Sunday, January 22, 2012

Oatmeal Stout Gingerbread Coffee Cake

So one of the things on my weekend "to do" list is done.  I made an oatmeal stout gingerbread coffee cake courtesy of a recipe provided to me by Garrett out of his Beer Advocate mag.  So here's the breakdown of what you will need and what to do.  Enjoy!

Cake Ingredients:
12oz Stout
1 cup of Molasses
1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
1/2 cup of butter room temp
1 cup brown sugar (tightly packed)
1 tsp fresh ginger peeled & grated
3 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tbsp of baking powder
1 tbsp of ground ginger
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Oatmeal Streusel Ingredients
1 1/2 cups of oatmeal
1 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup of flour
2 tbsp candied lemon peel
1/2 tsp ground cardamon
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup of chilled butter cut into small pieces

So here's the deal on what to do with all of these ingredients, first be prepared, this takes a good amount of prep time.  Second, my kitchen looked like a flour bomb exploded in it afterwards but that's probably more of an issue with my organization not indicative of the recipe :).

For the cake:

Pour stout in pot over high heat & bring just short of a boil.  Add Molasses, whisk to combine and then add baking soda.  Once all ingredients are combined set to side to cool to room temp (approx. 20 minutes).

Add room temp butter to mixing bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment and cream on medium speed until soft and fluffy.  Add sugar and ginger, beat on high for 2-3 minutes. Add one egg at a time and until thoroughly combined.

In a sifter over a mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves and nutmeg then sift into bowl to ensure evenly mixed.  Pour stout mixture over flour mixture, gently combine and then add to stand mixer ingredients and combine.

For the Streusel:

In a preheated 350 degree oven lay out oatmeal on baking sheet and toast for approximately 8-10 minutes, mixing it around at least once during the process to ensure even toastiness (not sure if that's a real word).  Remove oatmeal and put in mixing bowl, add in sugar, flour, lemon peel, cardamon & salt.   Let cool.  Once cool mix in chilled butter pieces combining to make tiny balls of deliciousness. 

Putting it together:

In a coated 9x9 pan layer half cake mixture top with half streusel mixture trying to spread evenly.  Layer remaining cake mixture and then streusel. Bake at 350 for approximately 45 minutes.  Once a knife is clean when inserted in the middle of the cake.  Now this is the best part, after it's cooled down a bit pour yourself a nice cup of coffee and slice you up a piece of the delicious little treat and enjoy.

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