Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Guinness Brownies

Guinness Brownies

There aren't many big drinkers in my family. I like the occasional cocktail, and I do love a glass of red wine, but I have to be around friends to indulge. Brad doesn't drink at all, which means that when it comes to recipes that require alcohol, well, I usually pass. (To be honest I've never even stepped inside an ABC** store!) Yesterday, however, I found myself at the grocery store on my dinner break and what should I find but a big St. Patrick's Day pile of various Irish beers. I bought two packs - Guinness and a pale ale. What can I say? That pan of brownies that my co-worker brought in Sunday got me thinking....

Guinness Brownies

I've seen various recipes for Guinness brownies, but I've never actually baked them because I wondered (read: worried) if the beer flavor would be noticeable. (It's not.) While I could smell the beer while these brownies baked there is no beer taste to them. In fact it seems that Guinness has a similar effect on chocolate that coffee does; it makes these brownies seem even more chocolatey. Of course bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder and chocolate chips probably add to the chocolate factor, but I doubt I'll get any complaints about those ingredients! While these brownies are nice and dark they're more cake-like than fudgy, and they definitely lean to the adult side of the brownie spectrum. This is not a dessert I'd serve to a group of first-graders, but I'd definitely bring a batch along to any St. Patrick's Day parties I'm headed to. A Guinness in one hand, and a Guinness brownie in the other. Yes, I believe those are two things that any Irishman (or lady) would be pleased to hold!

Guinness Brownies

Guinness Brownies
Adapted from About.com
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Ingredients
1 cup flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt*
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces dark bittersweet chocolate (chopped or measured chips)
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups Guinness Extra Stout beer, room temperature, no foam
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease 9x13 pan. (I used glass.)
2. In medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder and salt until evenly combined. Set aside.
3. In double boiler over low heat, melt butter, bittersweet chocolate and white chocolate chips. Stir constantly until melted. Remove from heat.
4. In large bowl, beat eggs and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy; about 3 minutes. Add spoonful of egg mixture to chocolate mixture to cool it off (you don't want to cook your eggs.) Add chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat well.
5. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and beat until just combined. Whisk in beer. Pour in chocolate chips and stir to combine. Pour into prepared pan.
6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes (checking for doneness starting at 25 minutes). Brownies are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let brownies cool to room temperature before cutting.

* Thank you to those who noticed the salt error in the recipe. It now reads 1/4 teaspoon of salt, not just 1/4 salt.

** An ABC store is an Alcoholic Beverage Control store, which is what we call liquor stores in many parts of the U.S. See here for N.C.

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23 comments:

  1. Yay for cooking with Guinness! It should be mandatory for all bloggers this time of year. :) The brownies look amazing - just amazing! Nice job! I went the savory route with the stout. Cheers!

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  2. I think I could love these brownies more than Guinness itself (which is saying a lot).

    I can't wait to try these... I'd just seen a recipe for Black and Tan Brownies and was whining that I wouldn't have time to make them for today's holiday... and now these are on that list too. Good thing I have no problem drinking Guinness any day, holiday or not!

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  3. LOL, I don't drink at all either but don't mind a bit of alcohol in my food. :) Bottomline....can I top these with vanilla ice cream? Yes? I'm in.
    ~ingrid

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  4. Hey,
    First time here.My knees go weak just looking at those fabulous brownies. The Irish soda bread looks equally divine.
    Would you be interested in participating in a giveaway? I have one going on at my blog right now.
    -Cool Lassi(e)

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  5. Slainte!

    I'm not Irish but I like to use that whenever possible.

    That being said - GREAT post. I need to try these next. I made Guinness cupcakes not too long ago and it added a whole new dimension of richness to the cake. I can't even imagine how ridiculous these brownies are.

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  6. oooo! My husband would adore these! WE tried a Guinness cake once...but I'm thinking brownies would be even better. Adding this to my list.

    I just found your blog through a comment you left on Little Green Notebook and I'm a big fan! Count me in as your newest follower. :)

    Bre @ http://theredbungalow.blogspot.com

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  7. I just made these and they were a huge hit! I'm not sure why, but mine came out more fudgy than cakey. Weird! Thanks for the recipe.

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  8. You may get even better results with a chocolate stout instead of Guiness. Yes, I know, Guiness is famous and all but there are many far better stouts out there, some of which stringly emphasize a chocolate flavor. Try Rouge's Shakespeare Stout, for example.

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  9. I just wanted to let you know that I stumbledupon'ed your website, and I immediately bookmarked this recipe. I had been waiting for a special time to make this, and then my friend's birthday came along. She is from Ireland but living in the states so I thought, "How perfect!" I followed the recipe except that I used salted butter so I put less than 1 1/4 tsp salt. They came out exactly as I imagined. I too do not like Guinness, but I do love chocolate and these brownies!!

    Thanks again for the recipe. Would you mind if I make a link to your recipe/blog in my own?

    Now I just have to find someone to drink the rest of the beer!

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  10. I got a little worried when I started making these because the batter was so soupy! But they turned out great! I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with the extra 5 bottles of beer though. More brownies?
    -Christine

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  11. My husband thanks you for this recipe because he is drinking the remaining Guinness in the bottle :)

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  12. OK so I couldn't wait until they were cool....cut a small corner...excellent brownies!!! Amazing there's beer in them! Good recipe - thanks for sharing :)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Made this recipe with the following changes: used semi-sweet choc chips instead of white chocolate. Not sure what white chocolate would contribute to this recipe - wanted as rich and deep a chocolate flavor as possible. Also, used alderwood smoked salt instead of regular. Even though it's just 1/4 tsp, it made a huge difference. And added 1 tsp vanilla.

    The batter does seem soupy but brownies look amazing so apparently it's all good!

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    1. Not sure about the white chocolate, either, but it works. Glad you enjoyed them!

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  14. Is there supposed to be any type of baking soda or powder in the recipe? I'm pretty sure everything I've ever baked in my life has had one of the two. Just curious... thanks!

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    1. Hi, Beth. The recipe works as written. I believe the eggs and beer stand in to help the brownies rise!

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  15. OMWord...made these for St. Patrick's Day. Heavenly! I topped them with vanilla frosting. Sheesh...YUMMY!

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  16. Do they taste like Guinness?? I was thinking of making them for my boyfriend and I know he absolutely adores the taste of Guinness!

    -Gaby

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    1. Hi, Gaby! They don't really - the chocolate is quite strong - but they're still awesome!

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  17. I'm under age and was planning on making these for my mom's birthday. All she buys is regular Guinness so I was wondering if that could be substituted for the Guinness Extra Stout. If you could let me know that would be great! Thanks :)

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    1. Hi, Abby. (That's my name, too!) I would think any Guinness would work. Enjoy!

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