Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dallas Morning News Taste Section 4/23/14

Dean Fearing's Chocolate Shiner Bock Cake.

I live in Texas, Shiner Bock Beer, from Shiner, Texas is our Beer of Choice here.
When I read the recipes in the paper this morning, I had to post this recipe from Dean Fearing.
Dean is a well known celebrity Chef in Dallas. He's written a cookbook , The Texas Food Bible: From Legendary Dishes to New Classics.

I've added some personal points as I wrote the recipe.
This recipe is baked in 2- (9"X 9") Cake Pans.

The cake can also be baked in a 9"X13" pan for 35 minutes.

Dean Fearing's Chocolate Shiner Bock Cake

2 1/4 C light brown sugar
20 TBS (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for greasing pan ( I use my Pan Release Mix).
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla paste  (available at Williams Sonoma and online)  ( I would use 2 tsp vanilla extract)
1 3/4 C all purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan ( I use my Pan Release Mix)
3/4 C Dutch Process Cocoa
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 C (12oz.) Shiner Bock Beer
Shiner Toffee Sauce (recipe to follow)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Generously coat the interior of  2- (9" square ) cake pans with butter. ( I use my Pan Release Mix)

In a Stand Mixer, with a paddle attachment:
Brown Sugar
Beat until light and fluffy.

Add Eggs (one at a time)
Add Vanilla.

In a medium bowl:
Baking Soda
Whisk well.

With the mixer on low, add dry ingredients, alternating with the Beer.
Beat just until well blended.

Scrape the batter into the pans, smooth with a spatula.
Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
Remove pans from oven a place on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
Cut into squares and serve warm topped with Shiner Toffee Sauce.

Shiner Toffee Shop:
Here's what you'll need:

4 C Sugar
1 1/2 C Cold Water
1 1/3 C Heavy Cream
1/4 C additional Sugar
1 - (12oz.) Bottle of Shiner Bock Beer
2 TBS Salt

Combine together in a saucepan on medium heat:
4 C Sugar
1 1/2 C Cold Water
Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
Sauce will begin to turn golden brown.

Stir constantly while slowly adding 1 3/4 C Heavy Cream.
It will bubble up, continue stirring.

When all of the Cream has been added, stir in additional Sugar, Shiner Bock Beer and Salt.
Gently simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir constantly until cooled.
Makes about 6 cups.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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