Irish Cream Cupcakes

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Irish Cream Cupcakes
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    Servings Prep Time
    24 cupcakes 60 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    16-18 minutes 4+ hours
    Servings Prep Time
    24 cupcakes 60 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    16-18 minutes 4+ hours
    A single Irish Cream Cupcakes sits in focus in the foreground. It sits on a black cooling rack draped with a green and white checkered towel. The background is blurry.
    Irish Cream Cupcakes
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      24 cupcakes 60 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      16-18 minutes 4+ hours
      Servings Prep Time
      24 cupcakes 60 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      16-18 minutes 4+ hours
      Ingredients
      White Chocolate Ganache
      Chocolate Cupcakes
      Servings: cupcakes
      Instructions
      White Chocolate Ganache
      1. Heat cream and Irish cream in a small pot until just at a simmer.
      2. Add chopped white chocolate and butter to a medium size bowl. Pour hot cream over white chocolate and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface and chill until cold, about 4 hours or up to 24 hours in advance.
      3. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whip, whisk ganache until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Use immediately or chill until ready to use.
      Chocolate Cupcakes
      1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 24 muffin tins with paper liners.
      2. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment combine all ingredients EXCEPT the water and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine.
      3. Pour or scoop 1/4 cup of batter into prepared tins. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool enough to handle, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
      4. Frost with white chocolate ganache frosting.

      Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

      Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies
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        Servings Prep Time
        30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
        Servings Prep Time
        30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
        Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies
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          Servings Prep Time
          30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
          Servings Prep Time
          30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
          Ingredients
          Servings: Cookies
          Instructions
          1. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
          2. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or electric mixer beat butter until fluffy.
          3. Add granulated sugar and beat until incorporated. Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat on medium until egg is incorporated and the mixture is fluffy.
          4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and blend together until just incorporated.
          5. Divide dough in two, scooping out onto sheets of plastic wrap. Fold over plastic wrap to seal and press each into a 1" flat disk. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
          6. Heat heavy cream and pour over 8 ounces of chopped chocolate and 3 tsp corn syrup. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk together until smooth and glossy. Cover with plastic wrap directly on chocolate. Allow to sit and set at room temperature (see note), this will take several hours.
          7. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line baking trays with parchment.
          8. Remove dough from fridge and allow to rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Flour your work surface and roll out one disk at a time, dusting your work surface underneath and the top of the dough as you roll. Roll out to 1/8" thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place 1" apart on baking trays.
          9. Re-roll remaining dough, dusting with flour as needed. Repeat with the second disk of dough.
          10. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes, allowing to cool slightly on trays before removing to a cooling rack.
          11. Once completely cooled, spread or pipe 2-3 tsp of ganache onto the bottom of a cookie. Top with another cookie, bottom side down.
          12. Melt 2 ounces of chopped chocolate with 1 tsp corn syrup. Pour into a disposable piping bag cut with a very small hole or use a #4 round tip to drizzle chocolate over the cookie tops.
          13. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, in the fridge for 3-4 or the freezer for up to a month.
          Recipe Notes

          -Ganache takes several hours to cool to room temperature, make first if planning to bake and assemble cookies the same day.

          -Allowing ganache to set at room temperature allows it to be more spreadable and pipeable.  If you do chill it, allow it to come to room temperature and beat with 1-2 tbsp of heavy cream for about 30 seconds to soften it enough to pipe.

          -I re-rolled the dough 3 times with no ill effect to the final cookie.

          -Cookies are slightly crisp but soften when sandwiched together with the ganache.

          -The recipe yield will vary with the thickness of your dough, and cookie cutter used.  I yielded 30 sandwiched cookies using a 2" heart shape cutter.

          -The cookie wafers can be made in advance and frozen until ready to assemble.

          -If you happen to have any ganache left over, chill, roll into small balls and dust with cocoa for a homemade truffle!

          Spiced Rum Caramel


          Spiced Rum Caramel
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            Servings Prep Time
            1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
            Cook Time
            12 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
            Cook Time
            12 minutes
            Spiced Rum Caramel
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              Servings Prep Time
              1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
              Cook Time
              12 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              1 1/4 cups 10 minutes
              Cook Time
              12 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: cups
              Instructions
              1. Assemble all ingredients prior to cooking.
              2. Combine sugar and water in a medium-large saucepan (I used a 3 quart). Heat over medium-high until sugar is dissolved, gently swirling pan once or twice. DO NOT STIR. If any crystals form on the side of the pan, brush away with water and a pastry brush. Allow to cook at a boil until starting to turn an amber colour, about 10 minutes.
              3. Once the outer edge starts to turn colour you can gently swirl the pan a couple of times to evenly distribute, once again, do not stir. When it becomes a deep amber colour, remove from heat and whisk in heavy cream. The mixture will bubble vigorously. Once it has smoothed out, whisk in butter and salt. Stir in rum. Pour into a sealable jar and allow to cool completely prior to storing in the fridge.
              Recipe Notes

              -If in doubt about the colour, opt for slightly lighter.  Going to dark will result in a slightly bitter/burnt taste.

              -Makes about 1 1/4 cups and will keep in a sealed jar for up to a month in the fridge.

              Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding


              Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding
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                Servings
                10-12 people
                Cook Time Passive Time
                60 minutes 70-75 minutes
                Servings
                10-12 people
                Cook Time Passive Time
                60 minutes 70-75 minutes
                Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding
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                  Servings
                  10-12 people
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  60 minutes 70-75 minutes
                  Servings
                  10-12 people
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  60 minutes 70-75 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: people
                  Instructions
                  1. Preheat oven to 375℉ and butter a 13"x9"x2" casserole dish. Slice crust from bread and cut into 1" cubes to yield 10 cups loosely packed cubes. In a large bowl, toss bread with olive oil, thyme, garlic and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Spread evenly in a single layer on a large baking tray and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden, turning once or twice. Remove from oven and return bread cubes to same large bowl.
                  2. Heat butter in a large skillet until foamy. Add celery, onions, green pepper, and mushrooms. Sauté until softened and most of the moisture has been cooked out, about 15 minutes. While vegetables are cooking, whisk together eggs, cream, spinach, salt and pepper.
                  3. Pour egg mixture over toasted bread cubes, add sauteed vegetables, parsley and gouda, stir to combine well. Pour into prepared dish, spreading out evenly. Top with grated parmesan cheese, cover and chill for at least an hour (up to one day ahead) to allow bread to absorb the custard.
                  4. Preheat oven to 350℉. Bake uncovered for about 60 minutes until set and golden. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10-15 before serving.

                  Raspberry Swirl Cake


                  Raspberry Swirl Cake
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    12-16 people 20 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    50-60 minutes 3 hours
                    Servings Prep Time
                    12-16 people 20 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    50-60 minutes 3 hours
                    Raspberry Swirl Cake
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      12-16 people 20 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      50-60 minutes 3 hours
                      Servings Prep Time
                      12-16 people 20 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      50-60 minutes 3 hours
                      Ingredients
                      Raspberry Sauce
                      Cake
                      Mascarpone Whipped Cream
                      Servings: people
                      Instructions
                      Raspberry Sauce
                      1. Combine raspberries and sugar in a small sauce pan and heat on medium until berries have cooked down and mixture is bubbling, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Whisk together water and cornstarch. Add to berries, stirring until combined and mixture returns to a boil. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on solids to extract as much sauce as possible. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. Yields approximately 3/4 cup.
                      Cake
                      1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and position rack in centre of oven. Prepare a 9" x 2" or 9" x 3" cake pan by spraying with non stick spray and lining bottom with parchment paper.
                      2. In a small bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Beat sugar and oil together using a stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment or an electric hand mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking after each. Beat until light, about 1 minute. Add milk, vanilla and flour mixture. Whisk on medium/high until smooth, scraping bowl once, about 1 minute. With mixer running on low, slowly add water. Increase speed and mix until water is incorporated, scraping the bowl once.
                      3. Pour half the batter into prepared pan and drizzle with 3 tbsp of raspberry sauce. Pour on remaining batter and repeat with another 3 tbsp of raspberry sauce. Using a small knife pushed to the bottom of the pan, make several figure 8's in the batter to swirl the raspberry sauce. Do not swirl or stir in excess as it will muddle the batter. You will have some raspberry sauce remaining on the top of the cake.
                      4. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack and allow to cool completely prior to removing from pan. When cool, invert cake and remove parchment paper, turn back upright and top with mascarpone whipped cream. Serve with extra raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries.
                      Mascarpone Whipped Cream
                      1. Using a stand mixer fitted with a whip or electric hand held mixer, whip cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Add mascarpone and vanilla and continue to whip on high until combined and stiff peaks form.
                      Recipe Notes

                      Be sure to use a 9" x 2" or 9" x 3" pan.