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Exploring the breweries of Boulder by bicycle is always a good idea, and the guys over at Beer City Television make you want to immediately grab two wheels and drink an organic beer.

In this segment, they take a look at what exactly it means to brew organic beer, meeting with Colorado’s first all-organic brewery, Asher Brewing Company founder and brewmaster Chris Asher.

Beer City Television is a monthly webisodes with host Stephen Angus and producer Eric Keeney that visits some of Colorado’s finest breweries and beer events to share with you, the craft beer enthusiast.

image Quinoa Apple Spice Cake

This Quinoa Apple Spice Cake isn’t just a cake. It’s an institution. Can you really make that claim about a baked good? Yes. Only because of the fact that when most people think of quinoa, they think of a poorly cooked grain that they want to love but just can’t seem to come around to. Two solutions to this problem:

1. Learn how to cook quinoa well (ie throw a little olive oil and sea salt in when you’re boiling it – easy!)
2. Use it in cake. Nothing says “I know a thing or two about cooking” than putting a complete protein grain into a dessert.

This is one of those simple “mix and pour” cakes, meaning that you would have to go out of your way to mess it up. If you like a denser cake, lean towards the shorter side of baking time.

And serve with coffee and a good food politics article of course.

Quinoa Spice Cake

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 large organic apple, peeled and diced
3 eggs
8 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup organic sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
shredded coconut

Preparation:

Cook quinoa and set aside. To cook quinoa, bring two cups of water to a boil. Add quinoa and a dash of salt and let simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until water has cooked off.

Mix dry ingredients.

Whisk coconut oil and eggs together and add to dry mixture.

Combine all ingredients, including quinoa, and stir in apple pieces.

Grease a 9-inch round pan with coconut oil, cover with a light layer of shredded coconut. Pour batter in and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350F or until knife inserted into center comes out clean.

This recipe happens to taste great with a multitude of extras thrown in. Play around with a handful of chocolate chips and some candied ginger for a real treat.

Like this recipe? It’s in the Culinary Cyclist cookbook with plenty of other good stuff… you might want to snag a copy. 

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