Sunday, March 4, 2012

Irish Cream Pudding Parfait



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite... When Irish eyes are smiling...Our youngest grandson has a smile that lights a room and, at the ripe old age of two, has passed Blarney 101 with a proficiency that suggests he has an Irish soul. This year his treat on St. Patrick's Day will be lime Jello, but I thought it would be fun to post recipes for dishes I know he and our other grandsons will enjoy as they get older. So, I hope you're ready for a week of Irish treats, some of which are authentic and actually come from the old sod. The remainder are simply delicious and will be included because they reference Irish history or use an unmistakably Irish ingredient. I wanted to start with the most outrageous of the bunch. This parfait is expensive and fairly difficult to make. It also uses a lot of heavy cream that many of you will object to. All that being said, I think your time and money will be well-spent and those of you who try this in small portions will be really pleased. This is a keeper that is worth the occasional calorie splurge. The recipe I use came from News Canada and it is a simplified version of a dessert that was developed for Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur. Irish cream can easily be made at home and I've included a link below for those of you who would like to make your own. It is possible to replace some of the heavy cream used to make this parfait with light cream or half-and-half, but I don't recommend it. This was meant to be an extravagant once a year indulgence. There are other healthier treats coming later in the week for those of you find this dessert too rich. Here's how this pudding parfait is made.

Irish Cream Pudding Parfait...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of newscanada.com .

Ingredients:
Pudding
1-1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
3/4 cup Irish cream liqueur, divided
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
6 egg yolks
Pecan Crunch
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans
4 large oatmeal cookies, crumbled
1-1/3 cups toffee bits
Topping
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch cinnamon

Directions:
1) To make pudding: Combine 1 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup of liqueur, brown sugar and egg yolks in top of a double boiler. Place over a saucepan of simmering (not boiling) water; do not let bottom of bowl touch the water. Using an electric hand mixer, beat until mixture is thick enough to coat back of a wooden spoon, or until a thermometer registers 160 degrees F, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and continue to beat until cool; about 6 minutes. Mix in remaining liqueur. In a separate bowl, beat remaining whipping cream to form medium peaks. Fold into pudding mixture. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours and up to 2 days. Mixture will thicken as it chills.
2) To make pecan crunch: Combine pecans, oatmeal cookies and toffee bits in a bowl. Set aside.
3) To make topping: In a separate bowl, beat together whipping cream, vanilla and cinnamon to form medium peaks. Set aside.
4) To serve: Layer each of six dessert glasses with 1/4 cup of pudding and top each with 2 tablespoons of pecan crumble. Repeat layering once more. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and another 1 tablespoon of pecan crumble. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 hour before serving. Yield: 6 servings.









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44 comments:

Angela said...

Yum! This looks so delicious.

bellini said...

We look forward to kissing the Blarney Stone and delicious recipes all week Mary.

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

Sweet.... Both your grandson and the parfait! It looks heavenly.....:)

Hovkonditorn said...

This looks and sounds delicious!

Foodycat said...

That sounds absolutely gorgeous! And your grandson is a real cutie.

Tracy Wood said...

Oh! That pecan crunch sounds great! Wouldn't it be great on yogurt or ice cream too!

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

Looks simply irresistible!!!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This sounds amazing but I have never heard of toffee bits! I decided I would just settle for the Irish Cream but I cannot track down the link :( Diane

Becki's Whole Life said...

Your grandson is adorable - I'm sure he will love his Lime Jello:-).

Love this parfait and it would be a great way to use homemade Irish Cream which I haven't made in years. I love the crunchy layer in this too. I think the pecans would taste great against the irish cream flavor. Sounds yummy!

Gloria said...

Love your grand son is soooo cute!!!always find him cute (lol)
love this recipe Mary xxxxx

ImSoVintage said...

Your grandson is precious. This looks like an absolutely delicious dessert. I think it would definitely have to be for a rare treat :)

SallyBR said...

What an adorable boy!

I look forward to your collection of Irish recipes, and your pudding is indeed indulgent, but... life is too short, and every once in a while it is good to enjoy amazing concoctions!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Thanks Mary, got it. It was too obvious!!! I just thought that it was one of your recipes for 1,2 or 3 years back and I did not look properly. I just found a similar one with raw eggs in it but I think I prefer yours. Ta Diane

Odie Langley said...

OMG that Irish Moonshine caught my eye and it has my all time favorite Jameson in it so it has to be awesome. Thanks for all these wonderful recipes. Have a great Sunday.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, that smile lights up the room all the way down here... just from a photograph! I know he is such a (de)light to you, Mary!!

I do love a little decadence along life's road. This sounds like a wonderful St. Patty's treat! blessings ~ tanna

Jeannie said...

What a cute little boy! and that Irish Cream Pudding Parfait of yours looks super delicious and rich!

Kim said...

WOW! This is quite an indulgent dessert and it looks soooooooo good! Maybe I'll prepare this for St-Pattys!

Curious Reader said...

You name your source, sort of, but why not practice good blogging etiquette and LINK to the source instead of just back to your own site? It would be great to get back to the original to see THEIR take not just yours.

EliFla said...

MAry I'm sure I'm going to love this Irish week :D , have a blessed Sunday, hugs, Flavia

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I think you've just inspired me to step up from my traditional Irish Soda bread! This Parfait would make me smile!

Mary said...

Curious Reader:

The recipe in question is no longer available on-line or it would have been linked to.

Kristin said...

Thanks for swinging by my blog. This recipe instantly grabbed my attention. It both sounds and looks delicious! I need to check out your Irish Moonshine recipe too but I need to head out the door for work. I will have to look at your blog more when I get home. I am your newest follower.
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We Are Not Martha said...

Wow! These look absolutely incredible and like the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!! I totally want to try this :)

Sues

Chelsea said...

Your grandson is adorable! And this parfait sounds absolutely fantastic.

Ginny said...

Your grandson is just adorable!!! I am looking forward to the Irish recipes!!

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Sounds delicious! Perfect for St. Patricks Day. Hope you have a good day.
Pat

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds yummy good!

Have a super week.

melinda

A Paixão da Isa said...

wuau tudo esta super bom adorei bjs

Lenia said...

Your grandson is so cute!!!And the parfait mouthwatering!!!

From the Kitchen said...

While I usually prefer my Bailey's "straight", this looks like a delicious way to share some with others. I wouldn't mind sharing a bowl of green jello with your adorable little grandson. We could compete in the "blarney" category.

Best,
Bonnie

Rosita Vargas said...

Un farfait delicioso y bello me encanta,bello nieto,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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kitty said...

Your youngest grandson is adorable, Mary! The parfaits sound heavenly! Nothing is ever too rich or sweet for my palate!!

Joanne said...

I'm so excited to see what you make this week! I'm a big fan of bailey's...can't wait to try this!

Au and Target said...

Oh my goodness I can see my diet flying out of the window! Lovely puddings and lovely pics.

Chiara said...

That sounds absolutely irresistible Mary!have a good day....

Rumana Rawat said...

You have a nice space..excellent work!!! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipe's. Definately going to follow you :)

Regards
Spice Ur Senses
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Jenn said...

Your grandson is adorable!!!
The parfaits look and sound amazing.. I wish I had one right now, actually :)

Abby said...

Oh great idea! This is would be perfect for a dinner party.

Jenn Kendall said...

what a mouthwatering recipe! sounds like a great dessert to make on st patty's day!

Sarah @ Homestyle Cooking Around The World said...

Wow, this is some rich dessert. I love the combination of flavors! You have such an adorable grandson!

Mary said...

Tracy, I was unable to comment on your blog, so I thought I'd answer you here. The crumble is indeed delicious on yougurt or ice cream. It keeps for about 3 weeks in a cool, dry spot. Have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

The Harried Cook said...

This sounds like an awesome dessert, Mary! Love the beautiful layers and flavors! Thanks for sharing :)

My Little Space said...

Gosh, how could I miss this post! ha... Oh dear, I can't believe it is your youngest grandson. He grown so much. I bet he'll anything you made. Yes/no???
Kristy

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