St. Patrick’s Day – A time for the Irish to celebrate…being Irish. And for those who aren’t Irish, a day to pretend that alcohol is all four of the food groups.
It was also when my Scottish-Irish grandmother would remind me that I am part Scottish. Actually, she would remind me every time I saw her. Still, St. Patrick’s Day she would proudly wear her orange instead of green. That being said, I’ve added a little orange zest and juice to this recipe. The sweetness of the orange is a perfect compliment to the bitterness of the Guinness®. And to the Scots, my grandmother would be proud that I didn’t forget you.
GUINNESS® AND ORANGE BROWNIES
1/2 cup Guinness® stout
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate (finely chopped)
4 oz bittersweet chocolate (finely chopped)
8 oz (1 cup) unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup orange juice
zest of 1 orange
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
powdered sugar (optional)
*Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper and grease or spray with non-stick baking spray.
*In a saucepan on the stove, bring Guinness to a gentle boil until reduced by half. Pour into another bowl and allow to cool to luke warm.
*While Guinness is reducing, measure flour and salt in a separate bowl and set aside.
*In the microwave, double boiler, or in a pyrex dish on top of a saucepan of water, melt chocolate and butter until completely smooth. Cool slightly.
*In a mixer combine sugar, eggs, orange zest and vanilla extract. Add in orange juice. Then melted chocolate mixture until blended. Finally, add the Guinness and whisk to combine. Gently mix in in flour and salt.
*When completely combined, pour into pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees. When done, a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs. Cool completely.
*Cut and dust with powdered sugar (optional) before devouring.