Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stout Ice Cream with Irish Whiskey Caramel Sauce: Pure Guinness, er, Genius

And here we are. Wearin' the green on one of my favorite days of the year. St. Patrick's Day!

At our house, that means one thing:  wrangling up all the Leprechaun charms we can finagle and whipping up a wee bit o' magic in the kitchen.

The Irish do love a good stiff drink. So, why not toast to the luck ‘o the Irish on this St. Patrick’s Day with a glass of…ice cream?

Yeah, we've been futzing around with ice cream flavors again. And this time we've come up with something truly festive.  This amazing ice cream brings together the darkly wonderful toasted malt flavor of stout beer with a strikingly lovely caramel sauce.

The bitter notes of the beer are balanced nicely with a touch of sugar and the richness of cream, while the caramel sauce brilliantly marries caramel notes with the deliciously complex notes of Irish Whiskey and a wonderfully creamy texture that assists in balancing the bite of the ice cream.

It's a bit like an Irish Car Bomb in ice cream form.
As we speak, our corned beef for tonight's dinner is bubbling gaily in the slow cooker. And we're looking forward to a fine feast in celebration of all things Irish. Even if you won't be joining us for dinner, we'd encourage you to join us in spirit by whipping up a delicious batch of this stellar ice cream.

It's absolutely delicious.  Creamy and rich, with the perfect balance between bitter and sweet. Seriously good stuff...  and that's no Blarney.   We used a local brew - Tyranene Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - for the ice cream.  But, any delicious craft brewed oatmeal stout will do.  And use the best Irish whiskey you can get your hands on for the sauce.  You won't regret it.

Stout Ice Cream
Irish Whiskey Caramel Sauce

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  1. OH, my husband would be so happy if I made something Irish for him, instead of all the Mexican food I am making:) Maybe just the dessert would do it!
    This looks divine!!!!

  2. I could not WAIT to get home from school and read this! Irish car bombs are basically the ONLY alcoholic drink that I really truly to have it in caramel food...well that's just hot.

  3. I HAVE to try this... It sounds so different with both Irish beer and Irish whiskey in a sweet form, yum!

  4. My homemade stout ice cream was a big hit but it could only be made better with that sauce!

  5. Now that is a wonderful taste to celebrate St Patricks day! Looks soooo good!

  6. MMmmmmm, i'll have some of that please!

  7. Bet I could just drink that sauce plain. Boy, you guys go all out for St. Patrick's Day... You both are the best recipe developers I know!

  8. Great post and delicious recipe worth trying. Thank you for sharing. Nice photography.

  9. I sooooo NEED one of these in my life..... it looks absolutely brill..

  10. I made Guinness ice cream last year, it was so good! Need to be doing that again, methinks.

  11. Oh my. That would go over well here, but anything caramel does -- especially something with a kick! We actually had our traditional dinner the day after. Not much celebration there, but always tasty, right? Cheers!

  12. This delicious dessert is a bit like an Irish Car Bomb in ice cream form. The perfect end to your St. Patrick's Day feast!

  13. So pleasing to the eyes and definitely pleasing to taste. Love it!


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