BeerFestivals.org for a beer festival near you.
I also recommend watching the movie, How Beer Saved the World. It's available online and I believe on Netflix. Craft Beer covers the history of beer and, of course, no post about beer would be complete without a reference to Beer Advocate, one of the best online and print resources about beer.
National Coffee Cake Day
When I think of coffee cake, I think of a white sponge cake with cinnamon-y crumble topping that's a sweet start to the day. Coffee cake is also a perfect featured dish for a brunch party. Coffee cake doesn't actually refer to a particular type of cake- rather, it refers to the way the cake is eaten with coffee. As far as I know, there is no coffee cake recipe that uses coffee as an ingredient, but there may well be. Coffee cake refers to a whole bunch of cakes - some with fruit, some with cinnamon, some with nuts - but all sweet and typically consumed with coffee.
|Thick, chunky batter|
To celebrate National Coffee Cake Day, I chose to make the cake portion of this Apple-Cinnamon-Walnut Coffee Cake but for the topping I used the Cinnamon Crumb Topping and added some of the failed caramel from a couple of days ago. I also used vanilla soy milk instead of milk. I baked it for 25 minutes because with a sweet crumble top it's hard to do the toothpick test - the topping will stick to the toothpick.
|Fresh out of the oven!|
If I make this cake again, I think I'll make it without the topping and in a smaller pan so that the cake is a little thicker.