March 17, 2007
Okay, if I was Irish, I should be dressed green, out quaffing some Guinness at a pub today... or something like that. Apparently I'm not Irish and am staying at home, not touching a pint, nor even wearing green (sorry Leprechaun), yet here's a little something to celebrate March 17... edible shamrocks.
The smaller bright green one is Green Tea Shortbread, giving this little treat a Japanese twist. The larger shamrock, although the green is rather subtle, has more authentic Irish flavors: it's what I call Irish Mint Cheesecake.
Irish Mint being the cockatail of the same name, made of Bailey's, creme de menthe, and milk; I used this combination in my all-time favorite cheesecake base (the one which actually doesn't use any cheese, but instead creme fraiche; I have made this countless times, but couldn't find a blog entry except this).
So the cheesecake is basically a mixture of Bailey's, mint, cream and white chocolate - yum! And by the way, I made the shortbread using superfine rice flour specifically made for pastry making. I know I don't have to make my cookies glut-free for them to be a St. Paddy's Day treat, but well, I just wanted to try the flour now I am back in Japan - in fact I have been using a lot of rice/rice products in making desserts these days, such as rice pudding and dumplings with kumquats in syrup (if you have wondered what those sunny-side ups are, they are the one!).
Well yes, I have been back in the homeland, returning from what turned out to be a five-month expedition, by the way... phew! Thanks a lot for all the friends who made my days and nights all so spectacular and invaluable, and those who helped me from back home. I haven't been able to catch up in my social and blogging life, but it should slowly come.
Once again, thank you ever so much everyone, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
posted by chika at: 3/17/2007 11:27:00 PM