“BEER THAT IS NOT DRUNK HAD MISSED IT’S VOCATION.” Meyer Breslau, 1880
Well, some GREAT Irish beer has certainly found it’s vocation in this pan of brownies!!! For me? I’m more of a martini girl. I find I usually only enjoy beer with certain kinds of food. But much like adding coffee to chocolate, the Guinness beer in this recipe enhances the chocolate with rich, malt tones. Many black & tan brownie recipes add another brownie layer as the “tan” component. I decided to switch it up a bit by adding…..
…..Harp Lager in a frosting! Combining this pale ale with peanut butter and butterscotch really lends a smoky, salty and sweet touch to this scrumptious malted chocolate!
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cubed
8 oz semi sweet chocolate, chopped
4 oz white chocolate, chopped
4 eggs at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups Guinness stout
Preheat your oven to 375°F. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray, line with parchment paper and spray it again.
Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt and set aside. In a glass or metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water, melt the butter, semi sweet and white chocolate, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the sugar and eggs on high speed for about 3 minutes. Slowly add the melted chocolate mix and continue to beat until combined. Then, by hand, stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Do not overmix. Stir in the Guinness stout. Your batter will be very runny. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. A toothpick inserted near the edge should come out clean. Do not over bake. The center will be soft. Let the brownies cool completely before frosting.
1 1/4 cups of peanut butter chips
1/4 cup of butterscotch chips
1/4 cup Harp Lager or pale ale
Place the chips and ale in a glass or metal bowl and set this over a pan of simmering water. Stir until the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Spoon the frosting onto the cooled brownies and using an offset spatula, spread evenly over the top of the brownies. Work quickly before the frosting hardens. Cut the cooled brownies into desired squares and enjoy!