Monday, December 8, 2008

Sweet Spiced Beer Sauce

Mrs Grendel was away - and she had the car. So the boys were enjoying a 'Curious George' marathon, before Junior Grendel Number One decided to battle the forces of evil in Command and Conqueor while Junior Grendel Number Two watched Seasame Street for the 3rd time today.

I've had a loaf of bread in the oven and for some reason decided to make spiced beer sauce.

I have no idea what it is for. It is one of those things I make up from time to time and I have been thinking about it since we went to make our latest batch of beer (and added a stick of cinnamon).

I used a 500ml can of India Pale Ale, 1 cup of brown sugar, two sticks of cinnamon and some chopped fresh ginger. I reduced this over a low heat for half an hour. I then filtered the sauce before adding the ginger pieces and cinnamon sticks back into the jar.

A deep bronze colour while in the saucepan it is a dark treacle now and tastes great!

Now what? Beer sauce on ice cream? perhaps beer thickshakes, baked ham with beer baste, pears in beer sauce - the possibilities are endless!

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