Trust me. He told me. He wants a super thick fudgy brownie laced with his favorite beer.
And these 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 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. I used cocoa powder, but also added 2 squares of unsweetened baking chocolate. I really believe in my heart of hearts that the best brownies are made with unsweetened chocolate. However, you can omit it, or use half the amount. These brownies hit you in the face with their rich chocolate flavor.
For the beer brownies:
- 1 cup dark beer (I used coffee stout)
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped (optional)
- 1 large egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
For the frosting:
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- First, make the beer concentrate: add the beer to a small saucepan and boil until it reduces to 1/3 cup. It will take about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it to prevent boiling-over.
- Preheat the oven to 325, and line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, cocoa powder, sugar, and unsweetened chocolate (if using). Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. Stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds.
- Let the mixture cool for 1 minute.
You can find complete recipes of this BEER BROWNIES in dessertfortwo.com