The holiday season demands decadence, I think.
It’s cold and miserable outside and warm and toasty inside. There are fires in the fireplace and there are no bikinis to fit into so no one will notice if you have a few extra treats. (At least not until spring, that is…)
Apparently the fine fellows at Southern Pines Brewing Company had the same idea (although perhaps not about bikini season) when they created this limited-release beer just in time for Christmas. It’s a Belgian Dark Strong Ale that is both delicious and decadent and reminds me of rich mahogany and many leather-bound books.
Also, toffee, because that makes more sense. This pairing needed something more than just toffee, though. It needed substance and over-the-top-ness. So I just kept going until I ran out of things to layer.
- 1/4 C Belgian Dark Strong Ale (I used Grand Cru from SPBC)
- 2/3 C butter, softened
- 3/4 C pure-cane brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
- 1 C rolled oatmeal
- 1/4 t cinnamon
- 1/4 C toffee bits
- 1/2 C pure cane sugar
- 1/2 C pure cane brown sugar
- 1 C belgian dark strong ale (again, Grand Cru)
- 1/2 C butter
- 1/2 C heavy cream
- 1/2 C light corn syrup
- 6 oz dark chocolate, melted
- 6 oz white chocolate, melted
- 1/4 C toffee bits
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Beat butter and sugar together until creamy. Beat in egg and beer.
- Mix in flour, oatmeal, and cinnamon until combined.
- Fold in toffee bits.
- Press into a greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes or until beginning to turn golden.
- Set aside to cool.
- In a large saucepan over med-high heat, whisk together all ingredients.
- Keep stirring so that nothing burns until mixture reaches 240-degrees (soft ball stage).
- Remove from heat and pour over cooled oatmeal shortbread.
- Allow caramel to set up (I popped mine in the fridge for a couple of hours or so because I'm impatient...and then forgot about them)
- Cut into bars
- Drizzle dark and white chocolates over the cooled bars and sprinkle with toffee bits (before the chocolate sets!)
- Enjoy! Don't forget the glass of Grand Cru!