Archive for March, 2011

March 24, 2011

The champagne of beer

March 20, 2011

Ultimate Comfort

Yesterday I decided to really indulge myself and combine two of my ultimate favorites in one wonderful evening of baking and beering. It is a little embarrassing to admit, but Olde English forties happens to be my drink of choice, what can I say? I’m still a kid. And what better confection to go with such a simple brew, chocolate chip cookies of course!

There is nothing like drinking a good malt liquor and tasting some cookie dough, you know just to be really sure they come out delicious. Plus, you have to wait a whole 12 minutes for the warm stuff, it seems so much quicker if I just pass the time drinking a little. Who can resist this?

 

Cookie Dough!

This was another experimental recipe in my search for the ultimate chocolate chip recipe. This one was pretty phenomenal, nice and soft but a surprisingly crisp texture on the outside.

It was the absolute perfect medley of sweet, chewy, and slightly cinnamony  to go with my smooth and familiar forty. I wish I could have this every night!

 

Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon (I really love using extra)
1 (12-ounce) bag of chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar with an electric mixer until well combined. Add eggs one a time and then the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, toss together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Slowly add to the butter mixture and mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet coated in butter and bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are done.

The recipe is adapted from one of my favorite food blogs
http://buddingbaketress.blogspot.com/2011/04/soft-chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

March 1, 2011

Humble Beginnings

Budweiser and Apples are two things that have become very near and dear to me as a result of growing up in the woods of upstate New York. I really enjoy the idea of drinking All American beer and eating a local apple, and luckily those are very appropriate activities. So, the other day as I was wondering what I should bake I stumbled upon a six pack of mini Budweiser’s and the vision of mini pies danced in my head.

Pies are the very best dessert in the world and my life has changed a little bit since I purchased mini pie pans from my neighbors at http://www.thebrooklynkitchen.com. There are just so many different types of fillings to stuff into that little crust, and you really don’t have to feel terrible if you eat a whole one yourself.

Anyways, since I found such an mini American classic in beer form, it felt natural to pair it with such a mini American classic in dessert form. The result of the magical duo?

A delectable combination of sweet and tangy apples and crisp refreshing brew.

Mini Pies

The only down side was that I couldn’t pack up the rest of the beers, head out into the woods and build a bonfire. Alas, that would be illegal in Brooklyn. Instead, I just ate my petite treat and looked out the window.

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