Beer Bread

Mid-March we scrapped everything that had been planned for the blog this year because of all the craziness with Covid-19. We have literally been going week to week, trying to gauge the grocery stores, figure out what people can get, what they might have on hand. Recipe creations have come from the most random situations. A few weeks ago, my husband and I bought some beer from a local brewery (pickup only!!) in an effort to support local businesses and help them try to make it through these tough times. Most of the beer we really enjoyed, but one chocolate stout was too sweet for our tastes. Rather than dump it out, which felt extremely wasteful (especially right now), I just added it to some bread dough that I was making. And so this recipe was born. And my family has been enthusiastically eating it ever since. We’ve teamed up with DoughEZ for this post and are featuring their mat and bread pan that will be part of a big giveaway at the end of the month.

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Homemade Bisquick Mix PLUS Beer Biscuits

September is here, and while it is still pretty hot in California, I’m already thinking about all the delicious soups and stews I can make for the coming fall/winter months.  Growing up, my mom used to make these heavenly things called Beer Rolls to go with soup.  More like a drop biscuit than a roll, they basically consisted of a can of Budweiser and Bisquick.  She’d also throw in a couple tablespoons of wheat germ, because that was her answer for most foods she deemed unhealthy.  Later on, she decided Bisquick was just too unhealthy to have in the house at all, and sadly Beer Rolls went away.  Until now!  With a 2-for-1 in this post, I created a homemade Bisquick mix you can keep in your fridge for several months, and then recreated and renamed those delicious Beer Biscuits (Rolls).

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Spiced Stout Cupcakes with Malted Cream Cheese Frosting

I live in a college town and that means when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around everywhere you look there are pub runs, pub crawls, and bars opening ridiculously early (like I’m still sleeping early).  I’m not sure how a religious feast day celebrating Ireland’s patron saint turned into a day of drinking massive amounts of beer and wearing green; but I’ll happily raise a pint to anyone who can drive snakes out of a country!  Yes, I know that is actually a myth.  While I do love a good beer, I also really enjoy baking with beer.  I have been loving a spiced stout produced by a local brewery, 7 Sisters Brewing, and I decided to make a St. Patrick’s Day worthy dessert out of it.  Unlike a regular stout such as Guinness, a spiced stout is like a grown-up version of root beer, full of delicious spice and a touch of sweetness.

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