Thursday, 23 February 2017

Aldi Luxurious Irish Cream Liqueurs

I recently found out to my delight I have some Irish heritage so I was delighted to toast the up coming St. Patrick's Day, with Aldi's Luxurious Irish Cream Liqueurs .
I know we all like to have this at Christmas time but with such great prices to buy, why limit yourself to Christmas. Plus if you are a keen cook it is wonderful to use in all sorts of recipes . We got to try two totally yummy liqueurs ,

Ballycastle Irish Country Cream (£3.75 – 70cl)
On sale in stores nationwide now
Another luxurious, creamy delight from Aldi, the Ballycastle Irish Country Cream can be enjoyed in a cool glass over ice or even served over a scoop of Gianni’s Soft Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream (£1.19 – 2L tub) for a dessert with a difference.

It is such a yummy drink so smooth and with a wonderful taste very creamy. I had not used it to cook with before so as my husband is a very keen cook he thought he would try it out. We used the recipe below as he thought it would be great for a dinner party dessert. Boy was he right! It was the most delightful thing I have had in ages. I think you would be mad not to try .

Ballycastle and Dark Chocolate Mousse
Luxuriously indulgent chocolate desserts. Perfect for dinner parties.

Serves: 2 people
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

100g Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa
1 Large Egg
25g Caster Sugar
30ml Irish Cream Liqueur
30ml Double Cream
Sprigs of mint to serve

Break up the chocolate and put in a ovenproof dish, put the dish over a pan of boiling water and melt the chocolate - allow to cool slightly.
Meanwhile separate the yolk from the egg white - put the yolk in a small bowl with the Ballycastle and the cream - whisk well.
Put the egg white in a separate bowl, whisk till the egg white is softly peaked, slowly whisk in the caster sugar till it becomes glossy and thick.
Add the previously prepared egg yolk and Ballycastle mixture to the melted chocolate.
Then fold the egg white mixture in, a spoonful at a time.
Spoon the mixture into two small glasses and refrigerate - decorate with some fresh mint as you serve.
This is his version which I think looks pretty good. He also added a poached pear and a lemon ice.

Specially Selected Irish Cream Liqueur (£6.99 – 70cl)
On sale in stores nationwide from 9th March, whilst stocks last              
This Specially Selected Irish Country Cream has a fantastic blend of fresh Irish cream with the finest distilled Irish whiskey for the perfect after dinner sweet treat. Add to a hot chocolate and top with whipped cream for an extra dose of decadence.

Another winner and really great over a little ice . I am already thinking of drinks for the summer and once again for cooking. Hubby got to try number two recipe .

Irish Cream Banana Special
This elegant and luxurious dessert choice is guaranteed to wow your dinner guests.

1 small banana
300ml Irish cream liqueur
100ml white rum
100ml semi-skimmed milk
2 tbsp fudge sauce (see below)
4 balls premium vanilla ice cream
Cocoa powder

For the fudge sauce
115g unsalted butter
275ml double cream
140g brown sugar
Dash lemon juice
Place 1 small banana into a liquidiser.
Add 300ml Irish cream liqueur, 100ml white rum, 100ml milk, 2 tbsp fudge sauce (see recipe below), and then blitz really well.
Finally place 4 small balls of premium vanilla ice cream into 4 frosted tumblers.
Pour over the cocktail and serve, dusted with cocoa powder.

For the fudge sauce
Make the sauce by placing the butter, sugar, and cream together into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
Whisk well until you have a thick fudgy sauce.
Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice.

For me this was my fave. I loved the sticky fudgy sauce it was yummy. The only mistake we made was not letting the sauce cool a little more as we melted our ice cream a bit lol. I really did not care as it was so full of flavour. I had no idea that cream liqueurs could be so versatile.
This is our version and I can tell you I enjoyed every bit ! We also used our Aldi Food Possessor to make it!

So both will be on sale in sores nationwide from the 9th March, while stocks last. So run over to your local aldi store and stock up while you can and don't limit yourself to Christmas . You can find our lots of recipes at the Aldi web site

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product

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