Friday, November 28, 2014

Munich Beer Cream

Here I am the day after Thanksgiving waiving an Oktoberfest style treat in your face. Late to the party much?

Called Münchener Biercreme in German, this unusual pudding-like dessert is flavored with a mild dark beer. The dessert itself contains no cream or milk, just gelatin to give it a pudding like consistency. However the addition of sweet whipped cream as a garnish on top takes the flavor of the dessert to a whole new level. 

I used a "dunkel" or dark German beer for this recipe but you can experiment with other types of brews. Using a weissbier or a lighter colored and flavored beer would probably create a lighter flavored pudding. I am sure there are some non-traditional, unusual flavored beers out on the market that would be fun to experiment with using this recipe. I've seen peach, coconut and creme brulee versions.

Munich Beer Cream
Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Total Time: 20 minutes 
Yield: 6 Servings 
  • 1 cup mild dark beer
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 4 large eggs, separated.
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectionary or powdered sugar
  • In the top of a double boiler (no heat yet), mix together the dark beer, 1/2 cup of the water, white granulated sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Sprinkle the gelatin over the remaining cup of water and mix it in until dissolved. 
  • Add the gelatin water to the sugared dark beer mixture. Stir to combine
  • Beat the egg yolks together slightly and stir them slowly into the beer mixture.
  • Heat water in the lower part of the double boiler until simmering and place the top part with the beer mixture in it over the simmering water.
  • Cook about 8 minutes stirring constantly until the mixture thickens a bit enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Remove the mixture from heat, cool completely.
  • Beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. 
  • Fold the egg whites into the sweet beer mixture, making sure they are thoroughly combined.
  • Spoon the beer cream into individual dessert glasses or ramkins and chill.
  • Before serving. Whip the heavy cream and the tablespoon of powdered sugar together until stiff.
  • Spoon the whipped cream on top of each portion of beer cream and serve immediately. 

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