Saturday, March 17, 2012

Top o' the Mornin' To Ya!

You're in for a real treat today, ma' darlin's. I've got recipes for Irish Coffee--made with a recipe for dairy-free Bailey's Irish Cream, and some Blarney Scones. And they're all plant-based and planet friendly (read: vegan!). And they are freakin' fantastic. You're welcome.
Blarney Scones
Yields 6-8 medium-sized scones

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 teaspoons (vegan) sugar
1 teaspoon crushed salt
3 tablespoons Earth Balance, room temperature
1/2-3/4 cup Almond Milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil in the oven to warm.

Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt into a mixing bowl. Use your fingertips to work the Earth Balance into the dry ingredients until the Earth Balance is no longer clumpy.

Working the mixture as little as possible, add 1/2 cup Almond Milk and mix until it forms into a soft, sticky ball. Add more Almond Milk if needed to reach desired consistency.

Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Using a floured rolling pin, gently roll the dough to a 1-inch thick slab. From here, you may use a biscuit cutter to create circular biscuits or a pizza cutter or knife to create triangles (shown). Cut out your individual biscuits.

Remove baking tray from the oven and arrange the scones on it. Bake 8 minutes, turn over, and bake another 4 minutes until lightly golden.

Serve with melted Earth Balance and Agave Nectar, or top with vegan whipped cream.

If you have leftovers, reheat at 350 degrees F or until warmed through. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from here.

Vegan Irish Coffee

Ingredients:
1 ounce vegan Bailey's (below)
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 cup freshly brewed coffee
3 dollops homemade vegan whipped cream

Pour the Bailey's into a warmed mug. Add brown sugar (if desired). Slowly add the freshly brewed coffee while continuously mixing the liquid. All of the sugar should be dissolved. Add the whipped cream slowly--it will float just beneath the surface and it will be divine. You'll see. You can also mix it into the coffee for a smooth drink. Enjoy!

I always use this recipe for whipped cream. I am in love with Organic Authority for giving this to me. So easy and sooo delicious!
I discovered White Russian cocktails right before I went vegan and I was pretty bummed out to lose such a delicious drink. No longer! Here is a delightful and easy recipe for Vegan Bailey's Irish Cream.

Vegan Bailey's Irish Cream

Ingredients:

1 can of coconut milk
1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey

Scoop the thick white top of the coconut milk into a mixing bowl. Pour the remaining liquid into a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Add chocolate chips, stirring frequently until melted. Pour chocolate mixture into remaining coconut milk. Add vanilla extract and whiskey. Keep refrigerated in a dark bottle.

It's delicious in Irish Coffee or pour it over the rocks with a dash of Almond Milk for a smooth White Russian. Sooo good!

One more thing....
In Ireland it is said that kissing the Blarney Stone will bequeath one with the gift of eloquence. In order to do this, you must climb a high tower, lay on your back suspended over a staggering drop, lay backwards, and kiss the stone. Naturally, I was all over it. Of course, I tried to reach the furthest away from the center of the stone I could. Who knows what that stone's previous dalliances entailed.

It was worth it! If you're ever in Blarney, I say go for it. Then buy yourself a magnet that says "So stone me! I kissed it!".

Happy St. Patrick's Day, ma' hearts!

 Shannon

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