I just purchased the latest book from Jackie Dodd, The Beeroness, called The Craft Beer Cookbook. This book is a thick book of 100 recipes for cooking WITH beer. I believe every beer geek should know how to cook with the delicious beverage they consume. Now, I bought this book for many reasons:
- I am a beer geek and want to start cooking more. This combines both of these interests.
- I met Jackie Dodd last year at the Beer Bloggers Conference and felt as though I had to buy the book.
- I love beer and food.
- It has a neat looking cover
With the reasons why I purchased Jackie’s book out of the way, let’s get down to a recipe I made as soon as I got it. It’s her Chocolate Chip And Smoked Porter recipe. I loved the idea of adding beer to a chocolate chocolate chip pancake. Although I did not have a porter I substituted it for Sebago Brewing’s new Slick Nick Long Winter Ale. It was the only darker beer I had in my fridge and it did the trick. Below is the ingredients of this yummy breakfast treat spread out and all their details.
- 3/4 cup beer
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup sugar
1. First I put my pan on top of the stove and turned the burner to medium heat.
2. In one bowl I combined the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and sugar.
3. In another bowl I added the eggs and porter and mixed those. Once those were mixed I added the melted butter, vanilla and milk and mixed all of these together.
4. Pour the combined liquid ingredients to the dry bowl and mix well. After those are well mixed into the pancake batter add the chocolate chips.
5. Add some extra butter to the pan or spray non-stick – preferably butter.
6. Pour your intended size of pancake batter down into the pan. Cook until the underside has browned and the edges are dry. Flip and cook the other side thoroughly. Each side takes roughly 4-5 minutes.
You can create 4-5 medium-to-big sized pancakes or 6-8 silver dollar-sized pancakes. Try to use a smoked porter or a stout and/or porter with chocolate notes to it. This will compliment the pancake’s already chocolatey flavor.
I highly recommend buying The Craft Beer Cookbook. It’s a great addition to both your beer book shelf as well as a cookbook shelf.