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Beer for Breakfast Beignets!

With today’s enthusiasm for crafting artisanal beers and pairing brews with food, it’s no wonder that cooking with beer is one of the hottest trends.


Emily recently partnered with 3 Daughters Brewing for a delightful toast to your day at Epcot Food and Wine. Guests enjoyed Emily’s recipes for “Beer Beignets,” “Crafted Caram-Ale Sauce,” and “Oatmeal Stout Cream.”


Beach Blonde Beer Beignets

Yield: 24 (2-inch square) Beignets
Prep Time:  20 minutes
Rest Time:  1 hour
Cook Time:  15 minutes
Total Time:  1 hour 35 minutes


1 (7 gram) envelope or 2 ¼ teaspoons rapid rise yeast
¼ cup white granulated sugar
4 cups bread flour + extra for working dough
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup 3 Daughter’s Brewing St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale
1 ½ cups buttermilk, shaken
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
Soybean oil, for frying

2 cups confectioners sugar, for dusting
Oatmeal Stout Cream, see recipe below
Beach Blonde Crafted Caram-Ale, see recipe below

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment slowly stir together the yeast, sugar, bread flour and baking soda.

In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, combine the beer and buttermilk. Heat on until the mixture reaches between 120-130°F on a candy thermometer (mixture may look curdled, this is normal), about 2 minutes.

Add the liquid to the dry ingredients, mix on medium speed until all the flour has been incorporated.

Add the nutmeg and salt, turn the mixer on high and beat until the dough forms a soft sticky ball that gathers around the paddle, about 8 minutes.

The dough will be very soft and loose and will hold together when pinched.  If the dough is too loose to hold together add a few pinches of flour.

Transfer to a large lightly oiled bowl. Loosely cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Allow to rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Turn dough out on your work surface that has been dusted with flour.  Press dough into a large rectangle about ½ inch thick. Avoid using a rolling pin in order to preserve the air bubbles in the dough.

Add 4 inches of oil to a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium high heat. Heat oil to at least 350°F, but no hotter than 375°F, adjust heat to stay in that temperate range.

Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 2-inch squares. Working in batches, add a few beignets at a time to the oil.  Fry in small batches so that they do not overcrowd each other until they are puffy and golden brown on both sides.  Flip them once or twice while frying to make sure they are evenly golden, about 2 minutes.

Remove and drain on a rack lined with a stack of paper towels. Dust with confectioner’s sugar just before serving and serve with a ramekin of Stern Line Oatmeal Stout Cream and Beach Blonde Crafted Caram-Ale.

Enjoy this delicious start to your day!

Oatmeal Stout Cream

Yield:  Approximately 6 cups, enough to frost 25; 2-inch square beignets
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

1 cup 3 Daughter’s Brewing Stern Line Oatmeal Stout
2 cups cream cheese, chilled
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
6- 7 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted

In a small pot cook 1 cup of the Stern Line Oatmeal Stout down until it is reduced to about 3 tablespoons, transfer to small bowl, skim off any residue, and set to the side.

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy on medium speed, about 1 minute.  Turn mixer to low and gradually add 6 cups confectioner’s sugar, one cup at a time. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When powdered sugar has been mixed in, the frosting will appear dry.

Gradually add reduced Stern Line Oatmeal Stout and increase mixer speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add an additional cup of confectioner’s sugar and beat additional minute it frosting appears too loose.

Scrape frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip.  Top beignets with or fill ramekins to serve as a delicious dip.


Beach Blonde Crafted Caram-Ale

Yield:  Approximately 3; 8-ounce jars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

1 (12-ounce can) 3 Daughter’s Brewing St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale
Zest of 1/2 orange, in large strips
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of kosher salt

Bring the ale, orange zest, and ground cardamom to a gentle boil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring, until reduced to 1 cup, about 10 minutes. Add the butter and brown sugar and cook, stirring only if the mixture looks like it might boil over, until thick and syrupy, about 10 minutes.

Slowly stir in the cream and cook until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, remove zest with tongs and stir in the vanilla and salt.

Let the caramel cool slightly, top beignets with or transfer to ramekins and serve alongside beignets as a delicious dip.

Extra sauce will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.