Sweet Holidays: Chocolate Beer Bread

If you’ve ever drank that beer called Sweet Baby Jesus, well – I’d like to introduce you to it’s cousin. For Pete’s Sake by DuClaw Brewing is an Imperial Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter with 9% ABV – Yikes, but YES! With 6 of these bad boys to try, I knew I couldn’t just drink all of them.

Well, I could…. but making something with this sweet + smooth tasting beer seemed much more exciting. Besides, I had yet to try and make food out of alcohol, so why not start now since it’s the holiday season?

When I was young, my mother always made Beer Bread. Warm fresh bread that was made with beer instead of water. If you’ve never had it before, it’s much different than any other bread, and great to bring to parties as a nice dipping spread.

I made this beer bread with just one For Pete’s Sake, so I was able to drink the others right alongside 🙂

This is a great recipe to bring to a holiday party, or make for the guys as they watch football. For my first time making beer bread from scratch, I’d say it came out pretty damn good.


INGREDIENTS:

• 1 Bottle of For Pete’s Sake Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter at room temperature
(If you can’t find this, I suggest going with a thick dark chocolate porter or stout if you can find one.)
• 2  2/3 cups + 2 teaspoons all purpose flour
• 1/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (I used  Hershey’s)
• 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of sugar
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• Butter to grease the pan

– This makes a 9 x 5 inch loaf. Great for sharing! –

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease your pan with butter and some flour to stick onto the pan, make sure the flour sticks on all sides of the pan too.

2.  In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, sugar, and olive oil together. When all those ingredients are in and stirred, pour a beer in little by little, and stir until the whole mix is sticky and combined. It should have a dough-based texture. I’m not gonna lie, I tried some of the dough to make sure it tasted like a chocolate biscuit, and it did.

3. Pour this mixture into the pan. Bake at 350º F for 40 minutes. The loaf should feel firm when pressed gently in the center. Let cool for 10 minutes. You should be able to flip the pan over and the loaf should pop right out.

4. Enjoy the bread with the rest of your beer.

NOTE:
This would be even better to serve with a raspberry or strawberry jam. Dip the chocolate bread in jam and you’re in for a treat.
ALSO NOTE: I stand with Gluten. 

 

Looking for For Pete’s Sake? It’s available for a limited time.
Find it at select liquor stores here!  

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