March 19, 2012 by bri
If you’ve ever talked to me for more than a few minutes about beer-infused desserts, you’ve probably heard me complain about the ever-popular chocolate stout cake idea. Let’s face it, you’ve probably heard me complain about it more than once.
And now you’re shocked that I’m devoting a whole post to it.
I am, too.
I’ve been disappointed with this kind of dessert. It always seems like the cake needs more beer and less chocolate. Chocolate and stout together isn’t really a bad idea. These are flavors that want to be together. They taste good together. I just think the dessert needs to be done in the right way. A dessert that’s deserving of the beer you put into it.
Category Cakes | Tags: , bourbon, cake, chocolate, chocolate stout cake, coffee, deschutes obsidian stout, frosting, market spice tea, porter, stout | 10 Comments
February 29, 2012 by bri
Some time ago, my friend and fellow baking-badass Briana suggested that beer jelly would be a great project for my blog and I agreed. We eventually got together and brought this idea to fruition.
Raspberry lambic seemed like a great starting point for what I’m sure will be the first of many beer jelly adventures. We chose a sweet wine jelly recipe and replaced all of the wine with Lindeman’s Framboise Lambic (a beer that is sweet enough to remind me of sweet wine, tart and funky enough to have its own personality). Orange zest added some pizzaz.
Briana’s husband, Lindsey, and their super cute baby, Tristan, teamed up to help us out. In one of the photos in this post, you’ll notice Tristan assisting by stirring the boiling jam (behind his parents’ back, of course – they would never permit him to use the stove at his young age).
Category Jams and Jellies | Tags: , apples, belgian beer, glaze, jelly, lambic, lindemans framboise, orange zest, pate sucree, vegan | 6 Comments
February 18, 2012 by bri
As citrus season winds down around here, I’m reminded that it usually signifies the beginning of spring. Cherry blossoms are starting to bud outside my window, the evenings are starting to get longer, and soon the little hop shoots will show themselves on my back porch. This year I plan to dig up my hop plants and separate a few of the rhizomes so I can grow multiple bunches of bines.
I say all this as a whopping winter storm is hitting the Washington coast, so perhaps my hop gardening will have to wait until spring actually starts to show her face around here.
This entry is the second in a two-part series. It’s a delicious tart made with 3 types of oranges and one of my favorite beers: Epic Ales Solar Trans Amplifier. This builds on my last post, utilizing the marmalade I made with the same beer. On top of that, my dear friend Mark of Leggoman Productions has made an incredible video for me. His theme as of late has been monsters, so this video aptly features a hop monster that chows down on my cake.
Category Tarts and Pies | Tags: , belgian beer, belgian wit, brown butter, epic ales, oranges, pate sucree, solar trans amplifier, tart | 3 Comments