Bailey’s Ice Cream with Chocolate Shavings – Happy St. Patty’s Day!


This post is a bit late in making it for St. Patty’s Day, but after all, this is dessert, so it should be getting to you at about the right hour (if you are on the West Coast). I had a little post I had to do earlier in the day for the Sunshine Award (thanks again, Denise), so I am behind in all things (as usual).

I have to admit something…after making this ice cream, I am not sure I will ever want to eat another bite of ice cream out of a supermarket pre-packaged container again. I do not care who makes it or how much it costs…there is just no comparison to homemade ice cream! Besides, they don’t have the big boozy flavor that this one has! ;) How can you go wrong with Bailey’s Irish Cream and dark chocolate??? Besides, with a little green whipped cream, this one is soooo perfect to end your dinner of green beer (oh, yuck!) and Irish Stew for St. Patty’s Day!

Rich and decadent, this ice cream is a perfect St. Patty's Day treat!

As with most recipes for homemade ice cream, this one is simple. I always like to make the base for ice creams or sorbet a day ahead so it is well chilled. Other than that, piece of cake (no – ice cream!).

Anyway, I was going to just make the Bailey’s ice cream just straight up (ha ha), however, there was this bar of dark Valrhona chocolate just dying to get mixed up in that bucket of ice cream, so naturally, I had to comply!

We love the chocolate shavings combined with the boozy flavor of the Bailey's Irish Cream

Wow…it it so rich and creamy and chocolaty! And if that wasn’t enough…I topped it with a little sweetened whipped cream with just a hint of green. Even though there is something scary about eating/drinking things that are not meant to be green…I just had to do it! ;) You will not, however, be seeing that picture….

Hope you had a Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Bailey’s Ice Cream with Chocolate Shavings

Makes about 3 cups

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Bailey’s liqueur
1/2 cup sugar
3 lg. egg yolks, at room temperature
1 cup whole milk (why skimp now??)
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla (the really good stuff)
1/2 cup dark chocolate shavings (something semi-sweet) from a block of dark chocolate (I shaved the chocolate with a veggie peeler.)

Directions:

Bring the Bailey’s to a simmer in a small, heavy saucepan and continue to simmer over medium heat. Cook until the liqueur is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Mine took about 15 minutes. The liqueur will be thicker and slightly syrupy. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat the sugar into the egg yolks until thickened and pale yellow.

Bring the milk to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan. Slowly beat the hot milk into the eggs and the sugar. Pour the entire mixture back into the pan and place over low heat. Stir constantly with a whisk or a wooden spoon until the custard thickens slightly. (Be careful not to let it boil or you will have scrambled eggs on your hands (and not custard). I usually check to see if the mixture slightly coats the back of a spoon. If it does, you are done!).

Remove from the heat and pour the hot custard through a strainer into a large, clean bowl. Add heavy cream, vanilla and reduced Bailey’s Irish Cream. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Stir the chilled mixture and then place in your ice cream freezer and freeze (according to your own machine’s directions). When the ice cream is semi-frozen, toss in the chocolate shavings and freeze until firm.

This stuff will not become totally frozen due to the amount of Bailey’s, so I put it in the freezer overnight to help firm it up a bit.

7 Responses to “Bailey’s Ice Cream with Chocolate Shavings – Happy St. Patty’s Day!”

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    Jamie @ My Baking Addiction — March 17, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

    Yum! This looks and sounds great and will be perfect for warm weather!

    • bunkycooks replied: — March 17th, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

      Thank you for the comment. It is so good…I think I will have some right now! :) If I waited for warm weather, I may never get to eat it this year!

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    Devaki @ weavethousandflavors — March 17, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

    Dear Gwen – Yum! Yum! Yum! :)

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

    • bunkycooks replied: — March 20th, 2010 @ 10:00 am

      Thank you! I am now wearing it on my hips! :)

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    denise @ quickies on the dinner table — March 20, 2010 @ 4:10 am

    “Big boozy flavour”? Someone call me? ;) Oh man, Bunky, 1 1/2 cups Bailey’s?? Phwoah! You are a kitchen God!

    • bunkycooks replied: — March 20th, 2010 @ 10:01 am

      You are so funny! It is boozy, but the alcohol burns off when you reduce it, so that’s no fun! ;)

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    Liebelle — October 22, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

    DELISH!!!!!!!!!!! I had no problems getting mine to freeze, however, it does soften fair quickly when you take it out of the deep freezer. I drizzled melted chocolate on top before serving. Oh la la.

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