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RECIPE: Pumpkin Stout Tiramisu

1st Jan 12 (Sun) 4 comments

For New Year’s Eve 2011, I took a classic tiramisu recipe and altered it a little bit into…

Pumpkin Stout Tiramisu

Makes 12 large servings

Ingredients: makes a 9″ x 13″ pyrex sized tiramisu sheet

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar
  • 16 oz. package of mascarpone (soft Italian cheese)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • one (1) 12 oz. package of lady fingers (about 40 of 4″ cookies used)
  • ½ cup (4 oz.) pumpkin stout
    I used Corvallis-based Flat Tail Brewing’s Feathertop Imperial Pumpkin Stout, which was aged on vanilla beans and sweet cinnamon bark
  • ¼ cup strong coffee (espresso or strong batch of french press)
  • cocoa powder (for dusting) or semi-sweet chocolate bar (for grating or curling)

Steps:

  1. Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler, over boiling water.  If you don’t have a double-boiler, here are some alternatives.  Reduce heat to low, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whip yolks until thick and lemon colored.
  2. Add mascarpone to whipped yolks. Beat until smooth.  Using a hand mixer will help.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks (also with a hand mixer). Gently fold into yolk mixture and set aside.
  4. Take half of the lady fingers (about 20 cookies) and line the bottom and sides of a large glass bowl (9″ x 13″ pyrex).  Mix the stout & coffee together and then brush about half of the mixture over top of the lady finger layer. Brushing (versus dipping the cookies or pouring the liquid) gets some of the flavor into the cookies, but it doesn’t turn into a soaking mess.  Spoon half of the cream filling over the lady fingers.
  5. Repeat ladyfingers (remaining 20 cookies), stout/coffee, and filling layers. Garnish with cocoa powder or chocolate curls. To make the chocolate curls, use a vegetable peeler and run it down the edge of the chocolate bar.
  6. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.  Enjoy!

I think this would be great with any darker beer… a coffee stout, like Eugene-based Oakshire’s Overcast espresso stout would be amazing – and I think I’ll try that next.  Also, if they make the imperial chocolate pumpkin porter Big Black Jack next fall, I may have to try it with that as well.  Since craft beers vary by region, if you can’t find the exact beers above, I’m SURE you’ll find something suitable.  The best part of the recipe… you get plenty of beer to drink while you’re making it.

This is a mainly music-based blog. If you stumbled in on a recipe search, check out my other recipes at THIS LINK.

~Dan – Mike PattonThe Solitude of Prime Numbers

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Eugene Beer Week – May 2nd to 8th, 2011

14th Mar 11 (Mon) Leave a comment

I’m not a “beer blogger” per se.  I’m a music blogger, but I’m a homebrewer and dig a good local beer.  For Oregonians, this is an event to get excited about…

Eugene Beer Week

From May 2nd to May 8th, Eugene Oregon will host its first annual beer week.
Eugene Beer Week will celebrate craft beer culture in the Willamette Valley.

The US craft brewing industry has been growing steadily and cities across the country have been organizing beer celebrations to promote the industry. These beer weeks include a great number of beer tastings, brewers dinners and other events celebrating craft beer. Breweries, retailers, bars, restaurants and beer writers participate in beer weeks by helping bring greater awareness to a region’s craft beers. Cities such as Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago all boast successful beer weeks.

Eugene Beer Week’s objective is to bring a greater awareness of craft beer in the Willamette Valley. They aim to accomplish this goal by providing a website that beer drinkers can peruse and locate beer related events taking place during the week. Eugenebeerweek.org will also provide a forum for businesses to promote their beer week efforts. Eugene Beer Week culminates with the Sasquatch Beer Festival that celebrates the life of one of Eugene’s former brewers, Glen Falconer.

What’s in store?

  • Beer Dinners – Special dinners featuring a beer or several beer paired courses
  • Beer Releases – Release celebration celebrating a new beer
  • Festivals – Craft beer festivals
  • Tastings – Special tastings of craft beers
  • How to Brew/Taste/Enjoy – demonstrations and informational classes

For more information visit eugenebeerweek.org (or Facebook and Twitter below).  Stay tuned for some great events around town.


~Dan – np: EisleyThe Valley

KLCC Brewfest 2010

13th Feb 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

Tonight I went to the 2010 KLCC Bewfest in Eugene, Oregon.  I volunteer poured, too.  Had a great time…

I shant go into the detail I did last year… I’m tired.  The best drinks, in my opinion… Oakshire Overcast (espresso stout), the Maui Brewing Coconut Porter, and the Crispin Cider.

It’s all done for the year… but check back at http://www.klcc.org/ for next year’s in early/mid-February 2011.

~Dan – np: Wayne HorvitzFilm Music 1998-2001

I had beers…

8th Feb 09 (Sun) 5 comments

The last two nights (Feb 6 & 7, 2009) was local Eugene NPR station KLCC’s microbrew festival.  I went last night.  My wife dropped me off at the fairgrounds after a nice Indian meal (and then picked me up afterwards… she rocks).  It was $15 to get in, which included a commemorative (4 oz?) glass and two drink tickets.  Additional drinks were $1; so I did the “express admission” which included 12 drinks for $25 total (no price break, but I didn’t have to go back to the drink ticket line).

There were 51 booths with at least 2 beers a piece on tap… so, 12 beers didn’t scratch the surface of all that was offered, but it did pretty good damage.  I generally stay away from IPAs, and I like stouts, porters, wheats… Anyway, here’s what I had (not in any particular order… outside of the order they are in the KLCC program):

  • 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat (San Francisco) – this beer was delightful, very subtle watermelon flavor… I love wheat beers in general, and this one would be fantastic in the summer…
  • Ace CiderThe Joker Hard Cider (Sebastopol, CA) – high alcohol content, and kind of weak flavors, in my opinion… this one didn’t get past the initial sip.  Ace’s pear cider is very good, though.
  • Green MountainWoodchuck Amber Draft Cider (Middlebury, VT) – a classic for me.  I was drinking Woodchuck before I liked beer.  The guy at the booth was shocked that I had it before, as it’s new to the Oregon territory.
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB)Survival Seven Grain Stout (Portland, OR) – while its name doesn’t suggest, it’s got coffee in it as well.  not as strong as (a fave) Oakshire Overcast, it was still very delightful.  a friend from work was volunteer pouring this one, too… so it was nice chat amongst the beer fiends.
  • LaurelwoodVanilla Porter (Portland, OR) – nice and delicate.  I think by the time of the evening when I had this, I was looking for more vanilla, but it was still very nice
  • NinkasiOatis Oatmeal Stout (Eugene, OR) – a local favorite of mine… excellent, and it compares well with one of my favorite beers – Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout.
  • North CoastBrother Thelonius Belgian Ale (Fort Bragg, CA) – Named after the jazz piano great, I had had a bottle of this before.  It’s good, but you have to be in the right mood… it’s something like 9% alcohol and kicks your butt.  I couldn’t drink my whole sample glass… too strong…
  • OakshireOvercast Espresso Stout (Eugene, OR) – my 2nd fave of the night right behind Young’s DCS.  I get this beer a lot at restaurants around town.  It’s a gem of Eugene, if you ask me.
  • PyramidApricot Ale (Portland, OR) – I’d seen this in stores before, but never tried it.  Last night was the perfect time… much more fruit flavor than the watermelon ale (but not as much as Woodchuck).  Very good… I don’t think I could do a whole 6-pack of this, but it was definitely tasty.
  • Rogue AlesChocolate Stout (Newport, OR) – oh, how I wish when Rogue was looking for filling their Controller position they would have allowed me to work from Eugene (rather than move to Newport on the coast).  They make great beers, and their chocolate stout is no exception.  Like Young’s, Rogue’s chocolate stout is actually made with real chocolate in the batch (some are just called that from the dark color and chocolate maltiness).
  • Roots OrganicChocolate Habañero Stout (Portland, OR) – I had already had my fill of espresso and/or chocolate stouts, but the habañero had me at “hello.”  It was a very nice beer with a little spice on the front and much more spice on the back end.  I really liked it.  Very similar to the Lagunitas Frank Zappa beer I posted about the other day.
  • Young’sDouble Chocolate Stout (London, England) – so smooth, creamy & delicious… you get the rolling, settling effect when it comes out of the tap into the glass.  mmm…

I will say that I didn’t drink all 4 oz of all of the above beers.  Some of them got a sip/gulp and then dumped the rest (mainly because I didn’t want to be totally trashed).  Of all of the local (fantastic) beers, my favorite was the Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (from England).  It’s always been a favorite of mine, and while the local beers gave it a run for its money, once it touched my lips, I knew it still had my heart.

Two beer posts in a row… yeah, probably a new record

~Dan – np: The Beatles1

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