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)


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.

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.


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



One comment

  1. These look amazing….

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