Homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream and a Chocolate Stout Float

Every blog I've been reading has been either excited or depressed that its the end of summer. For the first time in 10 years, I can finally feel it happening! In Las Vegas, autumn would always hit us overnight at Halloween time. I know this because throughout October it would still be hot enough that you'd think you could pull off that skanky halloween costume. And then like 2 days before Halloween the weather would be all "nope!" and you'd freeze your butt off. Those were the college days...don't worry, since I've grown into my late 20s I no longer wear those skanky halloween costumes. Last year I was Andrew for Halloween, beard, cigar, and the rest of the getup. Hardly any skin showing:

Now that I live 8 hours north of Vegas, its safe to say seasons are a little more prominent. Our days are still 90 degrees but it drops to the low 60s at night. Talk about a mountain town!

So before the summer totally slips away from us, let me share this awesome beer float I made this weekend. In attempts to spend only $30 on our groceries each week, I'm obviously not buying any snacks or desserts. But sometimes you've got to satisfy that sweet tooth! Ice cream can be a super inexpensive dessert to make and will last you as long as you can let it in the freezer (before eating it).

The Pairing

I don't think I need to go into too much detail of why peanut butter ice cream goes with chocolate stout. Thanks to Reese's ads, I grew up knowing the two go hand-in-hand.The key here is to make sure you're putting a sweet, chocolate-y stout into that beer float. Stay away from traditional dry Irish Stout like Guinness or Murphy's (unless you intentionally want a coffee-flavored float, which I do not prefer). I also paired sweet stout with those mouth-watering brownies I posted a while back, so the same principles apply here. These are some of my favorite stouts to pair with dessert:

  • Great Basin Outlaw Milk Stout (used in this recipe!)
  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
  • Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout
  • Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout
  • Samuel Adams Cream Stout

Just look for "sweet", "cream", or "milk" stout on the label. That means you're good to go.

The Recipe

Now I am no expert at creating ice cream recipes from scratch yet. The recipe I used to make my peanut butter ice cream was from Ashlee Marie's blog. (And side note, I've totally fallen in love with her blog and started following it...I love the simplicity of her recipes and layout of her posts.)

So to make the float...do I really need to explain? I put 3 scoops of the peanut butter ice cream in my glass and filled it with sweet stout. Then I ate it (and drank it). If you feel like being really creative you can put a few salted peanuts or chocolate sauce in the float, but it was absolutely delicious just as it was. Eat it quickly as the ice cream will melt!  I may just need one of these for dessert tonight...mmmm....

Happy Pairing!

Perfect Pairing: Fudge Brownies and Sweet Stout

Ever had a stout with your dessert? If you haven't had that "Aha!" moment yet in pairing beer with food, this recipe will be sure to change your world!

I'm drooling over these pictures as I write this post! It is so hard not walk 15 feet over to the kitchen and eat the entire pan of brownies. I rarely make desserts--I've only posted one other dessert pairing on this blog as I'm not a huge fan of sweets, but man, every once in a while all I want is brownies.

And let me tell you, I have found the recipe of all brownie recipes. I'm writing this one down and won't ever search for another one. Its THAT good. When I stumbled upon it this morning on Yammie's Noshery blog, I knew it was the one. The first words on this girl's "About Me" blurb says she's a chocoholic, after all.

The Pairing

Pairing stout beer with chocolate desserts is a pretty common thing in the world of beer pairings--can't say I ever actually tried it though (again...I never really eat dessert!). This pairing, with the specific recipe and local Great Basin Brewery's "Outlaw Milk Stout", was almost an epiphany for me. With the first bite and sip, it brought me back to why I started this blog in the first place: to find great food and drink pairings.

The key to this pairing is to choose a very sweet, chocolatey stout. There are many different kinds of stouts out there. The one we know most commonly, Guinness, is an example of a Irish Dry Stout (Murphy's is the other popular beer in this style). Dry stouts are great but not the best choice to pair with desserts. For this recipe, choose a sweeter style like a Milk (Sweet) Stout, Oatmeal Stout, or Foreign Extra Stout. These styles are indeed sweeter and more chocolatey than their Dry Irish counterparts, thus complementing the chocolate and sweetness of the brownies. And don't think this will be chocolate overload--it is so much better than pairing the brownies with milk, I promise!

A note on milk stouts: don't think that these stouts necessarily taste "milky" which could be considered gross in any other situation than this one. To make a milk (sweet) stout, brewers add lactose, the sugars found in dairy products, to sweeten the beer. Alternatively, oatmeal stouts are created by literally adding oatmeal to the mash, which does not necessarily alter the flavor but adds a more mellowed, rounded texture to the stout. Both of these styles expose a more chocolatey character to the beer over the typical roasted flavors you'd find in dry stouts. Milk stout is truly my favorite type of stout since the added sweetness quenches whatever form of sweet tooth I have.

Recommended Milk Stout and Oatmeal Stout to Pair with Brownies

  • Great Basin Brewery Outlaw Milk Stout (paired in this blog post, and possibly my favorite stout out there--it's so chocolatey!)
  • Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout
  • Young's Double Chocolate Stout (the first dark beer I ever liked. I remember equating it to chocolate milk)
  • Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout
  • Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout
  • Samuel Adams Cream Stout

Happy Pairing!