Monday, 11 January 2010

Oh the weather outside is frightful.........

The snow may well be on its way out but is still blinking chilly out there so what better way to warm up after a hard round of snow angels than with a mulled beer with apples (could even count towards your 5 a day!)

Ingredients (serves 6-8)
3 apples, peeled,cored & finely chopped
3 tablespoons butter
3 bottles dark beer
8 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


Preheat oven to 180c/350f , place apples and butter in a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.
In a large saucepan combine the cooked apples, beer, brown sugar and spices.
Heat until just hot and serve.

I find it frustrating that so many recipes using beer just say 'dark beer' without any kind of recommendation, it's a bit like saying all beers are the same and it's not worth picking a special one. Which to my mind is like saying a  Lambrini is no different to a Chateau d’Yquem 1787
(I can see all the wine buffs up in arms at the very idea) so I'd urge you to always try out different beers until you find the right match.

Anyway, lecture over for this I'd recommend you try an Orkney Skull Splitter, an 8.5% dark red ale with hints of apple, nutmeg and spice that's just perfect for this warm treat. You can buy Skull Splitter on-line from Beer-Ritz for just £2.23

Thanks to Bruisin' Ales for the Skull Splitter picture

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