desserts

Amaretto Biscotti with Roasted Almonds and chocolate Drizzle

This recipe works great with some late night hot coffee and the fireplace going!  Biscotti should be crunchy.  In fact the crunchier, the better.  A flavorful cookie that melts into a hot coffee is all I need on a December night!   How to Make Amaretto Biscotti Ingredients 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp kosher salt …

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Wreath Bread with Beer-Candied Oranges

A festive, enriched dough that’s wrapped with dried cranberries, chopped pistachios, and beer-candied oranges. Happy Holidays! Make a new tradition. Beer and bread pairing.  Who knew? This is a sweeter, enriched dough.  Very similar to dough for a cinnamon roll but with dried fruit.  The center of the show is the Beer-Candied Oranges. Beer-Candied Oranges …

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Stout Brownie Bites with Eggnog Frosting

I needed an excuse to start thinking about what I wanted to bake in december.  I wanted something rich and chocolately that pairs well with a darker beer.  This dessert doesn’t disappoint.  Made in smaller bites for smaller gatherings.   The Beer I used Vanilla Caves from Penrose Brewing in Geneva, IL.   A dark and …

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Spiced Rum Chocolate Pecan Tart with Shortbread Crust

A Spin on Pie… Need something to make for Thanksgiving?  We already know there’s going to be apple pie, pumpkin pie, etc.  So why not bring a tart?  This is flavored with spiced rum which gives a nice kick!  I always associate spiced rum with a holiday feel, and it tastes amazing mixed with the …

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Banana bread Muffins with Beer Candied Pecans

Don’t want to wait for a loaf of bread to come out of the oven? Make muffins! The Beer Golden Monkey- Belgian Style TripelThis beer has a ton of flavor!  This is hands down my favorite beer.  Accented with banana and clove spices this complements the muffins very well.  It’s light drinking, but a higher …

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