I’ve always loved the way Guinness adds a terrific malted flavor to cakes and cupcakes. The stout ale thickens up the batter so nicely and the added moisture makes it so fluffy. The other day I was in the mood for some brownies and decided to give them a try with Guinness. Several recipes I saw showcased this popular beverage in brownie recipes so I combined a few different recipes to come up with my own. Luckily, the brownies came out just as I hoped. Moist, rich and full of malted flavor, they were totally enhanced by the addition of Guinness. Planning a St. Patrick’s Day party? This is the brownie for you!
Easy Guinness Brownies
adapted from About.com
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 pinch kosher salt
6 tablespoons unsalted room temperature butter
8 ounces dark bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1-1/4 cups (10 ounces) Guinness Extra Stout beer (see Note below)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Butter and flour a 13 x 9 baking and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl melt the butter and chocolate together in a microwave. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the cooled chocolate and stir to combine.
4. Fold the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until just combined. Then whisk in the beer. The batter will seem thin, but this is OK. Stir in the chocolate chips.
5. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow the brownies to cool completely before dusting with confectioners’ sugar.