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Welsh Rarebit

4 slices dense, hearty brown bread
1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
5 tablespoons dark ale (NOT beer)
2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
12 teaspoon salt
14 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat a broiler. Place the bread slices on a baking sheet. Place under the broiler and toast, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, 30-40 seconds on each side. Remove from the broiler. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the cheddar and the dark ale. When the cheese melts, add the butter, Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the cayenne, and whisk together until smoothly melted and combined, 1-2 minutes. Cut each piece of toast in half, diagonally, and arrange around the edges on a flameproof platter. Pour the cheese mixture over the toasts so they are covered completely. Place the platter under the broiler and broil until the cheese bubbles and starts to scorch in places, about 2 minutes. Remove from the broiler and serve piping hot.

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