Updated on 2/15/17
I've been having a love affair lately. No, you don't need to tell my husband! It's with beer and don't worry, it's in healthy and moderate amounts. I am still a wine lover, but I'm really enjoying the depth and complexity of beer. Plus, there are some cool stores in my Brooklyn neighborhood that let you buy a 6-pack with an assortment of varieties, so I get to try a bunch of new things. And a bottle of beer is much less of an investment than a bottle of wine.
Anyway...let's get to the good stuff. Not only can you sip beer, you can cook and bake with it too. Here's a delicious recipe from Eating in Color that is perfect for these crisp fall days. Don't worry about serving it to your kids, nearly all of the alcohol will be gone after the baking process and with only 1/2 cup in the whole recipe, there's very little per serving.
As far as which stout to use, I really like Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout, as well as Southern Tier Brewing Company's 2X Stout. You can bake this in a traditional loaf pan or use a muffin tin.
STOUT BREAD WITH CHOCOLATE
Makes one (5x9-inch loaf) or 10 muffins; 10 servings
1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (62g) whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds
1/2 cup (100g) dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (125ml) stout
1/2 cup (125g) whole milk vanilla yogurt
1 large egg, whisked
1/4 cup coconut oil, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup (54g) semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
cooking spray, for the pan
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
2. Combine the flours, salt, baking soda, flax, sugar, and
cinnamon in a large bowl. Combine the stout, yogurt, egg,
butter, and vanilla in another bowl. Make a well in the
center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients.
Combine well with a spatula.
3. Spray a 9-by-5-inch (23-by-12.75-cm) loaf pan with
cooking spray, then pour in the bread mixture. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 40 seconds; stir and microwave for another 20-30 seconds until fully melted. Drizzle the chocolate over the bread and using a butter knife, create a swirled pattern on top.
4. Bake for 40 minutes, until the top of the loaf feels dry and a sharp knife
inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool for 10 to
15 minutes in the pan, then remove the loaf from the pan