March 10, 2016
On an emotional level, there is something counter intuitive about mixing beer into brownie batter. You’d think it would turn out sour or something. On an intellectual level it makes perfect sense. Back when I wrote about the Chocolate Shortbread with Malted Milk Buttercream, I discussed the special relationship between malted milk and chocolate, and how it’s such a pleasing combination. In the same way the Malted Milk Buttercream smoothed the intense chocolate shortbreads, the malty Guinness contributes that indescribable sweetness.
These Guinness Brownies sparkle with roasted and smokey flavours. Heightened by the alcohol in the beer (the alcohol cooks off BTW), their texture is creamy, dense and fudge-y. As long as you don’t tell the kids about the beer, they’ll love these brownies too, and they’ll they’ll think you are some kind of magician in the kitchen.
I suppose I have a thing for boozy brownies. I made Brownies with Red Wine and Browned Butter too. The red wine gave the chocolate brownie a bright and fruity character that were equally delicious.
This recipe came from the ever so talented Lisa of My Own Sweet Thyme. Her website is beautiful and her recipe is perfectly complete, so I didn’t alter it much. Thanks Lisa for this beautiful brownie recipe. It has become my new favourite.
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