A week or two ago I bought a beer kit that included can of Hopped Malt Extract (HME), yeast, and a little instruction booklet. I had discussed with the store manager my apprehensions about starting at this level (see World of Wort-Craft), but he assured me I’d be okay.
I was pleasantly surprised with how smoothly the first day went. I was expecting this process to take several hours (more to come on my endeavors in a future blog post). Since it didn’t, I had time to create something else. And since it was also Valentine’s Day, I had to reward myself (and my partner-in-crime) with an obligatory dose of theobromine.
There are two types of brownie people: those who prefer a chewy texture, and those who prefer them to resemble chocolate cake (though I haven’t met many of the latter). The following brownies are a compromise for the two types. Cooled, they are chewy. Warm, the stout flavours are enhanced and the texture is more cake-like.
What’s that? You don’t taste the beer? You’re probably not doing it right. Have another bite.
Twix N’ Stout Brownies
3/4 cup unsalted butter
3 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate (OR 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg, 1 white
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup stout beer
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup chopped Twix bars or Twix bites, or the chocolate bar of your choice
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease an 8×11” pan or line with parchment paper.
- In a large saucepan, melt together the butter and chocolate.
- Remove the chocolate mixture from heat and whisk in the cocoa, sugar, and salt.
- Beat together the egg, vanilla and beer. Slowly whisk this into the warm chocolate mixture.
- Add flour and fold into batter until just incorporated.
- Fold in chopped Twix pieces and chocolate chips.
- Spread the batter into the pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.Makes approximately 20 brownies
Recipe adapted from: http://www.chocolatemoosey.com/2015/03/05/chocolate-stout-brownies/
Beer Smith. How to Brew Beer – 5 Steps for Making Beer at Home. http://beersmith.com/blog/2009/01/10/how-to-brew-beer-5-steps-for-making-beer-at-home-part-1/