a reply to: Gordi The Drummer
Well, I tried out your recipe last night:
3 mars bars, cut into pieces and placed in a pyrex bowl, ready for melting in the microwave oven:
After the bars are melted, I then gave them a good stir:
Note: I found the "low" setting on my microwave was too low, so I used its "defrost" setting. 4 to 5 mins should be ok. Just make sure your mars bars
are fully melted and even "bubbling" a little. You need the mixture hot, so it doesn't cool down too fast while adding the cream and whiskey.
Then I slowly added the cream, stirring it in each time before adding more:
Note: I used the tub of cream straight from the fridge. This was not
ideal as it cooled down the mars bar mix too fast and I got some clumps of
the bars forming. I think if you let the cream reach room temperature first you'll get a better result. It'll also be sweeter.
Finally I added half a bottle of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey. Again, add it slowly and mix it well.
Note: I had to do this pic after I'd actually finished pouring. Try holding half a bottle of whiskey in one hand while stirring a bowl, while
holding a camera. I wouldn't want to risk it, as something is bound to fall.
The finished mixture:
Let it cool a little then transfer to the fridge, still in the bowl. Once cooled properly, carefully pour into a suitable bottle:
Verdict: it looks and tastes very close to the real thing. I had a friend over last night to help with taste-testing and he agreed. However we both
felt it was a little too strong on the whisky and not quite as sweet as the real thing, so I added a little more cream -- only about 30 cc. That
helped. There's also the fact that we lost about 1/2 a mars bar due to some of the mix going hard when I added the cream. So, if you make sure your
mars bars are properly bubbling and you use room-temp. cream, you should get a much better result than I did.
I just tested it again today. (Make sure to shake the bottle first, so it's all well mixed!) Letting it sit overnight in the fridge certainly improves
the flavour. It knocks some of the sharpness off the whiskey and the creaminess is more apparent. I would guess that very few non-expert people could
tell that it was home-made.
Overall? It's fun and easy to make, and here at least, it also works out cheaper than the real Bailey's. So, I'd recommend it.
edit on 15/11/18 by JustMike because: I cleaned up the text a bit.