If you’ve been in either of our stores in the colder months, October to March, you know that we love Journeyman’s Old Country Goodness (OCG). It’s an apple whiskey liqueur that's made with local Michigan apple cider, apple juice, spices, and is fortified with their signature un-aged rye whiskey.
This is one of my favorite beverages that we sell, because it’s so versatile. It’s delicious served hot – when I’m hosting fall and winter gatherings, I like to warm 2 inches of water in my crock pot, and keep the bottles warm that way. I also love OCG cold – it especially makes for a really fun spin on mimosas if you’re bored of the basic orange juice version.
When I realized that my obsession drinking OCG wasn’t waning, I decided to see if it worked in recipes – spoiler alert: it’s delicious in sweet and savory applications. Our Owner/Chef Shelley Young has made a French Toast with OCG, and I’ve seen other chefs make a reduction with OCG and pair it with pork loin (after all, apples and pork are a classic pairing). I wanted to try it in a baking application, so I made an Apple Whiskey Quick Bread with Apple Whiskey Caramel that would be perfect with a warm class of OCG, a hot cup of your favorite tea, coffee, or other warm beverage. Or, you could serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream!
Apple Whiskey Bread with Apple Whiskey Caramel
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2 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon TCB fine salt
10 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup Journeyman’s OCG
1 cup grated apple (Gala or Granny Smith work well!)
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
1. In a medium size mixing bowl, blend together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and fine salt. Set aside.
2. In a separate medium size mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Add eggs to butter and sugar, and mix until well incorporated.
4. Grate apple (no need to peel – it actually gives some pretty color to the dish) and add to wet ingredients.
5. Add OCG and vanilla bean paste to wet ingredients, mixing well to combine.
6. Add the dry ingredients, in 2-3 batches, to the wet ingredients and mix to combine.
7. Spray a loaf pan, or double the batch if you prefer to make it in a Bundt pan.
8. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes, until done (a tester inserted will come out clean).
9. Let cool for 15 minutes, remove from pan, drizzle with Apple Whiskey Caramel (see recipe that follows), slice and enjoy!
Apple Whiskey Caramel
This is a simple caramel sauce that is delicious on anything!
1 jar American Spoon Salted Maple Caramel
3 Tablespoons Journeyman’s OCG
1. Combine caramel and OCG in a pan, and simmer until combined, and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Drizzle over slices of the Apple Whiskey Bread or use a fork to poke holes in the loaf and let the sauce soak in before serving.
When you’re ready to whip up this bread, come and see us at the Merchandise Mart or Lincoln Square to get your bottle of OCG and vanilla bean paste. Word of advice: buy an extra bottle of OCG. You’ll either want to drink it yourself, or it make a fantastic housewarming gift. Everyone brings wine – be different!
We’ve also got some fabulous baking classes on the calendar. These fill up quickly, so make sure to get your reservation in now: