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  • Baileys Chocolate Mousse with Whiskey Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream

Baileys Chocolate Mousse with Whiskey Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream

Posted on March 9, 2017
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This post was originally published here on March 6, 2015. I’ve since updated the photos and text to better showcase how deliciously decadent these little desserts really are!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. And even though I’m not Irish, I like to celebrate this very special day in the best way that I know how. By using an ungodly amount of Irish cream, Irish whiskey and/or stout beer in my kitchen.

Go big or go home. Right?

I sure do hope that you’re on board with this plan. Because today I want to talk about this supremely decadent Baileys Chocolate Mousse with Whiskey Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream. I’m feeling all the feels over these babies. And I have an inkling that you’re going to love them, too!

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So let me just mention right away that these little triple-layer desserts are no-bake. Yes. It’s true. Absolutely no ovens are required to make these babies. Which is pretty darn awesome. And kind of a safety requirement, too. Because we probably shouldn’t operate our ovens while using (= drinking) all of the above alcohols. It’s just common sense.

The base for these desserts is an adaptation on this blender chocolate mousse recipe from Food52 that I’ve been making for a couple of years now. All you have to do is toss the ingredients into your blender and whiz everything together into creamy, dreamy oblivion. Seriously, it couldn’t be any easier. The addition of the Irish cream just takes it even more over the top.

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The mousse takes a couple of hours to set up. But during that time you can get to work preparing the homemade caramel sauce and whipped cream. Both of which contain a little splash of Irish whiskey. A very good idea, if I do say so myself.

So even though I’m not Irish, I certainly feel like it when I’m eating this Baileys Chocolate Mousse with Whiskey Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream. And I think that’s a pretty good compromise.

Do you want more boozy St. Patrick’s Day themed desserts? Then check out my Guinness Popsicles with Irish Cream Soaked Brownies!

Cheers,

Liz

Baileys Chocolate Mousse with Whiskey Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream

Serves 4

Baileys Chocolate Mousse with Whiskey Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream

Ingredients

  • For the Baileys Chocolate Mousse
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
  • 4 tsp. sugar
  • 2 egg whites

  • For the Whiskey Caramel Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons room temperature butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
  • Sea salt

  • For the Whiskey Whipped Cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (granulated or powdered will both work)
  • 1 tablespoon Irish whiskey

Instructions

  1. Make the mousse. Add the chopped chocolate and vanilla extract to your blender. Bring the water to a boil. Add the Baileys and sugar to the hot water, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Pour this hot liquid mixture over the chocolate in your blender and let it sit for about 30-60 seconds, partially melting the chocolate. Cover and blend on high for 30 seconds. Add the egg whites and blend again on high for about 60 seconds. Divide the mousse into four small serving containers, making sure the containers are big enough that there is room at the top for the caramel sauce and the whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate until the mousse set up, at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  2. While the mousse is setting, make the caramel sauce. Spread the sugar in the bottom of a heavy-bottom saucepan. Pour the water over the sugar and swirl the pan gently to moisten the sugar evenly with the water. Heat over medium-high heat. Allow the mixture to cook without stirring. It will bubble quite vigorously. If it’s not cooking evenly, you can gently swirl the pan, but avoid stirring if possible. After 5-8 minutes, the mixture will turn a deep caramel color. Once it gets to this stage, quickly but carefully remove it from the heat. Whisk in the cubed butter. Then gradually whisk in the heavy whipping cream and whiskey until smooth. Stir in the sea salt, starting with just a pinch, adding in more as necessary to suit your taste preferences. Once the sauce has cooled slightly, it can be transferred to a small container and stored in your refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
  3. Make the whipped cream. Place the bowl of your mixer and the whisk attachment in your freezer for about 5 minutes to chill. Remove them from the freezer, immediately add the heavy whipping cream and start whisking on high. Once the cream starts to thicken, add the sugar. Continue whisking until soft peaks form. Add the whiskey and whisk until combined. Whipped cream is best when it's used immediately, but it can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple hours if necessary.
  4. Finish assembling the desserts. Spread about 1-2 tablespoons of the whiskey caramel sauce (if the sauce has been refrigerated, you can microwave it briefly to soften it) on top of the set mousse. If you don't use all the caramel sauce, you can refrigerate it and save it for another use. Then divide the whipped cream evenly over top of the caramel sauce layer. Serve and enjoy!
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  • Spicy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

Spicy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

Posted on March 2, 2017
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This post was originally published here on October 24, 2014. I’ve since updated the photos and text. Enjoy!

I’m sneaking in one last cozy soup recipe before it’s officially Spring!

We experienced some weirdly warm weather here in New England last week. It was sunny and nearly 70 degrees for two days in a row. It felt so freaking good to be able to go outside without having to wear 358 pieces of clothing. And almost all of the snow melted away from my backyard and roof (which was extra awesome because my ceiling has been leaking – yikes!).

But the little blip of Spring that we had didn’t last long. And now we’re back to normal March temperatures. So soup it is.

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This Spicy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup is what I like to think of as one of those transition recipes. It’s got plenty of hearty ingredients to fill you right up, like leafy kale and a mix of both sweet potatoes and white potatoes. But it’s also not overly heavy. In fact, the base of this soup is very brothy (can the word “broth” be used as an adverb?), so it almost feels kind of light. It will warm you right up, without weighing you down.

This recipe is perfectly suited for a weeknight meal. It’s all made in just a single pot. And you can have it ready in 30 minutes. Feel free to use either chicken or pork sausage in this recipe. But whatever you do, definitely go for a spicy version of the sausage. I’ve made this soup in the past with sweet Italian sausage, and it just wasn’t the same. You need that little extra little kick from the spicy sausage!

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I’m sharing the recipe for this Spicy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup as part of our monthly #30MinuteThursday series. Which I’m guessing is pretty self explanatory based on the name, but just in case it’s not, it’s a day when myself and a group of some of my blogging friends get together to share quick and easy dinner recipes that can all be made in 30 minutes or less. Just scroll down below and you’ll find the links for all the other recipes this month. Check ’em out and be inspired. Because hangry isn’t a good look on anybody. Trust me. I would know.

Cheers,

Liz

Recipe adapted from The Candid Appetite

Spicy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

Serves 6-8

Spicy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 lb spicy sausage (pork or chicken)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, divided
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 large bunch curly kale (about 4 cups), stemmed and chopped
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 large russet potato, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat a large heavy-bottom pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage (if it's still in the casing, remove and discard the casing) and cook until it’s no longer pink, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon and breaking it up into smaller pieces as it cooks. Remove the sausage from the pot and place it on a paper-towel lined plate to drain.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and warm the olive oil in the same pot. Then add the chopped onion and cook until it's slightly softened, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently while scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen up any browned bits. Add the garlic, salt, black pepper, 1/4 tsp. of the red pepper flakes and the nutmeg and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the kale and let it cook down for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken broth and the sweet potato slices. Increase the heat to bring the soup up to a simmer. After 3-4 minutes stir in the russet potato slices and the cooked sausage. Simmer the soup, uncovered, for about 10 minutes more, or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  4. Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the heavy cream and parsley.
  5. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a pinch of red pepper flakes, if desired.
  6. Once cooled, the leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 2-3 days.
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