chocolate stout chocolate chip french toast…
Last week I introduced my new obsession, beer bread. I showed you the recipe for your standard bread and a Cranberry Orange Witbier Bread. This combination was delicious, but I was curious what would happen if I went to the dark side of the beer. If I was dealing with the force then this might be a bad decision, but in baking with beer, maybe darker was better? I was convinced there was only one way to find out…
I don’t usually drink the darker beers, I prefer lighter ones, so my knowledge of the dark side of the beer was not as strong. I new that stouts were dark and full of flavor, so that is what I thought would work best. Upon coming across a Rogue Chocolate Stout in the grocery store, I knew I had found my beer. With the name Chocolate Stout, Only one thing came to mind. I knew that I could make bread out of pretty much any type of beer, but I wanted to go one step further.
I decided to make Chocolate Stout Chocolate Chip French Toast. I wanted to see if beer bread would work as french toast. My logic as it regards to beer bread is that it can be used in any situation that you would use regular bread for. Based on the results of the Chocolate Chip Stout, beer bread as french toast is another great use for the humble beer bread. For some reason a chocolate stout seemed destined to become French Toast. You could use the orange cranberry witbier bread, but why would you pass up the opportunity to eat chocolate for breakfast. I had envisioned this being good, but little did I know just how delicious it was. The chocolate characteristics of the beer carried over perfectly to the bread. The rick dark brown color of the beer gave the bread a much darker appearance. This bread might look like wheat flour was used, but this was your general white self rising variety. The addition of chocolate chips turned was flirting with the dessert line. With whipped cream and syrup I would eat this for breakfast, but if vanillas ice cream and hot fudge were substituted, you have an amazing dessert.
I now know that French Toast can be made from beer bed, later I will show you a few more variations of your average beer bread that I made. Here is the recipe for the bread. The recipe to turn it into French Toast can be found here. Whipped cream can be found here
Chocolate Stout Chocolate Chip Bread
3 cups self rising flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
12 0z chocolate stout beer
1) Mix all dry ingredients
2) add beer and mix until a sticky dough forms
3) place in a greased bread loaf pan for 55 minutes at 375F *Optional step- with 10 minutes of cooking left you can brush melted butter onto the bread
4) let cool and enjoy!
Chocolate Stout Chocolate Chip Bread Buttermilk French Toast
1 loaf Chocolate Stout Chocolate Chip Bread
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp sugar
pinch of salt
syrup or bananas or whipped cream ( or all 3)
1. You want the bread to be somewhat dried out, this will allow the egg mixture to soak in. You can use “day old” bread, but I prefer to use the oven. Slice your bread and then place on a baking sheet and put in a 350 degree oven for 7-10 minutes. After 5 minutes, start check to see how dry it is. You want the outside of the bread to have a crunchy dry feel. When this is achieved, remove from the oven.
2. in a large bowl combine the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, sugar, salt, and whisk until a nice creamy yellow color.
3. place butter in a pan over medium high heat. Dip you sticks into the egg mixture, making sure all sides of the bread are coated. Places the bread into the pan. Cook each side until a nice golden brown.
4. you can top the French Toast with syrup, or bananas or whipped cream Or you can use all 3! I prefer all 3.