Fondling a frosty mug or two full of cold, crisp beer is one of the best ways to spend an evening…savoring a delicious dessert after a good meal is just as blissful. Just think of the edible ecstasy created when these two vices are combined! Follow these great tips to use beer in your favorite recipes or try one of the chef-inspired favorites below!
First and foremost, when chosen correctly, a great beer can enhance the taste of a decadent dessert. Note that the mass-produced beer you chugged in college is not going do a dessert any justice. However, the well-crafted microbrews — and there are plenty to choose from — will pair best with a sweet treat and be the best choice to use as an actual ingredient for an ale-centric dessert recipe.
Choosing the right beer is truly a matter of tasting and testing. The array of microbrew flavors gives you a nearly endless opportunity to combine dessert and drink. Chocolate stout, oatmeal stout and pumpkin ale are as dessert-like as beverages — imagine them added to your favorite chocolate cake, oatmeal cookie or pumpkin pie recipes. Yum! And don't forget the fruity or honey ales — they add depth to a standard fruit pie. In baking, a good rule of thumb is to substitute your favorite brew for half the liquid called for in your dessert recipe.
Another consideration is texture. Thick, darker beers have a good body for heavier dessert recipes like chocolate cakes and pies. Lighter beers, such as Belgian wheat beers, are better suited for lighter desserts like ice cream or vanilla cakes. Regardless, the carbonation in beer can act as a leavener and lighten up dense desserts to make lighter sweets even lighter.
Don't feel confident messing with your own dessert recipes? Try these delicious treats from Chef Dan Pino!
All recipes courtesy of Chef Dan Pino, XIX Restaurant
Makes 4 servings
Makes 4 servings
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