Monday, 4 May 2015

Baileys, Pistachio and Cranberry Fudge

As much as I love Gin there is another drink which battles for my affections. Baileys. There's always a bottle of it in my drinks cupboard. I can't understand those who keep it just for Christmas or special occasions. For me it's a year round pleasure although I do try to wean myself off it in January after overindulgence during the festive period. Its the perfect "one for the road" tipple at the end of the night and my liqueur of choice for after dinner drink - always over ice. I adore it in coffee and it's an essential for camping and at festivals. Ideal round the campfire and whilst the kids are busy toasting marshmallows make sure you dip yours in Baileys before you toast it. Sheer heaven on a stick.

Baileys, Pistachio and Cranberry Fudge Recipe

Baileys was founded in 1974 and is a unique blend of Irish Whiskey, fresh diary cream, vanilla and chocolate essences. It celebrated its 40th Birthday in November 2014. I bet that was some party. Whilst over 2,300 glasses of Baileys Original Irish Cream are consumed every minute of every day it also gets used a lot in baking. Every month there are almost 450k searches across GB, Germany and Italy and the most searched is Baileys Cheesecake. With that in mind here's my Baking with Baileys recipe for Baileys, Pistachio and Cranberry Fudge.

Baileys, Pistachio and Cranberry Fudge Recipe
Baileys, Pistachio and Cranberry Fudge Recipe

BAILEYS, PISTACHIO & CRANBERRY FUDGE

120ml evaporated milk
200g golden caster sugar
200g light soft brown sugar
170g salted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
75ml Baileys Irish Cream
200g icing sugar
75g Pistachio Nuts
755 Dried Cranberries

Put the evaporated milk, butter, golden castor and light brown sugars and salt into a heavy bottomed pan.
Turn on the heat and stir continuously until it melts, then increase the heat to reach boiling point.
Stir constantly until your sugar thermometer reaches between 230-240F (soft ball)
Take off heat to cool for a minute or two before stirring in the Baileys and the vanilla extract. Be warned - it will bubble up at this point.
Slowly sift in the icing sugar in portions into the pan stirring thoroughly each time.
Finally stir through the Pistachio Nuts and Cranberries.
Mix thoroughly then pour into a lined tin. Leave parchment over the side to make it easier to lift out. Leave in the fridge for an hour to set.
Cut into squares and enjoy (ideally with a cup of Baileys Coffee...)

Baileys, Pistachio and Cranberry Fudge Recipe
Baileys, Pistachio and Cranberry Fudge Recipe

This complete recipe contains 75ml of Baileys which equates to 1.35 units of alcohol. The NHS recommends that you do not regularly exceed 3-4 units for men and 2-3 units for women a day.

Baileys, Pistachio and Cranberry Fudge Recipe

For further Baileys baking inspiration take a look at the Baileys website for some Sweet Treats. Lots of my fellow Food Bloggers have also been busy in the kitchen with Baileys. Here are some of their creations.

The Crazy Kitchen - Baileys Chocolate Lasagne

#CookBlogShare
Casa Costello


Disclosure - This is a commissioned recipe for Baileys 

26 comments :

  1. Goodness, that does look good Claire, a perfect set too.

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    1. Its all down to the sugar thermometer. I wouldn't even attempt fudge making now without one due to a previous disaster!

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  2. Ooh that looks fantastic. My aunt makes a good Baileys fudge, but you might just have pipped her to the post on this one. Great top photo. Thanks for linking to my post.

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    1. The photo in question took a few attempts. The Baileys Fudge Jenga toppled over a couple of times.

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  3. I am bookmarking this for Christmas, as I think it will be fantastic for then.

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    1. Baileys is for life - not just for Christmas!

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  4. Oh yum. I love baileys fudge - this looks incredible. Thanks for linking to me xx

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    1. The pistachios and cranberries really take it to a whole new level and help cut through the sweetness. Your pie sounds and looks awesome.

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  5. Oh goodness me, that fudge looks incredible! Thanks so much for the mention - We've had worse jobs than working with Baileys hey? x

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    1. Its a tough job but someone's gotta do it! I'm really impressed at how different all the recipes are.

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  6. Wow, I always liked Baileys but this looks amazing!!! I know what I will be making very soon :)

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    1. Thank you! Let me now how you get on if you do make it. A thermometer is essential but its actually very simple to make.

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  7. Oh.my.god That looks so decadent - I'm going to try making this for my partner's birthday :)

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    1. Decadent is exactly the right word to describe it. Hope you enjoy it.

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  8. Just....wow. This looks delicious and I imagine so very moreish! I couldn't stop at one piece...

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    1. I gave it away to friends for exactly that reason. My waistline told me I had to share it!

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  9. I'm not a Baileys fan but this looks blinking lush!
    Two Hearts One Roof

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    1. Not a Bailey's fan?! Wash your mouth out with soap and water ;-)

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  10. oh wow, that looks amazing! I'm not really a lover of fudge but I think I can make an exception with all the fruit & nutty bits in (& of course the Baileys!). thanks also for the mention :)

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    1. The Pistachios and Cranberries take Fudge to a whole new level!

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  11. I could do with a packet of these right now. Have linked up to my post too.

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    1. Thanks Bintu. Love the look of your Baileys Doughnuts.

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  12. Claire, this looks so decadent. Thank you so much for representing Ireland. Your fudge is certainly a hit!

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    1. Think I might need to make another batch for Eurovision Song Content watching nibbles!

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  13. Great blog enjoyed reading it and greet photos as well keep up the good work :)

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    1. Thanks abi. I've been working hard on improving my photos so its nice to get positive feedback.

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