16 March 2013

Triple Chocolate Guinness Brownies




Discovering a Blast from the Past

I have just discovered a truly awesome dessert for St. Patrick’s Day.  The recipe is flavored with a full bottle of Guinness Stout and is easily prepared from ingredients you are likely to have on hand, especially on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.


Not uncharacteristically, I am a little late to the game. This recipe came from a newspaper clipping.  I think I found it in The Oregonian.  The headline reads “Best Recipes of 2003.” There the recipe is attributed to “The New Irish Table” by Margaret M. Johnson.


I’m not sure why it took me a full decade to try it. I am a true fan of chocolate and I enjoy Guinness. Of course having the right recipe in hand at the right time to create a seasonal indulgence is a gift that sometimes escapes me. Luckily this year all of the required elements fell into place.




Elegant Brownies

These brownies, though essentially basic, are still a bit unusual. While brownies are most often described on a scale ranging from chewy to cake-like these little gems are in a whole other realm.  These have an elegant texture that isn’t really chewy, nor is it especially cakelike.  Instead they have a consistency more like a mousse cake or even a light cheesecake. These have a fine, though heavy, crumb and the compelling attribute of being both moist and very chocolately without being overly sweet.  They cut nicely into neat squares and look pretty topped with a dusting of powdered sugar. 


I followed the recipe with little variation.  By necessity I used regular sugar rather than the superfine sugar specified in the original recipe.  They simply didn’t have superfine sugar at my local grocery store.  I’m not sure what benefit it might offer anyway but I began the day determined to follow the directions as written, so I had to at least look. Once I couldn’t find the superfine sugar I figured what the heck and added a Tablespoon of espresso powder on a personal whim.  I think I had Irish Coffee on my mind and I love the smoky depth that coffee flavors add to chocolate. 


I also added a few minutes to the baking time.  At 25 minutes, the maximum time prescribed in the recipe, they still left my testing toothpick covered with chocolate. I baked them for another five minutes before removing them from the oven. Once cooled, the center turned out to be done but the edges were a little dry.  I might bake them just a minute or two less next time.




Triple Chocolate Guinness Brownies
Slightly adapted from The Oregonian’s recipe for Grace Neill’s Chocolate and Guinness Brownies

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate  (chips or chopped)
4 ounces white chocolate (chips or chopped)
¾ cup all-pupose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 Tablespoon espresso powder (optional)
4 eggs
¾ cup sugar
1¼ cups Guinness stout
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease an 8” x 8” square pan.

In a small saucepan gently melt the butter, bittersweet chocolate and white chocolate over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth.  Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and espresso powder (if desired).  Set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs until frothy.  Add the sugar slowly beating until the mixture is smooth and lemon colored, several minutes.

Add the chocolate mixture and continue beating until well combined. 

Add the flour mixture and beat just until combined.

Whisk in the Guinness until the batter is smooth.

Pour batter into the prepared 8” x 8” pan. Bake at 375F for approximately 25 – 30 minutes or until the center springs back when touched lightly in the center. 

Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. 

When cool, cut into small squares (at least 16) and dust with a generous coating of powdered sugar.

Serve and Enjoy!

4 comments:

Kate said...

MMMMMM...these do sound mighty good! A special treat....Happy St. Pat's Day!

grace said...

those are TALL and DENSE and GOOEY. very nice!

Lisa said...

Thanks Kate! Hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day!

And Grace - I knew this would be good when I saw the source. :-) Grace is great name in inspired desserts!

Kimberlie Robert said...

Hello Lisa,

I just wanted to let you know that I was so inspired by this brownie recipe, I made it and fell in love. They were absolutely delicious. I want to thank you and congratulations on your beautiful blog. I too have a food blog where I make cookies, and I posted this recipe because they came out so well. I gave you full credit and a link back to your site. You can find my post here http://www.thefinercookie.com/cookie-recipes/6j74qfbsgaa07zpsnurw7x0lctiejc?rq=guinness.

Many thanks
Best,
Kim
The Finer Cookie