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A Year of Slow Cooking

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How to Make Irish Cream Coffee in the Slow Cooker

We are given a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream every year for Christmas, and every year it sits and sits in the pantry until we re-gift it to whomever happens to spot it in the cupboard and says: ooh, Bailey's Irish Cream!
This year, it happened to be my friend Georgia, and since it was a rainy day and we weren't planning on going anywhere I decided we should treat ourselves to a bit of Irish Coffee.

In the slow cooker. 

Georgia's an awfully good sport... :-)

The Ingredients.
serves 4
3 cups strong black coffee
1/4 cup  Irish Cream Liqueur* (unless you're feistier than I am and want to add more!)
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
4 tablespoons sweetened whipped cream (the stuff in the can, or make your own)

* There are different accounts on the Web about whether or not Bailey's contains gluten. This is what their website's disclaimer reads:

I am allergic to Gluten/Egg/Lactose/Nuts - does Baileys contain Gluten/Egg/Lactose/Nuts?

We are not qualified to give medical advice. If you are a person with a serious food allergy, you should consult your doctor before consuming Baileys who can contact us for a more detailed list of component ingredients if required. The information below is intended as a guide only.


Please be advised that the whiskey used in Baileys is manufactured by fermenting grain which contains Gluten. Due to the presence of gluten in the whiskey components before distillation we cannot absolutely guarantee that there are no effects to coeliacs. As we are not qualified to give medical advice persons requiring a gluten free diet should consult their medical adviser before consuming Baileys.

Saint Brendan's IS gluten free. Their website says:

Q:Is Saint Brendan's Irish Cream Liqueur gluten-free?
A:Yes. Saint Brendan's Irish Cream Liqueur is gluten-free.

The Directions.

Use a 2-quart slow cooker for this one, or double everything for a 4-quart (might be a fun idea for bunco or scrapbooking night). Combine the coffee and Irish cream in your slow cooker. Stir in the whipping cream and cocoa powder. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, or until the liquid is as hot as you like your coffee to be. Serve in mugs with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.

The Verdict.

OH MY GRACIOUSNESS. I really liked this! The sweetened whipped cream is important---the coffee and the Irish Cream is too strong without a bit of sugar to cut it.

Now I want to play bunco!

Happy Day 20 of Crocktober!!

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Danny said...

I love your blog! And my wife is going to love this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Tampa BookWorm said...

Yum Yum Yum... can;t wait til it gets cold here so I can make this!

EG said...


OOH, Bailey's Irish Cream!

Anonymous said...

Should I be concerned about any gluten in the Bailey's? - Rebecca, Lancaster, CA

judysquiltsandthings said...

Three cheers for friends who are good sports! It also would be great at Christmas time along with hot mulled cider or a wassail bowl.

Trainer T.s Fitness said...

Great idea!

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Rebecca, EXCELLENT question. I'm so sorry for not providing this info initially. Since it's my 6 year old who has celiac, I sometimes forget about gluten content when feeding myself.

I have since updated the post. It looks like to be safe, it's best to stay away from Bailey's, but you can safely consume Saint Brendan's.


Rach said...

Oh my! This will be on the menu at the fall party I am having in a few weeks. Thanks for sharing :)

Sonja said...

Now we're talking. LOL. Love the Blog. I just happen to have some Bailey's handy!

Josh and Melinda said...

Wow, it's like they think you're going to try and copy their secret recipe if they give you the ingredients!
I am a huge fan of Bailey's and will definitely be making this for the holidays, most like more heavy-handed in the booze addition ;)

Chatabox Girl said...

I have actually just made a chocolate cake that has Bailey's Irish Cream in it. Its really yummy and uses up the Bailey's pretty well! :)

Queen Califia Studio said...

The cat's already out of the bag about a Bailey's recipe. I've made it in the past for Christmas gifts. Just Google liquer recipes and you'll be amazed what you get, including Bailey's. It is fairly simple and quick to make yourself if you are worried about gluten content.

blue said...

I'm so glad you're posting regularly again for a while, Stephanie. I missed you. Getting your blog updates in my email is like hearing from an old friend.

Queen Califia Studio said...

I forgot to mention that the information on gluten in distilled alcohol has been updated by most celiac organizations and the NIH. It has been determined that gluten is eliminated in grain alcohol due to the distillation process. It is possible that flavored alcohols could have gluten from the flavoring process. Beer and ale has gluten in it because it isn't distilled.

Here is a link to the information:

Hope this helps!

ChiTown Girl said...

This sounds yummy. I can't believe you can keep Bailey's around your house that long. :)

I just checked out your Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe from your archives, and that is DEFINITELY on my list of things to make this week. Thanks for helping me avoid the pricey SB version!

Lindsey said...

This is one of my favorites, and OMG it looks soooooo good! With the weather getting chilly here, I'm thinking it's time for a batch of this goodness : )

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Bailey's evaporates in my house. Seriously. I'm buying some this evening for a weekend camping trip/Halloween party. A girl has to have something to ward off that cold night air in the mountains, you know? ;-) This looks terrific, Steph--thanks!


Gina said...

I love the irish coffee in the afternoon chating with my friends and also te black coffee in the morning.

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