The sticky toffee exterior of this easy dessert hides a moist and bitterwseet Guinness quickbread interior.  It's so perfectly gooey and sweet, balanced by the creamy Guinness flavor- good luck eating just one piece.  I think it's best fresh out of the oven, steaming hot with the toffee still melting down the sides, but you can have it chilled as well.  Imagine a thick slice of this with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream in the center!  Oh, heavens.

The great part is that this also makes really great gifts as a dry mix.  It's spicy scent and rich caramel goodness also makes it a great dessert for Fall and Winter holidays.

*Note: you probably want to make two. Or three.
makes: one loaf
time: 1 hour

3 cups flour
3 T. baking powder
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves

6 T. unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 T. heavy cream

12 oz. Guinness

Preheat oven to 350'

Mix bread ingredients together in a large bowl.  Slowly add the beer to the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir until just mixed together to preserve as much carbonation as possible.  

In a microwave-safe bowl or large glass measuring cup, combine toffee ingredients and microwave for 30 seconds on high.  Stir together, then microwave on high for 30 more seconds, or until butter is melted and all is mixed together.  Pour half of the toffee mixture into the bottom of a loaf pan.  Pour batter into loaf pan.

Pour remaining toffee mixture over batter and bake for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then turn upside-down onto a plate to slice and serve.


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