St Patrick’s Day definitely has a different meaning once you live in Ireland. First of all, there is nothing more annoying than people who call it “Patty’s Day.” No one, and I mean no one named Patrick has ever been called “Patty”. It’s Paddy. In addition, I remember hiding away in my college for the holiday – as Dublin pretty much became swallowed by tourists who were out to get as drunk as possible in Temple Bar! As a result, we don’t do much for Patrick’s Day here – although it’s definitely an excuse to pull out some of my favourite stout-based recipes and do some experimenting!
This recipe comes from my favourite London cafe, Outsider Tart. It has less of a strong stout taste than most stout-based recipe, after baking, it simply becomes a nice velvety texture with a slightly spicy taste. Hopefully, a good recipe for those who are a bit stout skeptical!
Chocolate Guinness Brownies (adapted from Outsider Tart’s Baked in America)
6 large eggs (yes, 6!)
340g (1 1/2 cups) caster sugar
175g (1 cup) white chocolate
340g (2 cups) bittersweet chocolate
175g (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
225g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour
175g (1 cup and 2 tablespoons) cocoa powder
460ml (2 cups) Guinness
250g (1 1/2 cups) chocolate chips
Cream together the sugar and eggs in a mixing bowl, until it is a pale yellow colour (try to mix it thoroughly until it is no longer streaky). Melt the bittersweet chocolate, white chocolate and unsalted butter in a saucepan on medium heat.
Mix in the melted chocolate mixture into the mixing bowl with the sugar/egg mixture. Mix in the vanilla extract.
And then, enjoy the brownie that you can smugly claim you prepared specifically for Paddy’s Day!