This week, as we near Saint Patrick’s Day, we thought we’d share a recipe that was stirred up by a travel memory of mine when I visited Ireland years ago. We call it, “Baileys Irish Cream, No-Churn Ice Cream”.
Baileys Irish Cream
I love Baileys Irish Cream. Sometimes, I get a ribbing from my friends for having it. Yes, it's not quite as manly as sitting down on an old leather lounge chair new the fire and having a good barrel-aged whiskey, but I find it just as satisfying.
Nigella Lawson's coffee ice cream
As a whole, we don’t make much in the way of dessert because neither Brenda or I have the acumen. Some years ago, we were watching a cooking show by Nigella Lawson on one of the food channels, and she made something so simple that we had to try it.
No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream
The dessert is referred to as, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream. There is no need for fancy ice-cream makers, and following the recipe is easier than one can imagine. All that is needed is a hand mixer, 4 ingredients, and some patience. The final product is as creamy and smooth as any ice cream out there. We were quite impressed with ourselves when we first made it, as will you about yourselves.
Baileys Irish Cream No-Churn Ice Cream
We didn’t stray too much from the original, other than making it special for Saint Patrick’s Day by using Bailey’s Irish Cream as the base flavor. Dish Our Town brings you, “Bailey’s Irish Cream, No Churn Ice Cream”. Here’s the recipe below, and the story that helped inspire it. I promise it's easier to make it than to say it.Print
Baileys Irish Cream Ice Cream
Easy Homemade No-Churn Ice Cream Recipe made with Baileys Irish Cream and only 4 ingredients.
- Prep Time: 10 mins.
- Cook Time: 6 hours
- Total Time: 6 hours 10 min
- Yield: 2 pints 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Irish
- 1¼ cups whipping cream
- ⅔ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
- 3 tablespoons of Baileys Irish Cream
- To facilitate the process, it's best that your mixing bowl and ingredients are cold.
- With an electric hand-held mixer, whisk your whipping cream in a bowl first, until it reaches soft peaks
- Then add in the other ingredients and continue whisking until thick again. It should look like a perfectly frothed cappuccino.
- Then fill two, 1-pint, or one-quart airtight container(s) and freeze for a minimum of 6 hours.
- Serve straight from the freezer.
- Remember that there is alcohol as a main ingredient, so it should be considered an adult dessert. There is no alternative to make it kid-freindy as it's the alcohol that helps give the final product it's creamy consistency. Otherwise, emitting the alcohol will cause the ingredients to crystalize.
- Serving Size: 2 pints
Keywords: Baileys Irish Cream Ice Cream, No-churn ice cream, homemade ice cream
Spice up your coffee
Using a bit of this ice cream in lieu of milk is a great way to spice up coffee. You can also just put a small scoop in a coffee cup and pour a shot of espresso on top for an affogato. You can also add more Bailey's as a topper on the ice-cream if you wish to have more of a punch.
County Tipperary in Ireland
I was in County Tipperary for a wedding and had just returned from a big rehearsal dinner party. The very local pub down the street from the hotel in which I stayed, was open just long enough for a nightcap. The structure was constructed of white stone, had a thatched roof and a statue of the Virgin Mother near the doorway. It was as old-world as it gets.
The establishment felt less like a pub and more like a converted living room, but in the most rustic sense. There were some locals sitting at their usual spots (there were all of about 3 wooden tables in the place) and were quite overwhelmed when the whole wedding party entered quite raucously.
Baileys Irish Cream
Feeling full, and not having had dessert after dinner, I ordered a “Baileys Irish Cream” in hopes to facilitate digestion. The bartender, middle-aged, wore a gray pilling sweater. He had a toughness about him as he scanned the room for any trouble, and transversely a warm smile to all of us who entered.
Is this for your lady friend?
He put a few cubes of ice in a tumbler and poured the beautiful, milky, liquid on top. In a heavy brogue, “What can I get fur yeh?”, the bartender asked. I had started sipping before he was able to finish his words; and he quickly followed his question with, “Jayzus, I’m sorry, didn’t realize that was for you, I thought you were oderin’ fur yer lady friend”.
I got a bit of badgering from the crowd as they overheard the exchange. “Don’t listen to dem”, he said, as he poured a little more Bailey’s into my glass. He continued to converse with me.
“Where you frohm?” , he asked. When I told him I came from New York City in America, he continued with, “Nah, son, where d’your people come from?”. When I told him the Philippines, he then pointed to the groom, “And he?”.
“Puerto Rican”, I replied.
He poured himself and Irish Cream
“I’ve never seen the likes of yous before!”, “What’re you all doin’ here in Thurles?”. I told him we were there for a wedding. “Christ, thanks, fer coming here tonight. I feel like I own an International place now”. He then bought a round of drinks for the party, and he poured me and himself an Irish Cream.
“Don’t tell anyone, but I like a wee bit myself at the end of the night”, he whispered. I told him I wouldn’t tell his wife, and we laughed our asses off.
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