March is here and that means Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re not thinking about leprechauns, rainbows and tall pints of beer yet, then these six beer-infused desserts most certainly will have you in an Irish state of mind. Did you know that beer can be a wonderful addition to recipes? Well, it’s true. But before you step into the kitchen, it’s important to understand that light and dark beers have very different flavors, aromas and compositions. You need to pair the right type of beer with the right type of recipe. For example, when baking with beer, you might use a lighter, fruitier variety like a lambic for a raspberry sorbet or poached pears, but you would want to use a darker, richer variety like a stout for a chocolate cake or ice cream recipe. This spring, don’t just drink your pint of beer, bake with it. Here are six delicious desserts to get you started.
Mexican Beer Spiked Churros with Chocolate Dulce De Leche
Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest uses a bottle of Negra Modelo as a leavening agent in her churros spiked with beer because it keeps them light and tender. Although the Cajeta, an authentic Mexican caramel sauce, takes up to two hours to make, the churros only take 30 minutes tops. Plan ahead–the caramel sauce will keep up to one week in the fridge. Get the recipe.
Heather Christo ups the ante of plain Jane snickerdoodles by adding Guinness to the batter each March. She loves how the dark, sweet and bitter flavor of this stout adds a whole new dimension to her baked goods. These cookies are a great way to add some Irish flair to your favorite cookie recipe without getting out the green dye. Get the recipe.
Milk Stout Ice Cream
When my sister and I found out that Great South Bay Brewery had come out with a limited edition milk stout, they knew what they had to do: make beer ice cream. Milk stouts go amazingly well in ice creams, especially when they have subtle hints of chocolate, vanilla and raspberry. Or in this case, snozberries. Plus, with only 5% ABV, this beer has a low enough alcohol content so that it doesn’t prevent the ice cream from freezing. Get the recipe.
Drunken Irish Cake
Carrie Burrill of Bakeaholic Mama makes her Irish ancestors proud by using both an Irish stout and an Irish whiskey in this incredibly gorgeous chocolate cake. This seasonal recipe is just perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day. Layers of chocolate stout cake are frosted with whisky buttercream and topped with a chocolate stout ganache with a whiskey caramel sauce. Need I say more? Get the recipe.
Sweet & Salty Guinness Chocolate Pie
Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes is a huge fan of using Guinness in desserts. This pie is a match made in Heaven for those of us who can’t ever decide between eating something salty or sweet. With a sweet and salty pretzel crust, Guinness-infused chocolate pudding pie filling and toasted Guinness marshmallow meringue, you better wear your stretchy pants before downing a slice of this! Get the recipe.
Beer Hot Chocolate
Sophia Del Gigante of NY Foodgasm updated an old childhood recipe with beer. This Beer Hot Chocolate shows off how nicely these two ingredients play together in recipes. The Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout used in this recipe helps create a silky smooth sipping chocolate with a frothy, chocolaty head. Say good-bye to innocent afternoons quietly sipping hot chocolate while reading a good book. This Beer Hot Chocolate is just for the adults and it’s ready to party. Get the recipe.