So, I decided to try this recipe for beer brownies. I had some Guinness left over from stew making, and since we don't drink beer, it needed to be used up. It sounds like a weird thing to be cooking with, but it really did make a wonderful taste in the stew, so I thought, what they hey, give it a shot. The original recipe came from ArmyWifeToddlerMom, a link I posted the last time I obsessed on brownies.
I did want a more fudgy brownie, so I added a little more butter than the recipe called for, and also a smidgy more chocolate. The result was a dense, moist-but-still-cakelike brownie, with a definite flavor twist coming from the Guinness. If I make these again, I'll probably use a lot less beer because this is a flavor I just can't get used to. Maybe I'm stuck in a rut, chocolate-wise, because the hubs thought these were the best thing since sliced bread. I didn't tell him they had beer in them, and he didn't seem to notice the beer-ish smell or taste. He just said they were GREAT, and went back for more. Do you suppose it's a man thing?
Anyway, here's the destructions, as I made them:
3/4 cup sugar
9 oz. dark chocolate
5 oz. white chocolate
8 tbsp unsalted butter (1 stick)
3/4 c flour
3/4 c cocoa
1 1/4 c Guinness Stout
Powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar)
Preheat the oven to 375° F and butter an 8 inch square cake pan.
Place butter and chocolate (broken into pieces or chopped) in a saucepan over a low heat to melt. While the chocolate is melting, beat together the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. When the chocolate is melted, pour into the bowl and mix well. In a small bowl, sift together flour and cocoa. Add slowly to the large bowl and mix well. Last, whisk in the Guinness.
Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out almost clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar on top and cut into squares to serve.
UPDATE: Interesting side note - I gave these to the hubs' bandmates which consists of 5 guys and 1 girl, and all the guys raved, loved them, scarfed them up. The girl didn't like them. I really wonder if there's something genetic about guys and beer. Something different in their taste buds?