Guinness Brownies

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Happy 2014 my dear readers! Wish this year brings in a lot of happiness in your lives. My December was full of travelling, some planned and some impromptu, lots of good food and great company….all in all great fun!

First recipe for this year is a boozy brownie. I have been meaning to bake with Guinness for sometime now and what better occasion to combine booze and brownies than the beginning of a new year?!?! One big reason behind this recipe is also that my husband is a big fan of Guinness and chocolate…so I thought I will make him happy Β πŸ™‚

He loved the brownies and also helped me in taking the action shot by pouring the glaze on the brownies.

After I had started making these brownies, I realized that I was short on plain dark chocolate. I was too lazy to make a round to the store – as a result I used a few different types of dark chocolates from my fridge – some had hazelnuts in them. The final result didn’t taste odd or horrible because of the hazelnut but I would not like to add that again. So when you make this recipe, please buy plain dark chocolate. Also, glaze is optional as the brownies by themselves are pretty moist, but since I was making it for my husband – it had to have glaze on it!

You definitely taste Guinness in the brownies, but if you like a stronger boozy flavor then you can add a little more in the glaze. Its totally optional as it does make the glaze slightly bitter, but if you like that flavor then go for it. Try these grown up brownies, they are a little different from the regular ones.

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Serving 9 brownies

Cooking time 20 minutes plus baking time

Ingredients

For Brownies

1 cup Guinness (or any other stout beer)

1 cup butter

1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 cup all purpose flour

3 eggs

  1. Preheat the oven at 350 F. Grease a 9×9 inch square pan.
  2. Add Guinness, butter and chocolate in a deep pan. Cook on low heat till the chocolate and butter melts forming a smooth sauce like consistency. Let cool.
  3. Once the sauce cools down (slightly warmer than room temperature), add cocoa and whisk well to form a lump free mixture. Keep aside.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk sugar and eggs together till it becomes pale and frothy.
  5. Add the Guinness sauce and mix well.
  6. Fold in the flour – the batter is ready. Pour into the pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Cool the brownies completely before glazing or cutting.

Β For the Glaze

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup Guinness (optional)

1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

1 tbsp butter

In a saucepan add all the ingredients and cook on low till it becomes a smooth sauce. Continue to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or till the sauce thickens a bit. Cool completely before pouring on the brownies.