Happy Daylight Savings Time/Halloween recovery day! What did you do? If your Sunday was anything like mine, it included nursing a sugar/whiskey hangover with pajamas, a half assed yoga sesh, and soup-makin'.
Halloween was far more active. (Though I did spend some quality time in the kitchen because our kitchen in Ohio is adorable. It looks so cozy in the light of a cloudy afternoon, and serves as a lovely oasis for autumnal afternoons. We have our own backyard with a fire pit and there are baby chipmunks that run amock. It's a little surreal and would feel Snow White-esque if there wasn't so much crime in this neighborhood.)
But yes! Halloween! I dressed up as a woodland creature, which is basically just fancy lingo for saying that I dressed up as a fox and went crazy with makeup. Before that, I was watching Scream and drinking beer and then pouring said beer into flour to make these brown ale beer biscuits. The idea came from beer bread, which is something I discovered college, and made my first batch on a blizzard-y day in January. It's so easy, as there is no kneading required. Because I am not cooking for a family I like things in smaller portions so I decided to make them into beer biscuits.
Beer is such a buddy. I think my first knowledge of beer came from a Simpsons episode, or when watching my dad and uncles drink Budweiser during Pittsburgh games. Now that I'm older and more mature (except when I'm playing flipcup at aforementioned Halloween party), I've come to see that beer is not just for dads. No, beer is for lazy hammock-y afternoons and bonfires, mommies and girls in stretchy pants. It's for when you are in a new city and don't know anyone but a stranger invites you to try her coffee stout.
And it's for biscuits, duh. Biscuits are great. They go so well with soup and butter or you can make them into your own little sandwiches or have them with an egg. And the ingredients are so simple that you feel like a Little House on the Prairie character when making them. I used a brown ale for this recipe, but when making beer bread you can use whichever beer you like (!!), and have a blast experimenting with flavors. The ale was a risk, and it was good, but in my experience I prefer wheat beers in bread. Blue Moon is nice.
Brown ale beer biscuits
Grease a muffin tin and preheat an oven to 375 degrees.
Sift the flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt together. Pour in the beer and stir until combined.
Using a 1/3 measuring cup, scoop the batter into a 12 cup muffin tin. Drizzle the butter over the biscuits. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons cane sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter (melted)
8 ounces beer ( this means you're using 2/3 of a bottle, so you can drink the rest while you make it!)
- stay cozy