Sour Beer Camp­ing Cake

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Cooking With Beer -

Com­bine all the cake-mix in­gre­di­ents ahead of time and store in the re­frig­er­a­tor in a re­seal­able bag un­til you’re ready to leave. Then it’s a sim­ple mat­ter to fin­ish prepa­ra­tions at the camp­site. If you like, you can line the Dutch oven with alu­minum foil for eas­ier cleanup. Ac­tive prepa­ra­tion time: 10–15 min­utes Cooking time: 35–45 min­utes Serves: 4–6

Cake Mix

2 cup all-pur­pose flour 1 cup sugar ¾ tsp kosher salt 1 Tbs bak­ing pow­der ½ tsp bak­ing soda ½ lb (227 g) but­ter, cold and cubed

1 lb (454 g) frozen peaches ½ lb (227 g) frozen rasp­ber­ries ½ cup (118 ml) sour beer Pinch kosher salt 5 Tbs brown sugar 1 cup (237 ml) vanilla yo­gurt

In a food pro­ces­sor, com­bine all the dry in­gre­di­ents for the cake mix and mix thor­oughly. Add the cold but­ter a lit­tle at a time and process un­til coarse crumbs form. Store the mix in a re­seal­able bag in the re­frig­er­a­tor or a cooler for at least 3 hours.

Build a fire and let it burn un­til you have a bed of hot coals.

In a 10–12 inch (25–30 cm) footed Dutch oven, ar­range the peaches and rasp­ber­ries evenly over the bot­tom of the Dutch oven. Pour the beer over the peaches and rasp­ber­ries and sprin­kle with the salt and brown sugar.

Pour half of the cake mix over the fruit mix­ture and mix. Cover the Dutch oven, and place it on top of the coals. Ar­range some hot coals over the top of the Dutch oven’s lid. Add small pieces of wood for ad­di­tional heat and cook for 20–25 min­utes.

Re­move the Dutch oven from the coals, care­fully re­move the lid, and top the fruit and cake mix­ture with the re­main­ing cake mix. Re­place the lid, re­turn the Dutch oven to the coals, top again with hot coals, and cook for an ad­di­tional 15–20 min­utes.

Once cake is golden brown, let it cool and serve with the vanilla yo­gurt.

Beer Sug­ges­tions: Jester King Spon (Austin, Texas), Al­la­gash Farm to Face (Port­land, Maine), Peren­nial Ar­ti­san Ales Von Pam­pel­muse (St. Louis, Mis­souri), Crea­ture Com­forts Athena (Athens, Ge­or­gia).

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