onion Gravy for a quick and easy dinner the entire family will love.

Basically, this meal was YUM and I plan on making it many more times this year. St. Patrick’d day is just another excuse to serve it up for a quick and easy dinner.

This St. Patrick's Day, serve up some delicious Bangers & Mash with Stout Onion Gravy for a quick and easy dinner the entire family will love.

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This St. Patrick's Day, serve up some delicious Bangers & Mash with Stout Onion Gravy for a quick and easy dinner the entire family will love.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 3-4
Ingredients
bangers:
  • 1 pound sausage (I used bratwurst)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 ounces stout
mashed potatoes:
  • 3-4 russet potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
stout onion gravy
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium sized onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup stout (I used Guinness)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
sausages:
  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add sausages and stout. Cover with lid and crack just to allow enough steam to escape. Cook covered for about 10 minutes, turning half way through. After they've cooked for 10 minutes, remove lid and allow the liquid to reduce a bit and coat the sausages. When the liquid is almost gone, lower heat to medium low and continue cooking with the lid on, rotating occasionally, until evenly browned and cooked through, about another 10 minutes.
gravy:
  1. In a separate pot, heat butter over medium high heat. Add sliced onions and cook until slightly brown and fragrant, 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and allow to cook 2-3 minutes. Add stout and scrape bottom of pan to deglaze. Add beef broth and allow to simmer until no longer foamy, 10-15 minutes.
potatoes:
  1. In large pot cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Cook until soft. Drain and add butter and buttermilk. Mash to your preferred consistency.
  2. To serve, top potatoes with sausage(s) and top with as much gravy as your heart desires.

Serve up some delicious Bangers and Mash with Stout Onion Gravy for a quick and easy dinner the entire family will love, especially on St. Patrick's Day.
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Irish Coffee

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If you’ve never enjoyed an Irish Coffee, this delicious hot drink combines sweetened Irish whiskey and an Irish Cream whipped cream to standard coffee.

If you've never enjoyed an Irish Coffee, this delicious hot drink combines sweetened Irish whiskey and an Irish Cream whipped cream to standard coffee.

Now, don’t pretend you’ve enjoyed an Irish coffee because you add some Irish Cream coffee creamer to your morning coffee.  Totally different.  This is the kind of coffee that makes you say “oh yeaaaah” after each sip. I include a recipe at the bottom of the post to tell you how I made it, but as with all boozy drinks, the ratio of the ingredients is completely up to how you like it.  For example, when I’m making this for my husband, I may as well call this drink “Irish Whiskey with a splash of coffee” whereas I’m a big whiskey wimp so my drink could be called “sweetened coffee with a teeny splash of whisky to be able to call it Irish Coffee with lots of Irish Cream whipped cream on top” or something like that.

If you've never enjoyed an Irish Coffee, this delicious hot drink combines sweetened Irish whiskey and an Irish Cream whipped cream to standard coffee.

You start off by adding a little brown sugar. I have these super cute brown sugar cubes that I decided to use simply because they make me happy. I wish all sugar only came in the form of lump. In fact, if a restaurant gives  you lumps of sugar with your coffee instead of paper packets of sugar, I will guarantee that they serve good food as well.

If you've never enjoyed an Irish Coffee, this delicious hot drink combines sweetened Irish whiskey and an Irish Cream whipped cream to standard coffee.

Combine that hot strong coffee with your whisky and you’ve got one boozy start to your morning. Sure, you can put plain whipped cream on top, but after you’ve mixed in some Irish Cream, you’ll be wondering if you can ever go back to plain whipped cream again.  And if you put cool whip on your drink, please close your browser and don’t come back. I can’t have cool whip fans looking at my stuff.  I have to draw the line somewhere. So what are you waiting for?  Go make this!!!

If you've never enjoyed an Irish Coffee, this delicious hot drink combines sweetened Irish whiskey and an Irish Cream whipped cream to standard coffee.

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If you've never enjoyed an Irish Coffee, this delicious hot drink combines sweetened Irish whiskey and an Irish Cream whipped cream to standard coffee.
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces hot coffee
  • 2 ounces Irish Whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream, whipped
  • 1 teaspoon Bailey's Irish Cream
Instructions
  1. Mix coffee with whiskey and sugar. Mix Irish Cream with whipped cream and add it to the top of your coffee. Stir and enjoy.
  2. All amounts are subject to preference!

 

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Irish Cheddar Stout Bread

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You won’t believe how easy it is to make this wonderfully delicious, perfectly fluffy and moist, slice-able Irish Cheddar Stout Bread.

You won't believe how easy it is to make this wonderfully delicious, perfectly fluffy and moist, slice-able Irish Cheddar Stout Bread.

Oh beer bread, where have you been all of my life? How have I just now gotten to know how wonderful you are? Why do you have to be so easy to make and delicious?  Why must you tease me so, prompting me to make loaf after loaf because I just can’t get enough of you?

You won't believe how easy it is to make this wonderfully delicious, perfectly fluffy and moist, slice-able Irish Cheddar Stout Bread.

Have you ever made beer bread? If yes, why haven’t you told me about this wonderful creation already? Hmmm?  If not, let me tell you about it. Beer bread is basically the combination of beer and self rising flour. It yields a perfectly rising, perfectly spongy, perfectly flavored bread that is perfect for slicing. Because of the beer, you don’t need to mess around with yeast and warm water and kneading. This is quite possibly the easiest way to make bread.

You won't believe how easy it is to make this wonderfully delicious, perfectly fluffy and moist, slice-able Irish Cheddar Stout Bread.

I have lots of different kinds of flour in my house: all-purpose, cake, bread, even coconut (which I have yet to use), but I don’t have self-rising. Never fear. Self rising flour is basically flour with sugar, baking powder and salt (or something like that… I don’t really know for sure). Anyhoo, the original recipe I used as inspiration called for self rising flour so I did a little research on how to make my own. No idea if it was correct, but my bread turned out perfect so I can say with confidence that I was at least on the right track. And since St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, I went all out Irish style. I used Guinness stout for my beer, Kerrygold Irish Cheddar which has a sharp nutty taste, sort of like a really nicely aged gouda (i.e. heaven), and I even spent a few extra bucks and bought the Kerrygold Irish butter, which, in my opinion, is worth every penny.  Now take my advice and go make this bread!

You won't believe how easy it is to make this wonderfully delicious, perfectly fluffy and moist, slice-able Irish Cheddar Stout Bread.

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You won't believe how easy it is to make this wonderfully delicious, perfectly fluffy and moist, slice-able Irish Cheddar Stout Bread.
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Recipe type: bread
Yields: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded Irish cheddar (I used Kerrygold)
  • 12 ounces stout (I used Guinness)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (I used Kerrygold)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with parchment and/or grease with butter.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add shredded cheese and toss together so that each piece of cheese is coated with flour.
  3. Add the stout and stir just until fully mixed. Pour into prepared pan. Allow to rest (preferably in a warm room, but our house is rather cold) for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Cook in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Five minutes before removing from oven, rub the top of the bread with butter until its coated with a wonderful melted layer.
  5. Remove from oven as well as from pan and cool on cooling rack. Serve warm with more butter. To store, wrap tightly in plastic wrap.

 

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Guinness Chocolate Cake

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Guinness Chocolate Cake, cooked in a bundt pan and topped with blood orange frosting, is a rich and decadent dessert perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Guinness Chocolate Cake, cooked in a bundt pan and topped with blood orange frosting, is a rich and decadent dessert perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

This was the most moist, soft, decadent, and rich chocolate cake I have ever made. I had never cooked with Guinness before making this cake. Shame on me, I know! I didn’t understand why there were so many Guinness stout beer recipes out there. I have figured out why… it is liquid magic! It brings out the flavors of chocolate, it makes baked goods fluffy with a fantastic texture, it tenderizes meat, it give sauces the perfect bitterness to complete your dish. PERFECT.

Guinness Chocolate Cake, cooked in a bundt pan and topped with blood orange frosting, is a rich and decadent dessert perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

I decided to make this as a bundt cake and it ended up being the absolute perfect amount for the recipe. I buttered the pan heavily, but didn’t want to flour it because it was such a dark cake. I do have to tell you that I was in a bit of a rush when I took it out of the pan so a little bit of the cake stuck to the sides. Now, that’s not an issue in my house because I just reached in the pan and it gave me an excuse to eat those stranded pieces. But, if you want to keep your cake in tact for your guests, I recommend slowly pulling the cake away from the sides and maybe even using a knife for better separation.

Guinness Chocolate Cake, cooked in a bundt pan and topped with blood orange frosting, is a rich and decadent dessert perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

You can see one of those little missing chunks that I put back on in the photo below. I debated not saying anything about it, but I mess up on a regular basis and want you to learn from my mistakes. Otherwise, the cake came out super easy and tasted oh so good.

Guinness Chocolate Cake, cooked in a bundt pan and topped with blood orange frosting, is a rich and decadent dessert perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

The cake would have been wonderfully delicious on its own, but I had a bunch of leftover frosting from when I made my blood orange cupcakes. You see, I had intended to make a thick frosting that I could pipe onto the cupcake nice and tall, but again, I messed up.  I think all of these mistakes had to do with the phase of the moon or something. Anyway, to make a thicker frosting I should have cooked down the orange juice into a strongly flavored syrup. Instead, I put it in straight which made the blood orange frosting something in between a frosting and a glaze. Good thing I had this rich chocolate cake that was just begging for it!

Guinness Chocolate Cake, cooked in a bundt pan and topped with blood orange frosting, is a rich and decadent dessert perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

I cut myself a piece and refuse to tell you how fast it got eaten.

Guinness Chocolate Cake, cooked in a bundt pan and topped with blood orange frosting, is a rich and decadent dessert perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

Before you run out and get all your ingredients together to make this beauty, I just want you to take a moment to gaze at how wonderfully moist and spongy this cake it. Sooooo good!Guinness Chocolate Cake, cooked in a bundt pan and topped with blood orange frosting, is a rich and decadent dessert perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

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Guinness Chocolate Cake, cooked in a bundt pan and topped with blood orange frosting, is a rich and decadent dessert perfect for St. Patrick's Day.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Guinness Stout
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 2 cups flour (you can use cake or all-purpose)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heavily grease bundt pan.
  2. In a medium side pot, melt butter with Guinness over medium heat. Once melted, turn off heat and whisk in cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla bean. Allow to cool while you prepare the next steps.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add eggs and sour cream to your chocolate mixture.
  5. Add 1/3 of the chocolate liquid mixture to flour mixture and beat on high until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add remaining wet ingredients and beat on low until well combined. Scrape sides and beat until fully combined.
  6. Bake in preheated oven in prepared pan until a toothpick comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
  7. Invert onto a plate. You may need to use a knife to loosen the cake from the sides of the pan before you invert. Enjoy alone or top with blood orange frosting.

 

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Black Velvet

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Looking for a tasty and easy to make cocktail that is perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration? Try a smooth Black Velvet, made with stout & champagne.

Looking for a tasty and easy to make cocktail that is perfect for any St. Patrick's Day celebration? Try a smooth Black Velvet, made with stout & champagne.

I’m all about easy cocktails. Sure, I’ve had some tasty treats that were more like a complicated chemistry experiment to create, but the busy-me loves the pour-it-into-a-glass-and-enjoy kind of a cocktail.  I will tell you, though, that I’m not a huge beer fan, especially dark beers. I want to like them, but they are just too bitter for my liking. I love to cook with beer, but maybe someday when I grow up I’ll like drinking them. I do, however, love champagne. Before this drink, though, I had never opened a champagne bottle on my own. Perhaps my phobia has to do with the fact that I grew up in a little mountain community with an elevation of 6500 feet, but I am completely afraid of opening champagne bottles as well as those tubes of peel-and-pop biscuits. They scare the dickens out of me. I was so proud of myself when I overcame my fear and actually got this bottle open without hurting myself or having an anxiety attack.

Looking for a tasty and easy to make cocktail that is perfect for any St. Patrick's Day celebration? Try a smooth Black Velvet, made with stout & champagne.

I was also pleasantly surprised that I thought this drink was good. The champagne totally mellowed the bitterness of the beer. The entire drink was smooth and quite good. I served this one to my husband during dinner to accompany some bangers and mash and some Irish cheddar stout bread.  I suppose I’m getting in the mood a wee bit early for St. Patrick’s Day. Get it? A wee bit? You just have to picture me saying that like an Irishman. Man, I’m funny.

Looking for a tasty and easy to make cocktail that is perfect for any St. Patrick's Day celebration? Try a smooth Black Velvet, made with stout & champagne.

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Looking for a tasty and easy to make cocktail that is perfect for any St. Patrick's Day celebration? Try a smooth Black Velvet, made with stout & champagne.
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Recipe type: cocktail
Yields: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 5 ounces champagne
  • 5 ounces stout (I used Guinness)
Instructions
  1. Combine champagne and Guinness in a glass. Use a chilled glass if you can. Give it a stir and enjoy!

 

 

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Irish Soda Bread

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This classic and delicious Irish Soda Bread with currants is super easy to make and is a perfect addition to any St. Patrick’s day celebration.

This classic and delicious Irish Soda Bread with currants is super easy to make and is a perfect addition to any St. Patrick's day celebration.

Hello, friends. This is the first of many Irish recipes you’ll see on my blog in the coming weeks. One would assume that is because St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner. Well, yes, I admit that has inspried some of my menu planning, but the other factor is that we just finished binge watching a fantastic show on Netflix called The Fall that takes place in Northern Ireland. My dad was visiting last week when I made this soda bread and we had the most wonderful lazy time together while the kids were at school – I cooked and he started an ultra marathon of watching The Fall. It was awesome.

This classic and delicious Irish Soda Bread with currants is super easy to make and is a perfect addition to any St. Patrick's day celebration.

When I head down to Southern California to visit family, there are a few restaurants that I love to eat. There’s El Ranchito which serves the best Mexican food ever (I grew up on the stuff), Wahoo’s Fish Tacos (I have a slight addiction), and Muldoon’s Irish Pub. I know Muldoon’s has lots of great food, but the one thing that keeps me coming back is their Irish Soda Bread.  Well, I am very pleased to say that my dad said this soda bread was better than Muldoon’s!  I take that as a serious compliment because there’s is so good.

This classic and delicious Irish Soda Bread with currants is super easy to make and is a perfect addition to any St. Patrick's day celebration.

This stuff is super easy to make. I cooked up some Guinness ribeye steaks along with some buttermilk mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach and served up this wonderful bread alongside it. The kids loved it too!  If you’ve never cooked with currants, they’re similar to raisins.  I honestly don’t really know what they are. I think they might actually be raisins but aren’t called raisins because they come from a different kind of grape?  If you know, please leave me a comment and let me know! Anyway, my point is that I hate cooking with raisins (oatmeal raisin cookies – vomit), but currants, especially in this bread, are wonderful. And to make this bread even more perfect, I smothered it with Kerrygold grassfed Irish butter. Go big, or go home, right?

This classic and delicious Irish Soda Bread with currants is super easy to make and is a perfect addition to any St. Patrick's day celebration.

Irish Soda Bread
 
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This classic and delicious Irish Soda Bread with currants is super easy to make and is a perfect addition to any St. Patrick's day celebration.
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Recipe type: bread
Yields: 1 large loaf
Ingredients
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour + 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.
  3. In a measuring cup, combine buttermilk with egg. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  4. Measure out currants and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of flour on top. Shake the measuring cup to disperse the flour to evenly coat. Add the currants to the dough and fold in (I used my hands)
  5. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan, shape into a circle, and cut an X that's about a half inch deep into the top of the bread with a knife.
  6. Combine melted butter and buttermilk and brush over top of bread to coat. During the cooking process, continue to brush the top of the mixture every fifteen minutes or so until you've used all of it.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

 

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