I must admit I wasn’t too excited to learn that the brownies that my friend made me last month contained stout! I couldn’t understand what a cup of strong dark beer would add to a brownie. But never one to turn down the chance to try a new food, I ate one and I was really impressed. The brownie was thick and gooey and had just a tang of bitterness from the stout. I went home to experiment and came up with these Guinness Brownies with a cream cheese swirl. A perfect treat for St Patrick’s Day!
Guinness always reminds me of my Dad. He was very partial to a pint (or two) of this famous dark brown Irish stout. The black can with white writing and gold harp brought back memories of him, but the smell of the Guinness once opened was a proper trip down memory lane!
Over 850 million litres of Guinness is brewed every year in 50 countries throughout the world. It’s one of the most successful beer brands of all time and is the most popular alcoholic drink in Ireland. It has a burnt tangy taste to it, due to the roasted barley that it is made from. There is a knack to pouring a pint of Guinness so that it leaves a thick white head (which leaves you with a foam moustache)!
Although, I may never be a pint of Guinness kind of girl, I will definitely be cooking with it again and I will definitely be making these brownies again. I tried this recipe without the cream cheese (and added chopped nuts) but I felt that the addition of the cream cheese swirl paired nicely with the tang from the dark chocolate and Guinness, so I’d recommend it. Plus they looked pretty cool too with the white swirl 😊. I hope that you try them. Enjoy!