Bailey Coffee Ice Cream with Chocolate and Candied Pecans

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This is probably my favorite ice cream to make. It isn’t easy to make, it’s time consuming. When I tell you it is well worth it I MEAN it. I saw a similar recipe and tweaked it the way I wanted it. I’ve made it a few times and am getting ready to make it again. It reminded me I need to share this frozen heaven with you in hopes that someone will find the time to make it and moan …omg this is insanely delicious. Thats what I always do 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of real salted butter chopped in small bits
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 teaspoons fresh ground fine coffee
  •   4 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, about 70% cacao shaved with a knife
  • 1/2 cup candied pecans chopped ( I have bought them and made them )

Directions:

  1. Add sugar to a three quart saucepan with enough water to just moisten sugar, about 1/4 cup. Place on high heat and bring to a boil. Let caramel form and darken, rotating pot if hot spots form. When caramel has turned dark amber and starts to smoke, turn off heat and stir in butter with a wooden spoon. Caramel will bubble, so watch for steam.
  2. When butter is fully integrated, add half-and-half in a steady stream and stir to combine. Caramel will bubble high and steam. When dairy is fully incorporated, add coffee grinds,  and 1 tablespoon Baileys. If caramel seizes up, stir it on low heat until it dissolves.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks well until lemony in color and thickened (they will fall off whisk in ribbons). Add a ladle of caramel mixture to yolks, whisking constantly. Repeat until bottom of bowl is warm to touch. Transfer yolk mixture to pot and whisk to combine.
  4. Return pot to low heat and let custard thicken, stirring frequently with wooden spoon. Custard is done when it coats the back of a spoon and a finger swiped across leaves a clean line. Remove from heat and stir in remaining Baileys. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate overnight, or at least 8 hours.
  5. Churn custard according to machine instructions. When ice cream is almost done, slowly sprinkle in chocolate shavings. Add pecans, roughly chopped, as well if you like (or save whole for garnish later). Transfer ice cream to airtight container and freeze for 2 to 3 hours, or until firm…… you wont regret it !!!

Zucchini Bread

   

There was a lot of rain so far this year and the zucchini’s grew much bigger than usual. I don’t usually eat zucchini but I will eat zucchini bread. It tastes like carrot cake to me and I love carrot cake. One big zucchini will make 2 loaves of bread… I know this because I just made some yesterday and it turned out awesome 😉

Ingredients: (this will make 2 loaves )

  • 3- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1- 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups of seeded, grated zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 500*
  2. In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients together
  3. In a separate bowl mix together all wet ingredients
  4. Slowly add wet ingredients into the dry
  5. After the mix is blended well fold in the cup of nuts
  6. Use cooking spray or grease 2 standard loaf pans
  7. Pour equal amounts into pans and bake for one hour.

It is optional but I always buy cream cheese icing and either drizzle over the top after its cooled (I do this by placing the icing in a small baggie and making a very tiny hole in a corner to squeeze it out of ) or I just smear it on like a cake … but that’s the sugar junkie in me 🙂 Some people even add a cup of chocolate chips for the kids……enjoy !!