Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
Before you go grab your morning brew, let's talk history. This historic day takes place each year on March 17th in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Since the 17th century, this day has grown to be celebrated with parades, music, special foods, and a LOT of green. Green clothes, green rivers, green EVERYTHING.
Many will choose to celebrate by drinking a copious amount of green beer today which is pretty much beer plus a few drops of food coloring. While others may choose an Irish dry stout today to bring out their inner Leprechaun.
What is an Irish dry stout you might be wondering? They tend to be highly drinkable and are commonly served on a nitro system for a creamy and smooth taste/texture. The roasted barley and hops used in these beers will give it its distinguished taste. Common brands you may have heard of are Murphy’s, Beamish, and Guinness.
More importantly, Irish stout makes a hell of an ingredient in baked goods. It must be the luck of the Irish because today you’re going to get a recipe to enjoy an Irish stout in a new, and my new favorite, way…mixed into delectable brownies!
It must be the luck of the Irish because today you’re going to get a recipe to enjoy an Irish stout in a new, and my new favorite, way … mixed into delectable brownies!
• 1 cup flour (all-purpose)
• ¼ tsp of salt
• 8 ounces of chocolate
• 1 ½ sticks of butter (unsalted)
• ½ cup of white sugar
• ½ cup of light brown sugar
• 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
• ½ cup of beer (I chose Short’s Uncle Steve’s Irish Stout)
• 3 eggs
Get that oven heated to 350. Mix up your flour and salt together and leave them aside. Melt down your chocolate in the microwave along with your butter. Do this is 30-second intervals for one minute then continue with 10-15 second intervals and stir in between. Add your sugar, whisked eggs, vanilla, and beer in with your chocolate.
Mix your flour into your wet ingredients and stir until all ingredients are blended. Pour your batter into an 8×8 or 9×9 inch pan and bake for 35 minutes.
While your brownies are baking, you can enjoy the rest of your beer and find your festive outfit to avoid getting pinched. Once that timer dings, get ready to enjoy the smell of dark chocolate mixed with the roasted malt flavor from beer in one amazing dessert. You know an even better way to avoid getting pinched? Share these Irish Beer Brownies with your friends and everyone will feel lucky to know you.
Cheers to you St. Patrick!