In January, while at the Dallas Wholesale Gift Market, Dave and I walked the Gourmet Food section. We are always looking for new food products that taste good, work well in our custom gift baskets, and are convenient for entertaining. We were so pleased to discover a family owned business called Soberdough. We tasted six of their beer breads, and they were all delicious. As soon as we tasted them we knew our customers would love the flavors, and were already pairing them in our minds with soups, chilies and salads. They even had a breakfast/dessert beer bread that we loved: Apple Fritter! Of course, that was the one I chose to make first.
These are called beer breads, but you can use any sparkling beverage. In fact, for the Apple Fritter bread they recommend using a hard cider. Well, since we already love the sparkling hard cider from Lake Chelan Winery, we thought we'd use it in this recipe. The flavor was amazing with large chunks of apple and cinnamon swirled throughout. Next, I think I'll try the Honey Wheat, and might even try it with the hard cider again for a slight apple twist. There are several new businesses making their own beers and ciders in our valley. Stay tuned for a blog from Sally about one that she really loves!