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Mulled Beer Recipe from FleeFlyFlown.com

Today is as good of a frigid day as any to share with you my newly discovered love of Mulled Beer.

On our recent trip to Poland, we ventured to the mountain town of Zakopane where we arrived on a rainy, cold day. Determined to explore the town, we set out with our cheap travel umbrella and made it as far as the end of the main pedestrian walk, only to duck into a little traditional restaurant/bar.

There we discovered the magical warming properties of mulled beer. Not as strong and pungent as it’s wine cousin, Mulled Beer is exactly as it sounds – warmed beer with mulling spices (and a touch of honey or raspberry syrup).

Mulled Beer Spices from FleeFlyFlown.com

So here’s how we’re keeping warm in the frozen tundra of the Midwest these last few days. Enjoy this simple recipe that can be edited/changed to your tastes:

> Serves 2 (add/subtract 12 oz. bottles of beer as necessary – adjust spices as you see fit.)

Ingredients:
> 2 – 12 oz. bottles of beer. Ales or lagers work best. (Hoppy beers just turn bitter)
> 6 whole cloves
> 5 whole allspice berries
> 5 peppercorns
> 1-2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
> peel of half of one orange
> Tablespoon or so of honey per glass (or raspberry syrup if you so desire)

Optional:
> A few slices of fresh ginger
> A handful of dried cherries
> Lemon
> Coriander seeds

Directions:

Mulled Beer Recipe from FleeFlyFlown.com

Throw everything except the honey into a pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer for at least 10 minutes, covered. Ladle warmed beer into a glass and stir in honey. Garnish with cloves, orange peel and/or cinnamon sticks. Use a straw to avoid gulping down cloves!

Bonus: Give this a try with Crabbie’s Ginger Beer (and omit the honey). Also delicious!!!

Mulled Beer Recipe on FleeFlyFlown.com

Stay warm!

- Colleen McIntyre Wisniewski of Flee Fly Flown

 

A trend in Amsterdam that I am definitely on board with is “High Wine.” The Dutch like to partake in the tradition of High Tea, but we soon began to see menus for High Wine, as well.

High Wine | MarthaStewart

photo: marthastewart.com

High Wine is pretty much a cross between High Tea and Happy Hour, but a little earlier and with a touch more sophistication. So it goes without saying that I could get a couple of friends together for a nice afternoon High Wine.

Cheese Board | Design Mom

photo: designmom.com

So call up your pals and invite them over for a little Sunday afternoon tipple. Here’s a round-up of a few Autumn inspired ideas for High Wine sips and snacks…

> Choose your wine, then…

High Wine | Food inspiration

photos: bakerbettie.com, marthastewart.com, noblepig.com, modcloth blog

> Make a Fabulous Cheese (& Meat) Board

> Bake some Pumpkin Sage Scones or other savory scones.

> Don’t forget the Bacon Jam

> Or Pickeled Habanero Deviled Egg Spread on Cheesy Toast,

> And finally, add something sweet.

Bon apetit!

- Colleen McIntyre Wisniewski of Flee Fly Flown

Velvet Elvis Cupcake on Flee Fly Flown

Over the weekend, we celebrated the birth of my husband,Velvet Elvis the one and only MJWizzy. A couple years back, I made him Velvet Elvis Cupcakes and this year he requested them again.

What is a Velvet Elvis Cupcake, you ask? Well it’s a banana cupcake laced with chopped bacon covered in peanut butter frosting. It sounds weird, but the salt of the bacon cuts into some of the sweetness. The King himself was known to have loved peanut butter, bacon and banana sandwiches – this is our nod to his tastebuds, in cupcake form.

I’m still experimenting with the banana cupcake portion of the recipe – I haven’t found one that is quite perfect, but the one below held up pretty well. It was perhaps just a little more dense then I was going for. Since I’ve adapted other recipes, I’ll point you in the direction of those recipes.

Banana Cupcake recipe from Oh Sweet Day!

A note on adding bacon: For 12 cupcakes, cook 1 package of bacon first (I do mine in the oven), let it cool and chop it up. Reserve 4 slices for garnish. After you have mixed your full cupcake batter as directed, fold in the bacon at the very end, just before spooning into cupcake tin.

Similar Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe on Brown Eyed Baker.

Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon Frosting

I was raised on boxed cake mixes – they’re pretty fool proof and always turn out light and fluffy. I looked for this Banana Cake Mix at the store but no luck. If I find it, this will be my next trial for the cake portion.

Enjoy our weird recipe – I know the birthday boy did!

Happy Wednesday,

- Colleen McIntyre Wisniewski of Flee Fly Flown

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