Chocolate Guinness Brownies

Chocolate Guinness Brownies - delicious brownies made with Guinness and plenty of dark chocolate. Dark, rich and irresistible!

Chocolate Guinness Brownies – delicious brownies made with Guinness and plenty of dark chocolate. Dark, rich and irresistible!

A few weeks ago was my husband’s birthday. To celebrate we had our first baby free night away and, let me tell you, it was amazing! I love our little Tilly completely. She is a joy and I feel incredibly lucky to have her in our lives. BUT, she doesn’t sleep! We’ve tried everything; bath and bed routines, earlier bedtimes, later bedtimes, singing, white noise, dark rooms…. Nothing works! She still will be up half the night. So to have a night away, just the two of us, and a full uninterrupted night’s sleep was beyond words incredible.

Chocolate Guinness Brownies - delicious brownies made with Guinness and plenty of dark chocolate. Dark, rich and irresistible!

We went away to the Bel and Dragon in Churt, the cutest little country pub hotel. We ate a delicious meal, drank a few glasses of wine, then had an early night and it was bliss!

Every year I like to bake something for Andy’s birthday. My favourite birthday bake was probably this Chocolate Guinness and Whiskey Layer Cake. But, as we weren’t celebrating at home this year we wouldn’t be needing a big birthday cake. Something a little more low key was probably in order. I liked the idea of using Guinness again though, for a boozy, masculine sort of bake.

Chocolate Guinness Brownies - delicious brownies made with Guinness and plenty of dark chocolate. Dark, rich and irresistible!

These Chocolate Guinness Brownies were just the perfect thing. I wasn’t quite sure how they’d turn out, but they are absolutely delicious! They’re so rich and dark and fudgey. You might be thinking throwing Guinness into a brownie is a bit of an odd thing to do, but don’t worry, these don’t taste like Guinness at all. You bite into them and you can tell something is different, but its hard to put your finger on it. They have a deeper, slightly malty, slightly richer taste and it is incredible! They’re a little bit bitter, a little bit earthy and highly irresistible. Chocolate and Guinness work so well together, and the Guinness really lends itself to bakes with a moist, close textured crumb like you find in a brownie.

Chocolate Guinness Brownies - delicious brownies made with Guinness and plenty of dark chocolate. Dark, rich and irresistible!Chocolate Guinness Brownies - delicious brownies made with Guinness and plenty of dark chocolate. Dark, rich and irresistible!

Recently my brownies have all been made with cocoa powder, but these use lots and lots of dark chocolate. There’s something quite magical about melting together lots of chocolate and butter. It gives the brownies a really moist texture. If you’re a fan of cakey brownies then this recipe isn’t for you! I’ve left them plain and let the flavours of the dark chocolate and the Guinness be the stars here, but you could absolutely add in any additions you fancy. I think some pecans would work really well, or maybe some really chunky chocolate chips.

Chocolate Guinness Brownies - delicious brownies made with Guinness and plenty of dark chocolate. Dark, rich and irresistible!

They’d make a great dessert for a dinner party, maybe served warm with a splash of cream or some good quality vanilla ice cream.

Don’t be shy of the Guinness, give these brownies a try!

Jennie xxx

Notes//

– Recipe adapted from Joy The Baker.

– As ever with brownies, its important not to over bake. They will need around 35 – 40 minutes in the oven, but every oven is different so I would suggest keeping a close eye on them from around 30 minutes. You’re looking for a top that is set, but still a little bit of a wobble if you give the tin a good shake. An inserted skewer should come out mostly clean, with just a few wet crumbs on it.

– If you do bake these brownies, or any of my recipes, don’t forget to share them on instagram, or twitter using the hashtag #scarletscorchdroppers.

Guinness Brownies
 
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Chocolate Guinness Brownies - delicious brownies made with Guinness and plenty of dark chocolate. Dark, rich and irresistible!
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 240ml guinness
  • 340g dark chocolate
  • 220g butter
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100g plain flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Method
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C / 160C fan / 350F. Lightly grease and line a tin that is approximately 18 x 26cm, or an equivalent sized square tin.
  2. Put your guinness into a small pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Let the guinness simmer for about 10 - 15 minutes, until its reduced by about a third. Take it off the heat to cool.
  3. Put your chocolate and butter into a large heatproof bowl, and gently melt over a pan of simmering water. Take off to cool for about 5 - 10 minutes.
  4. Beat your caster sugar into the slightly cooled chocolate mixture. One by one beat in the eggs, followed by the vanilla extract, then the reduced guinness.
  5. Finally, beat in the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Pour into your prepared tin and bake for 35 - 40 minutes, until the top of the brownies are set, and inserted skewer comes out mostly clean.
  7. Cool completely in the tin before cutting into squares.

 

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