Spiced Guinness Brownies

6/14/13

Spiced Guinness Brownies / une gamine dans la cuisine


With Father's Day almost upon us, I thought it only appropriate to share a jaunty, masculine, recipe. Of course it's perfectly okay for ladies to enjoy their stout too - I do, despite my mom's clucking whenever I reach for a Guinness at summer get-togethers.


Usually for Father's Day I pay tribute to my dad's memory by making something laced with his beloved peanut butter. This year however, with the wonderful crop of summer ales and stouts from the local microbrewery, I decided to go a different route. My dad loved wine, but even he enjoyed the occasional dark, flavourful, elixir. Unfortunately my stout stash had been depleted before I could use it for baking. (I blame me.) So instead of using a local brew, I went with classic Guinness. Thank goodness for backup.



Spiced Guinness Brownies / une gamine dans la cuisine


When I enjoy a glass of wine, I long to play the cello (someday I shall!). When I drink exotic cocktails, I listen to Nouvelle Vague and want to learn how to tango, and speak Portuguese, and chill out on a beach in Ibiza. But when I drink an ice cold, dark stout, I want to slip on a comfy summer dress and equally comfy ballet flats, sit on the porch at twilight and hang out with my nearest & dearest friends. Just a bunch of thirty-somethings listening to Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, and Dave Matthews Band (circa 1994), wondering how we're suddenly 30-something.

These brownies are kind of like that - comfortable, unpretentious, and capable of keeping secrets (like how many you're about to inhale, and what you did inhale in your college dorm). They are slightly on the "cakey" side, but I think that's because I over-thought things and overmixed the batter. The Guinness flavour is definitely noticeable - the brownies kind of taste the way a chocolate stout might taste if it were edible (and doused with sugar). You're welcome. :)


To all the dads out there, especially the thirty-something new ones, Happy Father's Day! xo


Spiced Guinness Brownies / une gamine dans la cuisine


Spiced Guinness Brownies
makes about 25-30 brownies

ingredients
1 cup Guinness (if you don't have Guinness on hand, any strong stout will do)
10 ounces dark chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli's 60% cacao chips)
1 cup (that's 2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats (optional - it really didn't do anything for me)

method
In a small saucepan, bring the Guinness to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the Guinness is reduced to half the original amount (you should be left with 1/2 a cup). Remove the pan from the heat and set the Guinness aside to cool.

Create a double boiler: Fill a saucepan with about 1/2 inch of water and bring it to a simmer. Find a large heat-proof bowl that sits snugly on top of the saucepan - make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Place the chocolate chips and butter into the bowl and place the bowl over the simmering pot of water. Stir until the chocolate and butter are melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the the simmering water and set aside until it reaches room temperature (about 15 minutes).

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with foil, leaving a slight overhang around the edges. Butter the foil.

Pour the cool chocolate/butter mixture into a large mixing bowl {Note: If the bowl you melted the chocolate in is large enough to hold the rest of the ingredients, feel free to keep using it). Whisk in the sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, salt and 1/2 cup of the reduced Guinness. Add the eggs and egg yolk one at a time - mixing just until each egg is incorporated. Add the flour and and oats - use a large rubber spatula to gently fold into the chocolate mixture. To avoid "cakey" brownies, try not to overmix the batter.

Pour the batter into prepared pan, use an offset spatula to spread it into an even layer.

Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and place onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before removing the brownies from the pan. Once the brownies are cool, use the foil overhang to gently lift them from the pan. If desired, garnish with sifted confectioners' sugar.

adapted from Bon Appétit

30 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What fantastic brownies! Delightfully spicy.

Cheers,

Rosa

Tiffany | baking at tiffanys said...

This sounds (and looks) amazingly delicious. The Guiness must give these brownies a nice surprise. Great combination!

Laura (Tutti Dolci) said...

There's nothing better than DMB circa 1994! Yes and more yes :). Love these brownies, they look so rich and chocolatey!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

Spices and with Guinness. Now this would be a treat for even the non-fathers out there. Like...the mothers :)

Cozinhar sem Lactose said...

Loved the idea! Thank you for sharing

Kim - Liv Life said...

I have a similar brownie that I make with Kona Brewing Stout... Love the spices you have added here. Though if I made these this weekend, I'm not sure how sharing I'd like to be!! ;)

Patty Price said...

The perfect Father's Day treat! Love your post and the thought of being swept away -a good brownie can do that or maybe a trip to Brazil ;-)

Beth said...

I don't enjoy drinking Guinness, but I've had pretty good success with it in my baking. What a lovely tribute to your father.

Oh, to be thirty-something again....

vanillasugarblog said...

lol masculine brownie eh?
ok, I'm in, as long as we can eat it. lol.

kristy @ the wicked noodle said...

I love, love, LOVE Guiness in desserts! I am SO making these this weekend!

Ondina Maria said...

Just fell in love with those brownies!

Nouvelle Vague are good and learning Portuguese is easy. Trust me, I know it (I'm portuguese). Learning Greek it's a whole different story (and something that I'm doing at the mo).

Liren said...

I love this so :) When I met my husband, the two things in his bare refrigerator: a bowl of cherries and Guinness. He would swoon over these brownies. If men swooned, that is ;)

Looking FANCY said...

Love brownies, absolutely adore guinnes, so these shouldn't be so bad:)

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Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic said...

These look so lovely and seductive, and I love the "secret" ingredient. I never thought to use Guinness in brownies, but now that you mention it, it sounds like a match made in heaven!

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet said...

These brownies will win any man's heart! Love the spices with Guinness!

www.you-made-that.com said...

Deliciously dark brownies would be perfect for any occasion! I think I could use a few of these right about now :) .

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Love how you pay tribute to your Dad! I am sure he watching over you. Anything with stout in it is divine. These brownies look and sound amazing. Pinning now.

Kate@Diethood said...

Oh my, these brownies are nothing short of WOW!! Lucky dad!

P.S. I want to be at that party!!! Call me! I'll bring my Dave Matthews albums...Fiona's, too! Can we please crank up some Nirvana, as well!?! :-D In my head, this party is the best party ever! hahaha

P.S. I played the violin for 5 years at one of the best music schools on the Balkans... violin, cello...what's the diff!? ;-D

Valerie said...

@Kate: You played the violin! I hope you're still playing!! We love the same music - no wonder we get along so well. Yes, yes, you're always invited to any party. :D

Anna {Hidden Ponies} said...

What perfect "dad" brownies, and what a lovely post. Next year - peanut butter and Guinness :)

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts said...

Great brownies, I am sure your Dad (or any dad) would have loved these!

peanutbutterandonion said...

Great choice!!! I think your dad would be happy to eat these,,, i know mine would

Dan from Platter Talk said...

A perfect Father's Day treat! Thanks for posting!

Chris Scheuer said...

Hope you had a wonderful Father's Day. These brownies would make any day quite special!

Lemons and Anchovies said...

Have you ever tried listening to Fado music (Portuguese folk music)? My husband and I really enjoy it--we have a Pandora station set to "Ana Moura", a Portuguese artist. The music is so relaxing and so nice to listen to--always while we're having wine but I'm sure exotic cocktails would be just as nice. Brings us back to 2005 when we visited the lovely country. :)

Love these brownies!

Valerie said...

@Jean: Thanks for the music recommendation! I'm always on the lookout for new Pandora stations. (:

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Guinness and chocolate together do seem perfect for Father's Day! I bet my dad (and I) would love these, too :)

Jennifer Kendall said...

I just love reading your posts :) these brownies are genius! the combination of guinness, chocolate, and cinnamon sounds lovely!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Is it wrong to want one immediately after breakfast?

 

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