Beannachtaí na Lá Fhéile Pádraig and Guinness Brownies

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)

Ingredients:

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

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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.

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Mix in the melted chocolate mixture into the mixing bowl with the sugar/egg mixture.  Mix in the vanilla extract.

DSC_0205Sift in the flour and cocoa powder.  Mix in the Guinness.

DSC_0206Mix in the chocolate chips.  Pour mixture into a baking paper lined roasting dish.

DSC_0207Heat oven to 190C (375F) and bake the brownies for 30-40 minutes (or until you can place a fork in the brownie and it comes out clean.)  Let it cool, then cut up to enjoy.

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And then, enjoy the brownie that you can smugly claim you prepared specifically for Paddy’s Day!

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One comment

  1. These look amazing….

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