As I have mentioned about a million times, I am not a big chocolate person, but I am a huge fan of Guinness. It was the first beer I really drank (huge story here) and I love it still. It is like having a meal, so I don’t drink it too often. The MotH likes Guinness too and the Boy love brownies, so this just makes sense. I use a Guinness stout, and maybe drink one, the MotH gets the rest, and the Boy gets brownies, and now at his age, a Guinness for himself too. It is a win all the way around.
4 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar, superfine*
8 ozs bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 ozs white chocolate, chopped
6 Tbs unsalted butter
3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cups cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup Guinness Stout**
confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray with cooking spray, an 8 x 8 baking pan, line with a parchment sling and spray that as well. Over a piece of waxed paper, sift together the flour, salt, cocoa
In a stand mixer, combine sugar and eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
In a microwave bowl, melt chocolates and butter in 30 second bursts, and stir until smooth. Cool slightly, and mix into egg mixture.
Add flour mixture to egg mixture and beat until smooth. Whisk Guinness into batter. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (Might be longer than you think – it was for me).
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Remove from pan using sling, cut into very tiny squares and dust with confectioners’ sugar.
Source: Grace Neill’s A New Irish Table
*Take granulated sugar and whir it in a food processor and then measure out 3/4 cup. Or just use regular granulated sugar, I have. It does not seem to matter.
**Pour the stout and let the foam settle before measuring.
These brownies are pretty much like fudge. Please cut them in little tiny pieces.
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