Happy Saint Patrick's Day! My husband loves Irish Potatoes (the sweet confection, not the starchy staple), and I thought it might be a fun and easy recipe to do with my almost 3 year old. There are no raw ingredients and therefore no scary bacteria to worry about, and I figured that forming them would be a little like working with Play-Doh. I found a recipe on allrecipes.com and we gave it a try.
1/4 cup softened butter
8oz softened cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
The mixing part was easy -- combine the softened butter and softened cream cheese with a hand mixer. Then add the vanilla and sugar mixing between cups, and then mix in the coconut. The recipe then said to roll it into balls and then roll them in the cinnamon, chilling afterwards to set.
This proved impossible, as right after mixing the whole thing was, literally, a hot mess and just gooped all over our hands instead of balling up. These ingredients are the exact same as those for cake icing, at about the same ratio, so I dont know why I was surprised at the consistency.
We stuck the mixture in the fridge for an hour and that helped a little, but my son still thought it was too sticky. He tried molding a few, but they came out looking pretty nasty and he soon gave up.
I soldiered on and found that you could toss a hunk of the mixture into a small cinnamon filled bowl, swirl it around quickly and the centripetal force (or is it centrifugal?! I never did very well in Physics) would form it into a ball and coat it in the cinnamon. Two birds, one stone. Here's the before and after.
The homemade ones soon get sloppy again, though, so keep them in the fridge. I thought about adding more sugar to stiffen the mixture, but they are really sweet as is, and so decided against it.
Enjoy your Saint Patrick's Day! And sorry for the long duration between posts, I am now getting paid to write about food and that is taking precedence. Check it out my new column, Worth the Whisk, where I reveiw local restaurants on http://www.uppermoreland.patch.com/.