Posts Tagged ‘Guinness’

The ChocolateDoctor’s Yummy Guinness Stout Brownies

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

This is the first of my new series of blogs and chocolate recipes. I took a few months off to lose a little weight and recharge my creative batteries. If you’ve been one of our regulars, thanks for coming back. If you’re a newbie, welcome!

Last Friday I went to O’Brien’s in Santa Monica, my favorite Irish pub, where they were sampling the new Guinness Blonde American Lager. For me it was a complete disconnect as I love my beers dark and chewy. Joan, on the other hand, thought it was one of the best lagers she tasted.

On the way home I stopped and picked up a 6-pack of Guinness Stout (the original). I cook and bake with Guinness a lot. If you never had my Guinness Fire-House Chili you’ve never really had great chili (said with a fairly modest smile on my face). The secret ingredients to the chili are Guinness Stout, of course, and 2 tablespoons of Choclatique Rouge Cocoa Powder. But enough about chili; more to the point is dessert, Guinness and chocolate.

Below is one of the richest (and best) recipes for brownies made with Guinness Stout. The stout flavor really shines through when combined with Choclatique chocolate and cocoa powder. It’s kind of like a marriage made in heaven or in this case our Chocolate Studio (which is heaven on earth). I asked our lead chocolatier, Mary Jo, to make this recipe and prove it out. It was fun, simple to make and was gone in 60 seconds (just like the movie).

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 45 to 50 minutes
Yields: 9 to 12 servings (they are very rich)

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup Choclatique Rouge Cocoa Powder
1/4 cup Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate
8 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup Guinness Stout (drink what’s left while the brownies are baking)
1 cup Choclatique Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat an oven to 325°F.
  2. Spray and cocoa-flour a 9 x 9-inch glass baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, salt and cocoa powder.
  4. Melt the Choclatique Private Reserve Chocolate in a bowl in the microwave, or over boiling water.
  5. In a small pan, over medium heat, melt the butter until just golden brown. Pour the brown butter into small bowl. Scrape the pan to get the brown bits (that’s where the rich buttery flavor is).
  6. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat together the eggs and sugars until thick and shiny, about 2 to 3 minutes. Continue beating on low while alternately adding the sifted flour mixture and wet ingredients (butter, beer and melted chocolate), finishing with vanilla and almond extracts. Do not over mix.
  7. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  8. Pour into the prepared 9 x 9-inch pan Bake 45-50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out mostly clean.

ChefSecrets: There are 2 secrets; 1) Give the full amount of time to beating the eggs and sugars together. That’s what gives the brownie the lift as there is not leavening in the recipe. 2) To avoid white streaks use cocoa powder to flour the pan instead of all-purpose flour.

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The ChocolateDoctor’s St. Paddy’s Day Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake With Guinness Chocolate Icing

Friday, February 21st, 2014
Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

I bet you’ll hear, “This is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had!“ You’ll hear comments like this and much more when you serve this ultra dark, rich chocolate cake with its luscious chocolate icing. Use Choclatique Elephant Chocolate (76% cacao) or a really good chocolate bar with at least 74% cacao to intensify the chocolate flavor (do not use unsweetened baking chocolate), and you don’t have to wait for St. Paddy’s Day to make this cake! It’s not the luck of the Irish that make this cake so good; it’s the Guinness!

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Bake Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Yield: Makes 1 9-inch layer cake (2 layers)

Ingredients:
For the Cake:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Choclatique Black Onyx Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 cup Irish Guinness Stout Beer
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
4 ounces Choclatique Elephant Dark Chocolate (76%), chopped
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup crème fraîche (see ChefSecret)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Choclatique Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

For the Icing:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 ounces Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate, chopped
5 tablespoons Irish Guinness Stout Beer
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners‘ sugar, sifted (or more as needed)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Butter two the 9-inch cake pans and dust with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder.
  3. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, heat 1 cup of the stout beer, 1-1/4 cups butter, 4 ounces chocolate and the sugar just until the butter and chocolate have melted; stir to blend mixture, and cool slightly.
  4. Beat the eggs and crème fraîche together in a large mixing bowl; gradually stir in the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Add the melted chocolate mixture in small additions, stirring to blend. Pour half the batter into each prepared cake pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the top of the cake bounces back when touched lightly with a finger, about 40 minutes. Cool the cakes on racks.

For the Icing:

  1. Place 1/2 cup of the butter, 4 ounces of dark chocolate and 5 tablespoons of stout beer in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Continue to cook and stir just until the chocolate has melted; stir to blend mixture completely. Remove from the heat, and cool slightly.
  2. In a mixing bowl, blend the cream cheese, 1/3 cup of cocoa powder, and vanilla extract until smooth; gradually beat in 1/2 cup of the confectioners’ sugar. Pour in the cooled chocolate-stout mixture and mix well. Add confectioners’ sugar until the icing is to your desired consistency, adding more sugar if you like a firmer icing.
  3. Place a cake layer on a serving plate, and smooth about one third of the frosting over the cake top. Place the second cake onto the frosted layer, and spread remaining two thirds of the frosting over the top and sides of the cake.

ChefSecret #1: By dusting the cake pans with cocoa powder you won’t get messy white flour streaks on the cake and the baked layers will still release from the pan.

ChefSecret #2: You should have about 1/4 cup of Guinness left in the bottle (if you didn’t cheat and drink it all). For a moister cake pour the remaining Guinness into a small sauce pan along with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Using a wide pastry brush, brush on the mixture on to the first layer before frosting.

ChefSecret #3: You can make your own crème fraîche by adding 2 tablespoons of cultured buttermilk to 1 pint of heavy cream in a non-reactive container (glass or plastic). Cover and allow to rest at room temperature until thickened to desired texture, about 12 hours. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Or, sour cream can be substituted for the crème fraîche.

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