Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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Calling All Chocoholics

I recently saw a recipe for Guiness Brownies on Cookie Madness. I was excited with the novelty of using beer in baking instead of cooking. I was even more excited to combine beer and chocolate. I tweaked the recipe a bit and the results were amazing. I attribute the extra chocolatey taste to the Chocolate Stout and the use of semi-sweet chocolate almost exclusively. The beer taste isn't very strong. If you didn't know there was beer in this brownie you would just think the brownies were very rich and deep in flavor. This was an interesting brownie because it looked like a cake but tasted just like you'd expect a fudgy brownie to taste. Delicious!

Chocolate Stout Brownies
Adapted from Cookie Madness (here)

½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup, plus 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted room temperature butter
1 ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 large eggs, at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup, plus 2 Tbsp Chocolate Stout Beer
½ tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp powedered sugar for dusting (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt and set aside.

Melt butter and 1 cup chocolate chips in a double-boiler over low heat, stirring constantly until melted. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in melted chocolate until combined. Alternately, mix in the flour mixture and beer beginning and ending with the flour. Then, mix in vanilla.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Top with remaining ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (you may use less).

Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.

Remove from oven and let brownies cool to room temperature. Cut into 2-inch squares and dust with powdered sugar.

Serve and enjoy!

Fresh out the oven.
A chocolate lover's dream.
I liked the plain brownies better, but the powdered sugar made them look pretty.


nadia said...

ALL of it looks GREAT, my friend!

Pinky said...

Beer in chocolate baked goods is so amazing. One of my favorites is making chocolate guiness cupcakes. Most people can't figure out what the unusual flavor is, but they love it!