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... :-)
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.
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.
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!!