The Perfect Beer to Pair with Chocolate

Beer isn’t just for sipping, slurping, chugging and drinking … it’s great for cooking, too! But have you tried it with chocolate? Well, there’s no time like Valentine’s Day to present your sweetie with a fabulous new indulgence!

Of course you’ll need to experiment a bit to find your truly favorite pairings but let me save you a little trial and error by pointing you toward more complex lagers with rich caramel notes. Just keep trying different combinations until you really like the way the tastes blend on your palate.

To get you started, here’s a recipe for Negra Modelo Espresso Fudge Cake with Modelo Cream, an incredibly delicious, fudgy rich dessert I created using Negra Modelo beer. The cake is easy to make at home and will definitely say, “I love you,” to the beer and chocolate lover in your life. It was recently featured in PR News article, click here to check it out!

Negra Modelo Espresso Fudge Cake with Modelo Cream

    3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
    1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp.) butter
    2 Tbsp. Instant espresso granules or instant coffee
    3 eggs
    1/3 cup Negra Modelo beer
    1 1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup flour
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

    Modelo Cream
    1/2 cup whipping cream
    1/4 c. powdered sugar
    3 tbsp. Negra Modelo beer

To make the cake: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a bowl over simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter together. Whisk in the espresso granules until well combined. Meanwhile, with a whisk or electric mixer, mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl together until glossy. Add in the melted chocolate mixture and beat again until glossy and smooth. Grease and flour an 8-inch pie pan or spring form cake pan. Pour batter into prepared pan and place in preheated oven. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until slightly puffy. Let cool. Serve cake at room temperature with dollops of Modelo cream.To make the cream: Just before serving, whip the cream and sugar in a bowl until just forming stiff peaks. Add beer and whisk until peaking.

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Posted by Kathy on February 13th, 2009  |  Comments Off on The Perfect Beer to Pair with Chocolate |  Posted in dessert, Dishing with Kathy Casey Blog, Foodie News, Recent Posts, Recipes

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