Daily Archives: October 4, 2011

Chocolate. Beer. Bread.

dessert - recipe

Last night I met a food blogger who cooks with alcohol, this morning I heard a podcast about using stout in recipes

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…it was a sign!

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(Yes, I know it looks like balsamic vinegar. It’s not, people. It’s stout.)

This was previously thawed, leftover Murphy’s that I stored in an old salad dressing bottle after making chili a few weeks ago. Did a little research online, and apparently freezing beer won’t affect the recipe.

I already made beer bread, this time I tried a sweet version!

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, vanilla, chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Mega Chunks which are dairy/soy/nut-free)

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The star ingredient:

beer

No foaminess left. Sad.

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Harder to come together too – had to get down and dirty with my hands this time

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Pressed into a loaf pan. Said a prayer.

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While that baked, I enjoyed breakfast and the latest NY Times Magazine

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[ It's the "Food and Drink" issue - tons of great articles in there! ]

Back to baking – brushed the bread with coconut spread during the last 10 minutes

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It came out looking (and smelling) spectacular!

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Am particularly smitten with its chocolate-y heel…

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…and this crater on the side:

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Chocolate Beer Bread (adapted from Taylor Takes a Taste)

  • 3 cups all purpose, unbleached flour
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 4.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 12 ounces stout (Frozen/thawed and flat. Or not.)
  • 1 TB Coconut Spread

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients, then add the vanilla and stout. Use your hands to mix into a dough, then press into a parchment-lined loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes, then brush with melted Coconut Spread and return to oven for another 10 minutes, until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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Unfortunately, we all have to wait to find out how it tastes – I’m bringing the bread to a friend’s house tomorrow. (D’oh!)

P.S. – If you missed the post, I’m hosting a giveaway through Thursday for a Shabby Apple skirt

Tasty Terrace

bar - food events

I’ve been lucky enough to check out the Crescent Beverly Hills in the morning for brunch, at sunset for cocktail hour, and yesterday I experienced their lovely terrace at night!

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Abe and I were invited to preview the new fall menu:

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Chef Lenora Marouani (who just so happens to look like a supermodel) was on fire last night! EVERYTHING tasted amazing.

I started with a giant handful of fresh pita chips and hummus at the bar

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Charred brussel sprout leaves with grape, beet, walnut and balsamic glaze

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Moist and tender lamb meatballs in chickpea lentil stew, topped with mint yogurt

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Two kinds of sliders -

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Vegetarian (Falafel with Tahini Aioli, feta, caramelized onion, frisee)…

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…and Kobe Beef (Harissa Aioli, shallot compote, bacon bits, arugula)

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Two samples of flatbread too

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Above – hen of woods shrooms, taleggio cheese, and chard; Below – fig tapenade, brie, and prosciutto

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We always have a blast at the CBH Lounge – hung out fireside with old blogger buddies like Shauna, Jess

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…and met some new ones too!