I don’t remember having a cake with beer inside until few months back when I was in New York City. My friend insisted that I try some, telling me that it doesn’t taste like beer at all. She was right it doesn’t taste the beer, but the stout inside adds a twist that calls you for a second bite and more. It’s moist, unlike you might be thinking it’s not bitter, but does have a deep tang.
I browsed few recipes online, all very similar. Most use sour cream, but I prefer the fresh organic yogurt I get straight from the farm. I used Almaza Lebanese beer, which I love, but you can use Guinness or your favorite dark beer.
I baked this same cake twice this week, and every single bite was a true dose of happiness!
100g / 1 stick butter, melted
1 ½ cup dark beer
½ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
2 cups light brown sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of Salt
Pre-heat the oven to 185°C. Grease and flour a cake pan.
In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, beat butter, beer, and milk. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Add yogurt and mix until incorporated.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
Fold the dry flour mixture, gradually in the wet beer mixture, making sure to scrape down the bowl with a spatula.
Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake 40-50 minutes, until cake springs back when gently pressed with finger.
My Christmas shopping started in Paris, I was there just 2 weeks before Christmas, it was the perfect time of the year to visit the city and enjoy its chic boutiques, festive decorations and fairy lights.
I stayed in the 16th arrondissement, not too far from Trocadero and Eiffel tower, despite the cold weather I made sure to walk every day outside and take a hot chocolate break in one of the Parisian gourmet cafés to warm my hands and satisfy my taste buds.
Paris is where the best hot chocolate is found! Enriched with a little cream or milk, Parisian hot chocolate is served thick, velvety and rich. The luxury comes from the excellent quality chocolate concoctions they add.
Cocoa contains flavonoids, antioxidant-rich pigments that relax blood vessels and promote cardiovascular health, but also if consumed in large quantities it can expand my waistline, therefore I like to flavor my drink with cinnamon or vanilla and drink it in an espresso-size cup.
Time for a selfie with my lifetime friend Nidal!!
Creamy Hot Chocolate With Cinnamon
2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or cow milk)
¼ tsp ground cinnamon (or more)
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup 70% dark chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp brown sugar
Pinch of salt (preferably fleur de sel)
Bring milk and cinnamon to a boil. Let simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
Whisk in vigorously cocoa powder, chocolate, sugar and salt, until mixture is frothy.
Divide among 2 mugs and garnish with mini marshmallows or cinnamon sticks if desired.