Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Brownie Trifles

Thursday, January 26, 2017

This week we welcome guest blogger, Christina Lane. Christina is the founder of the popular blog DessertForTwo.com. Her food writing and photography have been featured on popular websites including The Kitchn, Tasty Kitchen, Babble, Fine Cooking, Serious Eats, and the Huffington Post. A Texan by birth, Lane’s desserts are a unique blend of Southern, Californian and Midwestern influences. She bakes and eats dessert daily.

I did a thing. I made a small batch of brownies, a small pot of pudding laced with Irish cream, and layered it all together. I did a whipped cream and chocolate shaving thing on top, too. I did it all before 8am, and decided I deserved a little Irish cream in my coffee. On a Thursday. (Almost Friday, right?)

I have zero regrets.

As you guys know, I've got a deep love for Kerrygold products. I started blogging in 2010 and that same year, we started working together. The past 7 years have been so wonderfully buttery and cheesy.

And then, Kerrygold did a thing. They started making Irish Cream Liqueur with their grass-fed dairy and real chocolate! It was like I didn't know my life could get any better, and then IT DID.

Start with my small-batch brownies made in a loaf pan:

Chop the brownie into cubes (resist the urge to use a heart-shaped cutter...it's hard, I know).

Make a lil' pot of vanilla pudding, but leave out the vanilla--Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur is going to bring all the flavor we need.

Layer the brownie cubes and pudding in two small dishes. Let them sit in the fridge for a few hours (up to overnight), and then whip some cream before serving. A little dollop of whipped cream (and chocolate shavings) bring so much to the party.

And the good news is, with the rest of the bottle of Irish Cream Liqueur, you can have a brunch party this weekend!

Irish Cream Brownie Trifles (1)

Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Brownie Trifles
Ingredients:

For the brownies:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

 

For the Irish Cream pudding:
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup whole milk
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur 
1 tablespoon Kerrygold Unsalted Butter

 

For the rest:
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
chocolate shavings

 

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325, and line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.

2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, sugar and cocoa powder.

3. Microwave for 30 seconds on HIGH.

4. Stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds on HIGH.

5. Stir the mixture very well, and then add the salt and vanilla. Stir for 1 minute to cool the mixture.

6. Next, add in the egg, and stir until its incorporated.

7. Finally, add the flour, and stir for 50 strokes!

8. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

9. Bake for 23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with fudge crumbs clinging to it. The surface of the brownies is shiny when done and starting to crack.

10. Let cool completely in the pan, and then lift out using the parchment paper.

11. Chop into 1/2" cubes when cool. Set aside.

12. Next, make the pudding: whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and salt in the bottom of a 2-quart saucepan. Slowly add the milk and egg yolk while whisking.

13. Turn the heat on the pan, and bring it up to a gentle simmer, while constantly whisking. Be sure to scrape the edges of the pan frequently to prevent lumps. Whisking vigorously will break up any lumps.

14. Remove the pudding from the heat when it thickens (and coats the back of a spoon), and stir in the Irish Cream Liqueur and butter. Stir until melted.

15. In two small dishes, layer the brownie cubes with the pudding. You should get 3 layers (I only did two for photography purposes--more is always better!)

16. Cover the trifles and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

17. Before serving, whip the heavy cream and powdered sugar together in a bowl with a hand mixer on HIGH until soft peaks form.

18. Dollop each trifle with whipped cream, sprinkle with chocolate shavings and serve.