Gearing up to make Irish food? Look no further than renowned chef/author Clodagh McKenna. Her latest book, Clodagh’s Irish Kitchen, updates classic Irish dishes for the global palate. Basically, you won’t be boiling any beef (or if you do, it’ll be for a good reason). Break out the Baileys and whip up a batch of your favorite new ice cream.
In any Irish kitchen there is always a stale piece of soda bread left over in the bread bin, which is a great excuse to make soda-bread ice cream. Roasting the bread crumbs with the brown sugar creates little crunchy speckles throughout. The Baileys adds depth, with coffee and caramel flavor and a silky texture. You can leave this out if you prefer, but it really is delicious.
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons bread crumbs from Irish soda bread (the bread should be at least 1 day old)
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 5 large free-range egg yolks
- 1/3 cup Baileys Irish cream liqueur
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the bread crumbs and brown sugar in a bowl and mix well.
- Then sprinkle the sugared bread crumbs onto a baking sheet and spread out evenly.
- Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the bread crumbs are slightly darker and the sugar has melted. Stir occasionally while they are baking.
- Once the bread crumbs are baked, let cool.
- Meanwhile, pour the milk and cream into a saucepan, place over medium heat and stir in the white sugar.
- Using a small, sharp knife, slit the vanilla bean down its length and scoop out the tiny black seeds.
- Stir them into the milk-and-cream mixture.
- Reduce the heat and continue to stir until all the sugar has dissolved, then remove from the heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs yolks.
- Gradually add the warm milk-and-cream mixture, beating gently to combine.
- Transfer the mixture back to the pan and place over low heat.
- Cook, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens to the consistency of custard.
- Remove the custard from the heat and stir in the Baileys, along with the cooled sugared bread crumbs.
- Mix well.
- Pour the ice cream mixture into a freezerproof container, and freeze overnight before serving.
- Stir the ice cream two or three times to prevent it from freezing into a solid block. This will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.
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