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5 sweet recipes for beer lovers

Beer with your favourite treats? Good. Beer in your favourite treats? Even better! It turns out baking and cooking are just better when brews are in the mix. This is especially true during the holidays, when rich chocolate, caramel, coffee and cream pop up in everything you make. Cool-weather beers, like stouts, porters and amber ales, play well with and enhance these flavours, making your favourite indulgences that much more enjoyable. Here are five of our favourites to try right now.

  1. Chocolate Stout Crème Brûlée
  2. Crème brûlée doesn’t get better than this. Chocolate and stout bump up the flavour of the creamy filling, and the crackly sugar top is super-easy to make.

  3. Maple-Glazed Stout Gingerbread Bundt Cake
  4. A simple spice cake mix gets a boost from warm holiday spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Molasses and stout give this cake a moist, tender texture and deep caramel flavour.

  5. Stout Affogato
  6. Meet your new favourite pick-me-up: hot espresso mixed with cool stout and poured generously over a scoop of your favourite ice cream. (We recommend vanilla bean, coffee or almond flecked.)

  7. Amber Ale Salted Caramel Sauce
  8. Just five ingredients go into this rich, sticky-sweet sauce. Your first thought may be to pour it over ice cream or cake (which is smart), but you may also want to drizzle it over pancakes. (Mind blown.)

  9. Stout Gingerbread Cookies
  10. Soft, crackly topped and brimming with holiday spices, these cookies are an A+ on Santa’s Christmas Eve plate.

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