Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Irish Cream Brownies with Chocolate Irish Cream Ganache


This is one of my favorite recipes with Bailey's Irish Cream.  Now,  there are lots of recipes that have mint flavoring or green food coloring, but  something with Bailey's Irish Cream, which isn't green, but it's sure Irish, is so good. With a last name of Higgins, the recipe couldn't be anything less.  Bailey's Irish Cream is my favorite liqueur, especially with coffee.  We even named our dog, Bailey, because she is the color of Irish cream, true story.


This recipe has a rich, fudgy brownie topped with a layer of Irish Cream Butter Cream and topped with a Chocolate Irish Cream Ganache. These brownies taste heavenly! You are going to think that you have a pot' gold and will have the "Luck of the Irish, when you take your first bite. My husband doesn't even know that I made these babies, or he would want to eat them all.  I hid them in the freezer, Sshh, Dont' tell him.


I used my go to brownie recipe baked in an 8x8 pan.  Then I made Vanilla Butter Cream, substituting Bailey's Irish Cream for the milk in the Butter Cream for the Irish Cream Layer. Finally,  the ganache recipe used the heated Bailey's to melt the chocolate, and then was carefully spread over the Irish cream layer. Pure delight! Chocolate and Irish Cream in three layers.


Irish Cream Brownies with Chocolate Irish Cream Ganache Inspired by Fannie May Mint Brownies
Fudge Brownies Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Ingredients:
1/2 c butter
2 squares, (2 oz) unsweetened chocolate
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp .vanilla
3/4 c. AP Flour

Directions:
Fudge Brownies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line an 8x8x2 pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, edges overlapping. If using foil, spray the opposite side of the foil Melt butter and chocolate.  Remove from heat and stir in sugar.  Add eggs, and vanilla.  Beat lightly until just combined.  Stir in flour and mix well. Spread batter in pan.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.  Do not over bake. Cool on rack.  Leave brownies in pan.

Irish Cream Layer
11/2 c powdered sugar
6 tbsp butter
1/4-1/3 c Bailey’s Irish Cream, or other brand

Beat butter with and electric mixer, until light and fluffy.  Gradually beat in powdered sugar, adding Irish cream until desired consistency.  The butter cream should be in a spreadable, thick layer. Spread Irish Butter Cream over the cooled Brownie. Refrigerate at least 45 minutes, until firm. Leave in prepared pan.


Chocolate Ganache
6 oz. dark or semisweet baking chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips
3/4 c Irish Cream or heavy cream

Place chocolate in medium bowl, Heat Irish cream until simmering. Do not boil. Pour over chocolate in bowl. Stir chocolate until chocolate is evenly melted. Allow to cool and thicken.  Pour over refrigerated brownie with Irish Cream layer and spread out over the top of the Butter Cream layer.  Refrigerate at least one hour until ganache is set.

 When ready to serve, remove the pan from the fridge, wait about 15 minutes for the ganache to soften slightly and cut the bars with a   knife dipped in warm water, and dried. Cut into squares and serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers. if there are any.

I also linked up this recipe to Katherine Martinelli's St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop


I linked up my recipe to Brandie@The Country Cook's Weekend Potluck #58
 Stop by and say Hi to Brandie! 


 

10 comments:

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    1. these brownies are rich and chocolaty, full of Irish Cream flavor!

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  2. Becky, these brownies are pure joy! BIC is my favorite liqueur too and I enjoy it just as you do in coffee. By all accounts, it looks as though you are set for St. Patrick's Day. May you & yours have a happy one.

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    1. Brooks,
      I have the brownies, but now comes the corned beef and soda bread! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and your family.

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  3. Since our stash of Thin Mints is gone, I'm thinking Hubby would love these brownies as a replacement. They look amazing.

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    1. Christiane,
      thin Mints or bailey's would be an ahrd choice for me, but Bailey's would win. These brownies have so much flavor.

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  4. These brownies look utterly brilliant my friend :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  5. I really want to be Irish now, lol. I love your little Irish Cream Bailey, he is so adorable. I added your recipe to my little post today if you don't mind. Have a good one Becky.
    Hugs,
    -Gina-

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    1. Gina,
      All of the St. Patrick's Day dishes and green food that you have made made recently, makes you honorary Irish:) Gina, you know that I don't mind, if you added my recipe to your blog. I am honored:)

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