Chocolate-Stout Brownies

Chocolate and Beer.. Two of my favorite things. Beer is something I have grown to appreciate more and more over the past few years. And chocolate.. well that has always been a happy addiction. These brownies were definitely different than anything I have made before. My advice to you should you choose to make these bad boys, is to give yourself plenty of time! They took a little while but it was well worth it, I promise. These brownies are very rich, as they have 4 types of chocolate AND the stout. Sounds dreamy, right??

Originally, this recipe was going to made with a very special stout made by a very special family, but much to my dismay, they were all out when I arrived to pick it up. Although I was not able to use their stout, you should still check out and “like” their Facebook page here. They are an awesome family who have been making beer for some time now, and have finally perfected it to share with the rest of the world. Their Copper Ale, “Trail Blazer”, just premiered this last week at the Inland Empire Brewing Company. It was probably the best beer I have ever had. So show them some love!

{Chocolate-Stout Brownies}
Recipe adapted from here
 
1 cup flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp kosher salt
6 tbs unsalted butter, cubed
8 oz dark, bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 bottles of your favorite stout
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
 
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 9 x 13 non-stick baking pan with parchment paper. I do one long piece going across the width of the pan, as it makes them easier to lift out after they have cooled. You can do this how you want though, for example greasing the pan.
Pour both bottles of the stout into a sauce pan. You will be reducing the beer down to 1 1/4 cups. This should take about 15-20 min. Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cocoa and salt. Set aside. Next, with a double boiler melt together your butter, dark, and white chocolate. Stir constantly. Remove from heat as soon it is melted and smooth. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar for 3 minutes on high. You will want this mixture to be fluffy. Add melted chocolate mixture.  Mix in flour mixture, and once combined, add the beer and vanilla. Pour into pan, and top with white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Bake for 20-25 min. Check with tooth pick around 20 minutes to be safe. Let brownies cool completely before cutting. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar, and enjoy!
 

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