Welcome back, Geeky Gluttons, to another episode of Munchies & Minis!
For those just joining us, Munchies & Minis is my tabletop RPG-inspired live cooking show. Once a week, I make a snack or meal to pair with a side of dice rolls. You can catch me on Twitch (unless indicated otherwise on social media) Wednesday nights at 7 pm EST.
In our last video, we made caramelized onion and mushroom-stuffed Yorkshire puddings inspired by D&D’s Feldpost Inn. This week we venture northeast to Sembia and the Dalelands for some beer-batter cream puffs inspired by The Blackwater Stout Tavern.
Curiously Sweet and Wry
Blackfeather Bridge, home of The Blackwater Stout, lies shoved slightly north of the Featherdale and Sembian border. According to the bard Volo in his Guide to the Dalelands, it is the “busiest bottleneck in the Dragon Reach lands” for its placement along Rauthauvyr’s Road and “black-painted bridge thrown up across the Ashaba” river. Only a year old when Volo writes his review, The Blackwater Stout attempts to cater to both the Featherdarren farmers and Sembian merchants with a varied drink selection, exotic fashion shows, and semi-refined finger food.
With that, the best way I can describe this tavern would be to mash a gastropub and dance club together. Take that, then throw it into a medieval European setting. The fare at the pub includes its signature ale, Blackwater Stout, “salted nuts and roasted almonds plus chilled shrimp and for a last twist, cream puffs!”
Sure, I could give you a simple choux pastry cream puff recipe and call it a day. The name of the pub, though, needs homage, so I made a beer-based cream puff. Volo describes the Blackwater Stout ale as “curiously sweet and wry in taste, as if someone had taken a strong stout and mixed in melted licorice.” So with that, I mixed up my eggy choux pastry with a nice dark stout. Anise extract is not always that easy to find in grocery stores. So I opted for some Chinese 5-spice powder that contains star anise.
Since almonds and salted nuts grace the Stout’s menu, I flavored my sweet cream filling with almond extract and sea salt. Salt actually helps sweeten bitter flavors. And it also provides a nice counterpoint to the stout-based batter.
Want to learn how to make some Blackwater Stout Cream Puffs for your adventuring party? Watch the video or find out how to get the recipe cards below!
Blackwater Stout Cream Puffs
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