Oktoberfest is upon us, and beer is the order of the day. If you are an avowed wine drinker and think you don’t like beer, Robyn Schumacher, a certified cicerone (think “beer sommelier”) and cofounder of Stoup Brewing Company in the heart of Northwest’s craft beer country, begs to differ. Read on to find your perfect beer match and plan a party menu worthy of the best biergartens.
Everyone needs a delicious coffee cake recipe in their repertoire, and this cinnamon streusel coffee cake recipe is the perfect option. Meaning "something strewn" in Old German, streusel is easy to throw together -- and then to throw on top of this sour-cream coffee cake. The sweet glaze in the recipe is the perfect coffee cake topping.
This pudding-like German dessert is generally made with fresh red currants as the base. Adding other red fruits, such as raspberries, strawberries, and cherries, is common, but if doing so, use them in place of the second pound of currants in step 2. This dessert is also nice topped with creme anglaise instead of whipped cream.
Based on the famous Linzer torte, these cookies combine the classic nutty and fruity elements but in a smaller package. Stars are nice, but by all means use cookie cutters of any kind (cookiecutter.com).
Leveling the tops of the cakes helps them to stack neatly and makes a smooth surface for frosting. For easier trimming, refrigerate the cooled cake layers for about an hour before slicing off the tops with a long serrated knife.