Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Triple Chocolate Boozy Brownies

Sometime back I found this beer.  The label read, "Stout with Coffee Added."  I don't really drink stout.  And I don't really drink coffee.  But something told me this would be excellent for baking.  I've seen brownies with coffee before.  I've seen brownies with beer before.  I've never seen brownies with COFFEE BEER, so I invented them!  With the addition of semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa powder AND milk chocolate chips, you can see where the TRIPLE CHOCOLATE part comes in.  These are super rich, and the stout flavor really shines through.  If you can't find the particular type of coffee stout I used, try substituting any dark stout (like GUINNESS for St. Patrick's Day!) or a combination of half strongly brewed coffee and half stout.  If you're not a booze hound like me, then try using all coffee in lieu of the stout.  It's your kitchen, go for it!
What's better than a brownie???
A BOOZY Brownie!
The Line-Up
Sift flour and cocoa powder together.
Cream eggs and sugars together
with an electric mixer.
Melt semi-sweet chocolate and
butter together.
Add to egg mixture.
Alternately add flour mixture.
And stout...
Here's the coffee stout I used.
It's called Redband Stout by the
Great River Brewery.
Fold in the milk chocolate chips.
Enjoy with a stout OR a glass of milk!

Triple Chocolate Boozy Brownies

3.5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (I used chocolate chips)
1 stick unsalted butter
4 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup coffee stout (or dark beer, coffee or combination of beer and coffee)
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan and set aside.  Sift flour and cocoa powder together and set aside.  In a microwave-safe bowl, melt semi-sweet chocolate and butter together.  (Be careful not to scorch.)  Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer cream eggs with granulated and brown sugar.  Add vanilla.  Add melted chocolate mixture until combined.  Alternately add flour mixture and beer, beginning and ending with flour.  Fold in milk chocolate chips.  Pour batter into prepared pan and bake approximately 45-55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the brownies comes out clean.  Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Prep Time:  Approximately 25 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 55 minutes

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