Product Type: Baileys Liqueur
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Baileys Irish Cream
Member Name: sandrabarber
Baileys Irish Cream
Date: 05/01/02, updated on 12/01/02 (625 review reads)
Advantages: Delicious, Versatile
First produced in 1974, it is now the world’s biggest seller of its type, and 1600 glasses of the stuff are consumed EVERY MINUTE worldwide!
So how does it taste?
The whiskey taste is actually quite subtle, though still distinctively there, and it blends beautifully with the cream to give a smooth but still punchy taste.
The over-riding sensation when drinking Baileys is its thickness, smoothness and creaminess. Not surprising when you consider that one half of a bottle of Baileys is fresh cream.
Not surprisingly, then, it’s pretty heavy on the calories, with a 37.5 ml serving (i.e. a typical pub measure) coming in at a whopping 117 cals and 15% fat.
But is it worth it!
Baileys is often drunk on its own or, as I prefer it, over ice. Being a liqueur it was originally intended as an after-dinner tipple but its deliciousness meant that it soon took off as a drink to be enjoyed at any time.
For me Baileys is the perfect nightcap. The creaminess and alcohol combined never fails to help me nod off after a stressful day. And its luxurious and warming qualities make it a wonderful welcome home in cold weather.
It is also delicious in a cup of coffee, turning an everyday drink into a real treat.
Baileys is often recommended as a cooking ingredient, and anyone who’s tried the Haagen Dazs version will know it doesn’t half liven up an ice cream.
Baileys has its own website, www.baileys.com, which offers loads of recipes you can try using Baileys in both sweet and savoury dishes.
A simple but delicious one from the site is Baileys Chocolate Walnut Cookies:
3 ounces butter
es semisweet chocolate
2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
12 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 dash baking powder
6 ounces chocolate chips
1 cup walnut halves, chopped
Preheat oven to 3500 F.
In a double boiler over medium heat (or, more simply, in a microwave in a dish on low), melt the butter, semisweet and unsweetened chocolate.
Whip the eggs, sugar and vanilla until fluffy, about 8 minutes. Add the somewhat cooled butter chocolate mixture, slowly, being sure not to cook the eggs and whip until incorporated.
In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Add to mixture and mix until incorporated.
Fold in chocolate chips and crushed walnuts.
Place scoops of dough onto a cookie sheet, place in preheated oven and bake about 12-15 minutes.
These cookies are very rich, very satisfying and would impress any guest. Highly recommended. And do enjoy a tipple while you’re preparing them to increase your baking pleasure even more!
Baileys Irish Cream costs around £12 for 750 cl. You can get several cheaper versions but they just don't have the consistency or creamy, creamy taste.
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