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Jun 7, 2009 11:31 AM

baked goods that go well with beer?

I'm going to be setting up a bake sale at a local arts 'street festival.' I need to bake things that look good, travel well, and go well with beer! I was thinking brownies, some cookies, and maybe a savoury pretzel or scone. Any good ideas? Cheap and easy and maybe even freezable are key!

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    1. Check out this recent topic about savory quick breads. They could be made in the small foil loaf pans. Wrapped properly, they freeze well. Some tasty ideas here.

        1. that's sort of like asking what foods go best with wine without specifying the grape or varietal. are there going to be multiple beers? the same dessert won't necessarily pair as well with a pale ale as it will with an oatmeal stout.

          anyway, without knowing more, any of these should work:
          - soft pretzels
          - brownies (chocolate & dark beer are a terrific match)
          - blondies (the butterscotch/caramel notes go nicely with lighter beers)
          - gingerbread or carrot cake (maybe do them as cupcakes?)
          - pound cake
          - red velvet cupcakes

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            To be honest, to go with many kinds of beer. Basically, there is a street near me in London that has open art galleries late one Thursday a month. During the summer, it becomes an excuse for a certain set to come hang out, see some art, but mainly congregate with cans of beer on the street. I'm trying to be entrepreneurial. At the most recent one, a hippy was making some vaguely Indian/south east asian salad that he served in a cornet made from junk mail. Other people bbq and sell burgers. This is england, where drinking before dinner is a not uncommon phenomenon, and I would like to tap into drunken impulse purchasing. Ideally, I'd like to keep it super simple. One or two things that are basically indestructible; I'll be taking them on the bus before hand.

          2. Taralli are my favorite snacks to eat with beer. They are like crunchy, little golden pretzels with fennel, red pepper, or black pepper. My favorite is fennel. When I get to NJ to visit my husband's family I come back with bags of them.


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            1. re: jazzy77

              If I make these, I'll keep them all for myself! Where in NJ do you get them?

              1. re: jazzy77

                My FIL always takes us to Mulberry Street in Brick, NJ. They have bags of them in large circles, but you can also buy them in a smaller shape that resembles those magnetic ribbons that people like to put on the back of their cars. I like the big circles because they are really crunchy, but the little ones are awesome with small segments of smoked fresh mozzerella.

                Here's the website - I've never seen the taralli on the website - maybe they aren't considered "gourmet" enough:

       also has the little ones:

                Oh, and if you ask someone in NJ about them, they are pronounced "tah-rells", with a slight roll on the "r."