The lovely Anna asked me to be a guest blogger on her nifty baking blog. Thanks a million Anna, I’m more than happy to oblige.
My first idea was to dedicate a few lines to one of my first loves in Ireland - the banoffee pie. But as luck would have it, Anna herself just posted a yummy banoffee recipe. Something else, which is also Irish and very yummy is a glass of Baileys. With plenty of ice in it. It's very easy to knock it together in your own kitchen, and it makes a nice little gift to bring along when you’re invited for dinner at a friend’s place. If the occasion calls for something a bit bigger, just put some other bits and pieces into a basket.
You can add a splash of baileys to your creamy cakes, pour a little into pastry cases, jazz up your cupcake frostings or shape lovely pralines with it.
All you need is:
400 ml condensed milk
200 ml Irish whiskey (a cheaper one will do just fine here)
200 ml cream
2 – 3 tbsp Amaretto syrup
2 tbsp Espresso powder
Just pour everything into your kitchen mixer, mix well and there you go – that's it, done J
Store it in the fridge and it will keep for 2 – 3 months, so you can sip on it for a long time.
There are plenty of cosy coffee places scattered all over Ireland.
Galway City, a colourful town in the west of Ireland, is definitely worth a visit. Access to the sea, musical and cultural highlights, The Aran Islands, famous Connemara and the Burren right around the corner – the town has got a lot going for it.
If you need to sit down for a well deserved break, here are some of my sweet (and savoury) favourites in the City of Tribes.
Goyas Café, Kirwan's Lane
Situated in a small lane surrounded by some charming shops. You must try their chocolate cake, it's simply divine. Once you have savoured your piece you can make your way down to the sea, it only takes 3 minutes from here. www.goyas.ie
Griffin’s Bakery, Shop Street
A family run business which has been going strong ever since 1876! There is a lovely
café upstairs while downstairs you can get your hands on everything you fancy from freshly baked (soda) bread to cakes and colourful pastries. www.griffinsbakery.com
Born Café, Eglington Street
Actually a clothes store, which surprises with a entchanting café with a view over the river Corrib. If you’re lucky to be there at the right time a year you can also keep an eye on the jumping salmon. Make sure to taste their apple crumble, it's scrumptious. Once you have filled your belly, you could fit in some more shopping. (Your man is well looked after in the café). Hop to the 3rd floor and have a browse around the homeware shop.
Revive, Eyre Street
Another cosy coffee place which tempts you to linger around for a while. I used to meet a lovely friend from work here, which always seemed to take a little longer. They offer a great tea selection with flavours to please everyone. If you're lucky enough to catch some rays, grab a seat outside.
The Bridge Mills Restaurant, Bridge Street Has got a fantastic old working mill in the dining area. Outside, the beautiful little terrace just above the river invites you to take a seat, mocha in on hand and book in the other. There is also a small language school in the building, where I worked for 2 years during my 6 years in Galway.
If you prefer, to stroll along the sea with a cup of coffee in your hand, call into Butlers, Shop Street, and try their delicious hot chocolate. To top it off, you can pick out a homemade praline to go with it.
I really wish I could hop along the streets of Galway right now but not to worry, the next visit will come for sure.
Until then, I'll put my feet up on the balcony with a glass of Baileys and Anna’s yummy banoffee pie and dream of it for a bit. Sláinte!