A recipe for those of you who have ever said to yourself, "Self, I'd like an Irish Coffee but I'd like to be able to eat it".
Some things are so good they come in various forms. You know, like banana cream pies, where you can can either buy or make the pie, get banana cream pie-flavored ice cream, or jelly beans, or pudding, or ... well, you get the point. Well, how about Irish Coffee. Some just can't get enough of the aperitif/digestif. And if you're one of them, then you're probably interested in how you can have your Irish Coffee as a dessert.
While perusing the Internet for Irish Coffee recipes for non-drinkers (non-alcoholic), this writer came upon a recipe for Irish Coffee Dessert. It's such a simple recipe, that it has to be shared.
Irish Coffee Dessert
1/4 cup cold Water
1 (1/4 oz.) envelope unflavored Gelatin
1 Tsp. instant Coffee
1 1/2 tsp unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 1/3 cup Milk
1/3 cup Milk (separate)
1/3 cup Light Brown Sugar
2 Tsp Irish Whiskey
2/3 cup Whipping Cream
Pour water in small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water. Let stand 1 minute, then stir over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved (takes about 3 minutes). Stir in instant coffee and cocoa powder until also dissolved.
In blender, mix milk, brown sugar, and whiskey. While motor is running, pour in gelatin mixture and process until frothy.
Pour into dessert dishes or Irish coffee glasses. Chill 2 hours until set.
Makes 4 servings.
Of course, the enterprising individual will immediately see the possibilities here for making an Irish Coffee version of the jello shooter. (Don't pretend you didn't think of it as well. And if you hadn't thought of it until you read it, well, then... you're welcome.)
March 17 is St. Patrick's Day, so make yourself a batch of Irish Coffee Dessert gelatin. Just remember: You can enjoy this treat any day of the year, not just for the annual holiday. Bon appetit.
(photo credit: deramaenrama, Creative Commons)