Beer brownies made with coffee stout beer. Your Valentine wants his brownies made with beer. Brownies for two featuring your favorite beer.
Re-sharing these bites of heavenly brownies. With over 23,000 pins on Pinterest, you know they're delicious!
Trust me. He told me. He wants a super thick fudgy brownie laced with his favorite beer.
And these beer brownies are sooo it.
Plus, it only uses 1 beer from his stash. I'm not trying to be sexist here---in my house, we each have our own beer stash. Mine is up here in the fridge--quick access to my fruity shandy beers. His beer is in the basement fridge--all dark and shady.
I will confess to stealing an oatmeal stout from his stash every now and then. I used to think people only ordered dark beers to prove their manliness. And then, my lactation coach told me to drink dark beer. Now I think dark beer is synonymous with lactation, and that's just about as girly as you can get. Sorry, boys.
To make these brownies, I stole a coffee stout from his stash.
See how thick these brownies are? I basically doubled my usual small batch brownie recipe.
I was worried it wouldn't work, but I was so glad to be proven wrong. Biting into these brownies is almost like biting into fudge. Deep, dark fudge. I love it.
You'll see that I used cocoa powder and 2 squares of unsweetened baking chocolate in these beer brownies. I really believe in my heart of hearts that the best brownies are made with unsweetened chocolate. However, you can omit the unsweetened chocolate, or use half the amount. These brownies hit you in the face with their rich chocolate flavor.
Start with an entire stick of butter (praise Jesus!), granulated sugar, cocoa powder, and chopped unsweetened chocolate. Like I said, the unsweetened chocolate part is entirely optional and only for those who love love love chocolate.
Best way to melt chocolate for beer brownies:
After microwaving the butter and chocolate on HIGH for two 30-second pulses, let it cool for 1 minute. Then, stir in the egg white, vanilla, and salt. After they are well-incorporated, add the flour.
Now, you're going to roll up your shirt sleeves and give this brownie batter 50 strokes. I explain this in the Dessert for Two cookbook, but I'll go over it again--in most baked goods, you want to minimize stirring for fear of activating the gluten in the flour. When gluten is activated, it makes baked goods chewy. But when it comes to brownies, we want chewy! (Side note: this is why gluten free breads have zero chew to them...see also: zero taste LOL).
Scrape the beautiful batter into your loaf pan, and bake for 40-45 minutes. It's a long time, I know.
Add 1 cup of his favorite beer to a small sauce pan; I used coffee stout here. Chocolate and coffee love each other so.
Boil it down until it's only ⅓ cup of liquid. Keep an eye on it--the foam can over-flow.
You're going to use 4 tablespoons of the beer concentrate in the beer brownies. The final tablespoon is used in the frosting. (One-third cup is 5.33 tablespoons...drink the remaining 0.33 tablespoons....)
I hope you know I'm kidding. Use the remaining portion of the boiled beer for the frosting.
I cut these super rich brownies in 8 small pieces, but your burly man can probably take down at least half of these beer brownies in one sitting.
Happy Valentine's Day, dudes! You might also like my Brownie Sundae!
For the beer brownies:
For the frosting:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g