¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
9 oranges, washed and dried
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup cornstarch
4 cups whole milk, divided
½ cup semisweet-chocolate chips
4 pretzel sticks, broken into halves
1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and salt. Zest 1 orange directly into the pan; reserve the orange for another use. Add the cocoa powder and cornstarch and whisk until combined. Still whisking, slowly add 1 cup milk. Whisk until it is smooth.
2. Microwave the remaining 3 cups milk until warm, about 2 minutes. Whisk into the cocoa mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Let boil for 2 minutes, still stirring. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Whisk until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding. Refrigerate until cold and firm, at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.
3. Meanwhile, cut ½ inch off the tops of the remaining eight oranges. Reserve the tops. Place 1 orange on a cutting board. Run a small knife around the edge of the orange, angling the tip of the blade toward the centre while rotating the fruit, to release the flesh from the rind without cutting through the bottom. Scoop out the flesh and save for another use. Repeat with the remaining oranges.
4. With a black permanent marker, draw faces onto the oranges. Using the tip of a sharp knife, cut out the stem centres from the tops. Insert a pretzel-stick half into each top.
5. Uncover the pudding and whisk until smooth. Divide among the orange cups. Place the tops back on the oranges.
January the 25th is celebrated as National Irish Coffee Day.
So I thought I’d treat papa to a homemade Irish Coffee when he got home.
As a whiskey drinker, he likes the odd Irish Coffee and how hard can it be to make ?
Well , it turns out I first needed to pop across the road to get cream. I stood in front of the dairy shelves wondering which cream was best. Thankfully it doesn’t matter as long as you have cream.
I also grabbed a flake as you can’t serve anything with out chocolate 😉
Of course I did taste a bit (ok half) of the chocolate.
Whipping the cream was the hardest part of this recipe.
You simply make a strong cup of coffee, add in some whiskey and top with cream.
This got me wondering as to the origin of Irish Coffee.
According to www.theblacklable.comthe original version was invented by Joe Cheriday, a head chef in County Limerick. He added whiskey to hot coffee to warm up a group of American travelers on a cold winter evening in the 1940s, andwhen asked if he was serving them Brazilian coffee, he told them that it was, in fact, “Irish coffee.”
On Friday night FunMammaS.A. was invited to the 2ndTableviewBrownietroops to give a lesson on Tablemanners .
The evening started with our young princesses making their own silvercrowns and paperwands.
After a brief introduction and a lesson on our tentablemanners, the girls answered a fun quizz to test their knowledge.
We then took turns learning to setthetable correctly and demonstrate the correct way to sitatadinnertable.
We moved on by demonstrating “howtomaketea“.
This is one of the Browniebadges and we chose 3 little volunteers to brew their own tea.
Next the girls tucked into their supper and got to put our tablemannerstothetest.
After dinner the girls were shown how to make their own marshmallowteacups for pudding. A quick demonstration at each table and our young chefs were proudly showing off their masterpieces.
After clearing up it was time for a fun fashionshow, as the girls showed off their princess outfits down the mock run way.
Before we knew it , it was dark and time to get ready for bed. A quick setting up of their sleepover beds and changing into their PJ’s and the girls were ready for our last princess surprise…. A pinthekissonthefroggame.
It was great fun and this tired mama headed home very impressed with the girls manners.
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