Thursday, September 13, 2007

McIntyre's Bourbon Balls

I cede the blog today to my friend, colleague and fellow native Kentuckian, John McIntyre. John provided me with the "Kentucky Drinking Game" I included in a recent post. His You Don't Say blog offers some of the wittiest, most informative commentary on the English language that you'll find anywhere.

John shared with me, and now with you, a classic Kentucky recipe and story.


Marian Early McIntyre, who died Nov. 2, 2001, in Elizaville, Kentucky, at age 84, had just laid in supplies for her holiday bourbon balls, a potent confection of sugar, chocolate and whiskey. They are not for sissies.

Like all family recipes, hers is sparse with details, and the technique of dipping the fondant in chocolate may take some practice. She made bourbon balls in the winter, insisting that warm weather was unsuitable. Though the recipe does not say so, her practice was to top the bourbon balls with pecans. You may want to do the same. If all else fails, drink the unused bourbon.

2 lbs. confectioner's sugar
1 stick butter (or margarine)
2/3 cup bourbon

Cream butter and sugar. Add bourbon; mix alternately with sugar.
Store in refrigerator until ready to dip.
Chocolate for dipping:
1 8 oz. block Baker's Chocolate (semi-sweet), melted with 1 in. square paraffin.

- John Early McIntyre

Thanks, John!

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