Saturday, July 17, 2010

Handmade Christmas Challenge

It seems the more people I talk to about this little Handmade Christmas Challenge, the more ideas are generated and the more fun I have. So this week, I thought I'd share with you a little homemade recipe you can make as a Christmas gift that my friend Jay swears by. Jay comes with his own testimonial - "Its not only a crowd pleaser but it's so good it usually gets consumed on Christmas day as soon as its handed out and then it's a real hoot because everyone gets sloshed".

So my dear friends, here is the recipe for Baileys Irish Cream. Think about the beautiful gift wrapping possibilities - you could store them in old vintage bottles. You could make up labels like the above image using an illustration from an old Christmas card on top of a piece of doily cloth or jute with a nice little decoration to hang off the neck of the bottle. It keeps for two months and is oh so delicious. You could pass it off as a suped-up version of the traditional egg nog!

1 cup heavy cream
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk*
1 2/3 cups Irish whiskey
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

*I've been told the condensed milk can make it a bit too sickly sweet so you could halve the quantity if you like.

In a blender, combine heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, Irish whiskey, instant coffee, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Blend on high for 20 to 30 seconds. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. Shake well before serving.

What wonderful creations are you making for Christmas? Have you spied someone elses creation that would be perfect for a loved one? Perhaps you need some help with a few ideas. To join in, just leave a comment and simply add your link below.



BOB & MABEL said...

I'll definatly be making this to share with my Mother in law for Christmas.

Little Ted Canvas said...

Mmmm YUM! This sounds just like the one my mum makes at Christmas time. We missed out on it last year, I'll have to try it myself this time round...