The Short Cut Cook strikes again!6

Posted on March 13, 2012 by ChristieTV appearances

They let me back on TV! This time the Breakfast team asked me to cook two unusual recipes using… beer. Sweet recipes.

Quite a difficult brief – but I was glad I didn’t have to do any deep frying on live TV – that could have ended in disaster. Once you look past beer batters, pies and long braises, beer is actually quite versatile and works great in selected sweet recipes.

Click here to view the video online. It’s a direct link to my 4 minute segment. Enjoy!

Beer peanut brittle

First recipe was peanut brittle flavoured with beer. Simply boil a cup of peanuts in a cup of beer mixed with 1/3 cup sugar. Spread out onto an oiled baking tray and sprinkle with sea salt flakes. Make a quick caramel using 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons of water. Pour it over and bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely then break into pieces and serve.

Guinness and chocolate cake

I adapted this Nigella Lawson recipe by substituting in 80g of ground almonds for some of the flour and a tablespoon of Bailey’s instead of vanilla extract. I also popped some Bailey’s into the icing. It’s a great cake for St Patricks Day!

I promise to be more organised with full photos and recipes for my next TV appearance!

Have you tried cooking with beer?

Christie x
  • Great job! Haha those boys definitely need to be bossed about. And I had no idea that beer was so versatile :D

  • Great job Christie, those fellas sure like to give you a run for your money don’t they :) You’ll have to make the poor guy a gluten free cake for coeliac awareness week, 13-20 of March, that way he can share the love too! :)

  • Congratulations :) what a fab job!

  • Nice work Christie…lovely recipes!

  • Lee

    And they are sending you into space to feed the Chinese?

  • Awesome job Christie! Love your style :)

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