Category Archives: Dessert

Irish Whiskey Crème Brûlée {Chef CollaBREWation #1}

I have the most exciting news for you, my beer and food loving friend!

Over the next few months, my good friend and mentor Chef Dan Higgins and I will be collaBREWating on some absolutely amazing recipes. Basically, he’ll teach, we’ll cook, and I’ll write and pair beers with Dan’s amazing dishes. This ridiculously good Irish Whiskey crème brûlée is the official beginning of the series and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

You might remember Dan from the mind blowing beer and food pairing dinner we did last year. It was seriously one of the best meals of my life. Though in all seriousness this Irish Whiskey Crème Brûlée may win most delicious dessert.

I mean, just look at that amazingness. Continue reading Irish Whiskey Crème Brûlée {Chef CollaBREWation #1}

Spent Grain Brown Butter Banana Bread

So much alliteration and deliciousness. You’re going to die. In a good way.

Spent Grain Brown Butter Banana Bread

Ever since we brewed our RyePA a few weeks ago, my friend Sarah and I have been on kind of a spent grain recipe bender. This is a good thing, because as it turns out, when you brew a 15 gallon batch of beer you have a LOT of grain leftover. Continue reading Spent Grain Brown Butter Banana Bread

Individual Strawberry Rhubarb (Cardamom) Crumbles

Wandering around my most favorite local market always gives me so much inspiration (and NO it is not Trader Joe’s, but good guess).

Individual Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

This time, I discovered some absolutely gorgeous rhubarb at Daisy Mae’s at Findlay Market. It was just too pretty to put down. I mean, seriously?

Rhubarb

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Apple Galette with Vanilla Bourbon Caramel Sauce (otherwise known as crazy easy recipe using frozen puff pastry)

I have seen so many puff pastry Pinterest “pins” that I just had to get in on the action. PLUS OMG THEY SELL IT FROZEN AT TJ’s! Whew, sorry. I’m a little excited.

The hubs loves him a fruit dessert, so I thought I’d throw him a bone and use our abundance of honey crisp apples in this one. Continue reading Apple Galette with Vanilla Bourbon Caramel Sauce (otherwise known as crazy easy recipe using frozen puff pastry)

Dark Chocolate Vanilla Porter BACON Cupcakes

Please forgive me for this.

These are dark chocolate, vanilla porter, BACON cupcakes (adapted from a recipe of someone who knows a lot more about baking than I – thanks Delly).

I’m really not much of a baker. My need to improvise/tinker just doesn’t correlate with meticulous measurement and actual recipe following. Plus I am WAY too impatient to properly measure most of the time. But, I did follow this recipe to the T, just subbed out a few key ingredients, with what else? Beer.

I just kept thinking to myself, if bacon and chocolate are a good pair, why not beer too? A nice smoky vanilla porter?? Um, yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

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