I don't have a recipe for you guys today, but I do have what I think is a pretty laughable experience. For those of you that know me you probably are already furrowing your eyebrows at the screen, as you are aware that I am the most clueless-about-alcohol college student you have ever met. For those of you who are a little less familiar with my overall demeanor, let me elaborate. The majority of my "wild" weekends at school consist of going to Olive Garden, eating unlimited soup and breadsticks with my equally "wild" boyfriend, and being in bed wearing a pink kitty-cat nightgown by 9pm. I know- crazy right? I'm basically a sheltered little ole' lady. My general philosophy towards the traditional college binge-drinking is why waste calories on alcohol when you could eat chips, guac, and queso instead? So not the type of person who you should ago to for boozy brownies, right?
However by request of my older brother and in celebration of his graduation from Texas A&M, I set out to make some Bailey's Brownies. I was provided with the Baliey's Irish Cream, and left to my own defenses.
Given the name, I assumed that Bailey's was mostly milk, and pouring some out into a measuring cup supported that theory with it's milky appearance. So, I proceeded to put a full cup of Bailey's into the brownies themselves, then swapped out the cup of cream in the chocolate ganache topping for another cup of Bailey's. That is a full cup of Bailey's in a 9inch by 9inch pan of brownies.
I did not see this as a problem, until my mom cut herself a piece, took a bite, and made the same face she always makes when my older brother forces her to taste whatever shot he's made for himself. These brownies were not just boozy, they were alcoholic. They were bad for your heart AND your liver. Screw jello shots- I had created a brownie shot.
I learned two things that day: one being that Bailey's Irish Cream is a very misleading name and it is not in fact composed of mostly milk, and the other being that I should leave boozy baked goods to those who are not me because I do not want to be held accountable for anyone's failing liver!
Happy baking (just not boozy baking)!