Monday, June 8, 2009

Cherry and Peanut Cookies: Celebrating WA beer week

Day 3 of WA beer week and it's time for the third of our cooking with beer features in homage to the WA craft brewing scene. Todays offering is another yummy simple little recipe, and if you really want to impress the guests, you can half dip them in melted white chocolate and let them set. Devine!
Cherry & Peanut Cookies (Serves 30)
- 125g unsalted butter (cubed and @ room temp) - 4 ½ tbsp castor sugar
- 1 lg egg
- 2 cups plain flour (sifted) or gluten free plain flour
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1/3 cup beer (Beez Neez or Billabong Blonde work well) @ room temp.
- ¾ cup glace cherries (chopped)
- 1/3 cup unsalted peanuts (chopped)
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp cinnamon

1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C
2. Cream butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light, pale and fluffy.
3. Add eggs, beat well.
4. Mix sifted ingredients , spices and nuts together in a separate bowl.
5. Alternate adding beer, cherries & sifted ingredients to butter mixture. Mix well after each addition to ensure there are no lumps.
6. Cover and refrigerate for 30 mins.
7. Shape into small balls and arrange on a greased baking tray, flatten lightly with a fork.
8. Bake in a moderate oven for 15 mins or until golden.

Throughout the week long celebration of Western Australian brewing we will post the daily events, results and a 'cooking with beer' recipe for your delictation. So please pop back daily to see whats happening and try and get out & about to support your local brewers. If you cant support them this week, then don't forget that you can take part in a celebration of WA brewing every week with a trip on The Brewers Dray - Boutique Beer Explorer, and whats more, all new tour bookings for June & July made during WA beer week will be entitled to a
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