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Chocolate Stout Brownies with Beer Brittle

February 3, 2016

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca

These Chocolate Stout Brownies may be the only reason I attend a super bowl party this weekend. Because really a super bowl get together is all about the food, and occasionally looking to see what the score is. Oh – and the halftime show. 

Although I must admit, i’ve actually watched quite a lot of football in the past little while. Adam started watching it more and more, and we found ourselves watching football for way too many hours on sundays the past couple of months. I think I actually enjoy watching/listening to football more so than hockey. I can’t even remember the last time we watched a Canucks game. 

Chocolate Stout Brownies are not a new concept – I had seen them recently on one of my favourite blogs, and was inspired to make them.  I began to search further into recipes using chocolate stout, or porter in baked goods. I’d used a stout once before for making stew, but hadn’t thought about using it for brownies. The idea of adding beer to brownies seems odd, however, let me tell you that it definitely tastes delicious. There is most certainly a distinct beer-flavoured aftertaste.

I decided to take it one step further, and really up the game with these bad boys. I made a chocolate beer frosting, a-la dessert for two, but then decided to create a vanilla stout beer brittle to go with it. Now I don’t have a candy thermometer, so my brittle didn’t quite set up as hard, but it was so, so good, nonetheless. A treat even on it’s own. Next time I’ll invest in the candy thermometer so the brittle is actually, brittle. The beer brittle/caramel was still a perfect topping.

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca

Now, these would obviously be an exceptional choice to bring along to a Super Bowl party this weekend, I mean, Chocolate Stout Brownies with Stout Frosting and Beer Brittle? Game changer. But, I think these would also be a perfect gift for your beer-loving man for Valentine’s Day as well.

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca 
P.S – I’m no beer drinker, however, I ate more than a few of these brownies while recipe testing. They’re GOOD. 

I used a chocolate stout for the brownies and frosting, and a vanilla stout for the brittle, but you can use one for both as well. 

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca
Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca

Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca
Chocolate Stout Brownies // bakeaholic.ca

Chocolate Stout Brownies
Yields 18
Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Stout Brownies with Chocolate Stout Frosting and Beer Brittle. Decadent, yet manly.
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Brownies
  1. 1 cup all purpose flour (can also use gluten-free flour blend)
  2. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 3 1/2 ounces semi sweet chocolate
  5. 8 tablespoons of butter, browned
  6. 1/2 cup chocolate stout
  7. 4 eggs, separated, at room temp
  8. 3/4 cup white sugar
  9. 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  10. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Frosting
  1. 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  2. 3-4 cups sifted icing sugar
  3. 1/4 cup almond milk, or milk
  4. 1/2 cup chocolate stout
Beer Brittle
  1. ½ cup vanilla stout beer, or chocolate stout
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  4. splash of vanilla
  5. 1 cup roasted, salted peanuts
Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9x9 inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. Sift together the flour and cocoa powder.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl - on one minute intervals at 50% power until melted. Whisk in the egg yolks until thick.
  5. Add the chocolate stout and brown sugar.
  6. In separate bowl, beat together the egg whites and white sugar until thick and shiny, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add flour mixture to melted chocolate, whisking until glossy.
  8. Fold in the egg whites and sugar with spatula until just mixed.
  9. Pour into prepared 9x9 baking dish.
  10. Bake for 18 minutes. You want the centre to be gooey, but not fully cooked otherwise they'll become dry.
  11. Allow to cool on countertop before removing from pan.
For the Frosting
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the chocolate stout on medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes until it reduces to a glaze. It will bubble up and reduce. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the icing sugar on low, and whip at high speed until incorporated.
  4. Slowly add in milk, and then reduced chocolate stout.
  5. Whip on high until fluffy and light.
To Make the Beer Brittle
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium heavy-bottomed pot combine beer, sugar and corn syrup.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to simmer.
  4. Cook until a candy thermometer inserted reads 310°, and remove from heat.
  5. Immediately stir in vanilla and nuts. Quickly pour the brittle into the prepared pan, spreading it thin. Cool completely, and break into pieces.
Notes
  1. The trick to fudgey brownies with that signature thin sugary crust is the egg whites. The thin layer of crust is actually like a meringue, so be sure to whip your egg whites and sugar separate from the yolks to achieve this.
  2. You can totally also make these brownies without the frosting and brittle, they're just as delicious.
  3. These are even better the next day, so I suggest making the brownies a day ahead, and then frosting them the next day.
Adapted from Dessert for Two & The Kitchy Kitchen
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Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes

December 8, 2015

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It’s the 8th of December and Adam and I haven’t put up a christmas tree yet. That’s not to say we haven’t made a valiant effort. The first weekend of December we had a neighbourhood get together and we couldn’t make it out to get a tree before then, however I did get out all the other decorations. Then this last weekend we were out of town saturday and sunday.

So, last night we ventured out after work to a u-cut tree farm we had seen a sign for up the road from us. By the time we got there it was dark, and the signs that lead us up the street and around the corner appeared to be misleading.

We couldn’t find the house or farm, and there were no signs of a christmas tree farm anywhere. We went to another garden centre and contemplated buying a living christmas tree to use outside afterwards, but the lady informed us that it needs a couple weeks to acclimatize before bringing it inside, or else the needles might all fall off. So that was a no.

We finally went to home depot for some wood and took a look at the trees, but they were all so sad looking, slumped up against the side all wrapped up. It didn’t feel like the christmas tree choosing atmosphere i had hoped for. So, we left empty handed without a tree.

I’m hoping this week or weekend we can make it out to a tree farm in the daylight to choose a tree.

In the meantime i’m trying to get some christmas baking done for our staff party this weekend. This year my favourite flavour has been gingerbread. Usually i don’t make any gingerbread men or houses, but the flavour combination definitely feels like christmas to me. I adapted this smitten kitchen recipe to make cupcakes. They were perfect. Deinitely a christmas recipe keeper. You can also make it in cake form.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes
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Ingredients
  1. 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  4. 2/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  5. 1 cup unsulfured molasses
  6. 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  7. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  8. 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  11. 1/2 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg
  12. 2 teaspoons baking powder
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan and add baking soda — it will foam up! Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir in butter until melted. Whisk in dark brown sugar, molasses. Mixture is usually just lukewarm by now, but if it still feels quite hot to the touch, set it aside to 10 to 15 minutes to cool further before using.
  3. Place flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and baking powder in a fine-mesh strainer or sifter.
  4. Transfer molasses mixture to a large mixing bowl. Whisk in eggs until just combined. Sift dry ingredients over wet, then stir the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined.
  5. Pour batter into prepared muffin tin, bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
Notes
  1. Frost with your favourite vanilla buttercream, or cinnamon buttercream!
Adapted from smitten kitchen - gingerbread snacking cake
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Birthdays

Birthday in a Jar

June 5, 2012

Happy Birthday To… Me :) 24… yikes!

I wanted to celebrate with some cake of course, but wasn’t so keen on making an entire cake. I’ve seen cakes baked in jar’s, so I thought why not a mini-birthday cake for one (maybe I’ll share with Adam..) Simple chocolate cake with vanilla swiss-meringue buttercream, depending on jar size, bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes. And bonus, it’s portable! You can make this for someone special on their birthday :)

Make a wish…

… until next year!

.. Stay tuned this afternoon for another, outrageous, birthday treat I created.