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Two by Two = 4 (Layer Cake)

Great to see so many bottle shops in the North East now! The Two by Two Coffee Milk Stout was purchased on the opening weekend of NORD Bottle Shop in Whitley Bay, and works really well in cake form.

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Two by Two = 4 (Layer Cake)
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
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Ingredients
For the icing
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
For the icing
Instructions
  1. Heat the Coffee Milk Stout in a pan over a medium heat for 30-35 minutes, until the liquid has reduced to a 100ml syrup, then allow to cool
  2. Preheat oven to 170°C (Fan 150°) / gas mark 3
  3. Grease and line 4 x 20cm round cake tins
  4. Mix sugar + butter in a mixer until light and creamy
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla extract
  6. Add 50ml of the cooled beer reduction and beat until well combined
  7. Gradually add in the flour + baking powder, and stir until all combined
  8. Divide the mixture equally into the 4 cake tins
  9. Bake for 22 minutes, then cool all on a wire rack
  10. Mix all of the icing ingredients together and divide into 4 equal amounts
  11. Ice each layer (including the top)
  12. Sprinkle chocolate curls onto the top
  13. Allow the buttercream to set for 1 hour, then enjoy with some more of the Coffee Milk Stout
Recipe Notes

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE BEER:

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Cocoa Shake It Off Flapjacks

Starting the day off with a 12.1% abv. beer isn’t always a sensible idea – but hey, it’s the weekend! This absolute beauty from Mikkeller was just crying out to be made into flapjack.

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Cocoa Shake It Off Flapjacks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C (Fan 130°)
  2. Put the sugar, butter and golden syrup into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted
  3. Add the beer and stir for a further 10 minutes on a medium heat
  4. Take the pan off the heat and add in the oats and pitted dates, stirring thoroughly to mix together
  5. Pour all of the mixture into a lined and greased 20cm square tin, and press it evenly using a wooden spoon
  6. Bake the flapjack in the centre of the oven for 40 minutes
  7. Cool the flapjack in the tin for 15 minutes, then cut into squares
  8. Remove from the tin once the flapjacks are completely cooled, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE BEER:

  • Brewery: Mikkeller
  • Beer: Beer Geek Cocoa Shake (Imperial Stout)
  • Abv: 12.1%
  • Description: From the beer geek breakfast series – the beer that really put Mikkeller on the map – they decided to shake things up by adding a truck load of cocoa to the French press coffee trick, creating a whole new dimension to the beer that is loved by freaks and geeks worldwide!
  • Want to buy some? Time to pay Champion Bottles & Taps a visit, or head over to the Mikkeller webshop
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(Cake it up just like) Bad Medicine

About time the North East’s breweries are represented in baking form – starting with Box Social Brewing’s Bad Medicine, turned into an orange, raspberry + almond cake…

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(Cake it up just like) Bad Medicine
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 75 minutes
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Ingredients
To decorate
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 75 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
To decorate
Instructions
  1. Heat the Bad Medicine in a pan over a medium heat for 30-35 minutes, until the liquid reduces to a 75ml syrup, then allow to cool
  2. Preheat oven to 160°C (Fan 140°) / gas mark 3
  3. Line a 900g loaf tin with non-stick baking parchment
  4. Mix sugar + butter in a mixer until light and creamy, and add the almond extract
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, then add the cooled beer reduction and beat until well combined
  6. Gradually add in the flour, ground almonds + baking powder, and stir until all combined
  7. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin + bake for 1 hour 15 minutes
  8. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, cut the cake in half
  9. Mix all of the icing ingredients together. Spoon the jam onto the bottom half of the cake and the buttercream icing onto the top half
  10. Make the icing sugar and beer mix and drizzle over the top, then sprinkle with raspberry pieces
  11. Allow to set for an hour or so, then cut into slices and devour with a can of Bad Medicine!
Recipe Notes

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE BEER:

  • Brewery: Box Social Brewing
  • Beer: Bad Medicine (East Coast IPA)
  • Abv: 6%
  • Description: Continually hopped for 60 minutes, this East Coast style IPA is big, bold and in your face.
  • Want to buy some? Track it down in your local bottle shop, or ask your favourite bar to stock it!
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