There is something mysterious and alluring about Alaska. Beautiful landscapes pushing past a transcendental, white washed façade. I’ll even forgive her the birth of ignorant, poorly spoken, female politicians to glimpse the majesty of the Aurora Borealis. It just may be because of this enchanted terrain that the beer seems to have a prestigious eminence. The water is clearer and more ethereal, giving rise to a superior scaffolding for the detailed flavors put forth in Alaskan craft beer.
The Alaskan Brewing Smoked Porter has a bold, creamy, smoked profile that bridges the flavors of bacon and chocolate in these muffins. The savory sweet interplay works well for breakfast or dessert, or anytime in between.
Chocolate, Bacon & Porter Muffins
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup Smoked Porter
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
3 strips of bacon, cooked, chopped
Preheat oven to 400.
In a large bowl, combine the cocoa powder, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and smoked paprika, whisk until well combined.
In a seperate bowl, beat the egg and the oil. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the egg/oil, chocolate chips and the beer. Stir until combined.
Spray muffin tins with butter flavored cooking spray (or line with muffin tins). Add the batter to the muffin tins until about 2/3 full. Top with the chopped bacon, evenly distributed between the muffin tins.
Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the top springs back when touched.