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Friday, June 3, 2011

Whiskey *Hiccup!* -O-Cake

Pardon me!  ;-) 

In March, I felt inspired by the grand Irish men's holiday for the guy who drove the snakes out of Ireland.  As much as I love my nephew, Nick, the herpetologist in the family, snakes I do not like.  Probably one of the few things I have in common with my mother, the loathing of snakes. 

Okay, so back to the Irish Holiday, St. Patrick's Day.  I saw this recipe, where else?, on Sprinkle Bakes and wanted to try it for two reasons: one, I'd have to buy whiskey, and two, I liked the idea of a sugary-booze-infused-liquid-drenched-cake.  You will see from the recipe that it also uses two baking pan options: jam jars or bundt pan.  I've been making jam for about 10 years now, and I opted for the second baking pan method as I just couldn't and wouldn't sacrifice empty jam jars.  Plus, the clean up would have been a royal pain in the arss.  :-)

So, I have only purchased whiskey once in my life, as an adult.  I think it was Jack Daniels and I threw it away after carting it around after the third or fourth move.  I did own a very, very cheap bourbon, which I think you can substitute, but I was going to get whiskey to be true to the recipe.  I asked my resident "malted beverage expert," Nancy, which one to buy.  She gave me a few names.  I could only remember Jameson.  So, for the first time in a long, long time, I shopped the weekly store ads for booze.  Good timing, though, since almost everything Irish was on sale at most of the markets around. 

Now, I'm a proud owner of a decent whiskey!

Here's the recipe:
http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2011/03/whiskey-cake-in-jar-o.html

And, a lovely picture from Sprinkle Bakes with her very festive green pearls (my bundt version wasn't photographed, nor this spectacular looking).  Someday, I'm going to own some of those little, shiny, pearls...

It was a great cake, easy to make, came out of that pan like a dream, and provided me with ample breakfast fare from a solid week.  Nancy tried it too, and enjoyed it was well.  I'm sure she could pick out the exact form of whiskey, but I couldn't really tell. 

I highly recommend this for next year's Wearing of the Green Festival!

Erin go Braugh!  Ellen
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