What is the best dessert in the history of mankind? Is it a banoffee pie? Yes, that is delicious but no, not the best. Is it a key lime pie? Again, tropically delicious, but wrong again. Is it a chocolate fudge brownie? Well done, congratulations, you read the title. It is indeed a brownie. But a brownie times a million; a beer brownie!
You may think that mixing beer into a batch of brownies is madder than bringing the heads of conquered kings to Leonidas’ city steps but you’re wrong. A nice stout compliments the chocolate perfectly to make a sweet boozy brownie.
To make this chocolatey concoction all you will need is:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 Tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
- 8 ounces dark bittersweet chocolate, chopped (may substitute extra-dark chocolate chips)
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 cup (8 ounces) Stout beer (I went with Felinfoel Stout after my recent trip to the brewery)
- Whatever you want to chuck in the mix. Whether it be chocolate chips, fudge bits, or smarties, just go nuts, and yes you can add nuts. I went with a sprinkling of little fudge bits and a handful of chocolate chips
In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder and salt until you’ve got yourself a nice brown powder.
Melt the butter and the chocolate in the microwave or in a double-boiler over very low heat. Stir it all until it’s all melted.
In another bowl, beat the eggs and sugar really fast until they are light and fluffy or your arm gets tired. It should take about three minutes so at least you are getting a work out before you indulge in a whole heap of brownies.
Add the melted chocolate and beat until its all mixed up.
Now it’s the flours turn to get a beating so chuck that in and mix it. Then pour in the stout and mix to finish off the batter. Don’t worry that it’s a bit thin, it just makes them all gooey!
Pour the batter into a baking pan lined with nonstick baking paper. Sprinkle whatever you want over them (preferably something sweet, don’t go too nuts and use bacon bits or something stupid).
Bake for about 30 minutes until they look lush enough to eat.
Take them out and let them cool then dig in!
Remember to mix in the flour. Don’t do what I did and put the brownie mix in the oven only to turn around and see the bowl of flour and cocoa powder just sat there feeling left out. If you do however, don’t fret, just take the mix out the oven, pour it back into the bowl, quickly whisk in the flour and cocoa powder and return to the oven.
Tell us what beer you used below or send us a picture of your brownies @thegrillbarrel