My evil Irish twin put me up to these.
Now, before you judge him too harshly, a few things to keep in mind: these are flourless, low sugar, flavonoid rich dark chocolate brownies. Very respectable as treats go.
And the taste? Imagine the rich, velvety, melt-in-your-mouth moistness of chocolate torte combined with the earthy notes of Guinness and the textured crunch of pecan. Yup. You’ll want to be putting these puppies on your St.Paddy’s Day party list!
- 300 grams 75% cocoa chocolate, (3 large bars) I use Lindt
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/3 cup demerara sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tsp corn starch
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans + a few whole ones for topping
- 3 eggs
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup), stout beer such as Guinness
I made these brownies twice (all part of the sacrifices I make for my readers). In my first batch, I used a dark Muskoka ale with caramel and chocolate notes that was lovely. In my second batch, I made a few happy adjustments to the recipe and used Guinness. Hard to go wrong with Guinness… but, if you can’t get your hands on it or don’t like it, any stout or dark ale is workable.
I should also say that these brownies work equally well without alcohol so it remains, as always, optional.