Blarney Stones – A little late… March 22, 2010
It is March, and therefore, it is time for Blarney Stones. Let me warn you, they are not for the faint of heart or those on a diet. They are comprised of butter, sugar, butter, sugar, and peanuts – salted ones. Basically, a Blarney Stone is a piece of sponge cake wrapped in butter and sugar (did I already say that?) and then rolled in salted peanuts (they must be salted). I am not sure why these are served at St. Patrick’s Day and called Blarney Stones. My guess would be that they are made to resemble stones which is representative of The Blarney Stone in Ireland. The process of making the stone is time-consuming and often times I just make a Blarney Stone cake. Let’s get started:
1 C Sugar
1 C Boiling Water
2 C Flour
3 t Baking Powder
1 t Vanilla
For frosting – butter and powdered sugar
Will also need ground salted peanuts
- Separate eggs
- Stiffly beat egg whites in a separate bowl
- Cream sugar and egg yolks
- Add boiling water to sugar and egg yolk mixture and mix well
- Sift flour & baking powder 3 times (I don’t do that….)
- Add flour and baking powder to first mixture (egg yolks, sugar and water)
- Add vanilla
- Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites
- Bake at 350 degrees in a greased sheet-cake pan for 18 mins
- Cool and cut into squares and place squares in the freezer.
Cream together: 3/4 lbs butter & 3/4 lbs powder sugar
Note: To make it easier to frost the squares, freeze them before you begin.
Frost individual squares of cake then roll in salted peanuts.
I store these in the freezer and eat right out of the freezer. They need to be stored in the refrigerator if you do not put them in the freezer.
According to Wikipedia, the Blarney Stone is in Ireland in the Blarney Castle. The ledgend is that if you lean upside down and kiss the stone, you will have the gift of gab. If I ever go to the Blarney Castle in Ireland I doubt I would kiss a stone that more than 500,000 people have kissed….I would make someone else (whose name starts with R) do it….