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Guinness brownies with salted caramel drizzle

Guinness brownies with salted caramel drizzle

Earthy, bitter stout really sets off the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel in this grown-up traybake. Reducing the Guinness first concentrates its flavour and prevents the batter from becoming too liquid.

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Vegetarian
  • Makes16
  • CourseCake
  • Prepare30 mins
  • Cook1 hr 5 mins
  • Total time1 hr 35 mins
  • Pluscooling

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Ingredients

  • 210g unsalted bytter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 440ml can Guinness
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 50ml double cream
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes, plus extra to serve (optional)
  • 100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 100g milk chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 3 British Blacktail Medium Free Range Eggs
  • 100g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Grease and line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment. Pour the Guinness into a saucepan and bubble over a medium-high heat until reduced to 150ml (10-15 minutes), keeping an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t overflow. Set aside.

  2. Put 70g sugar in another saucepan with 2 tbsp water and stir gently with a wooden spoon over a low heat until all the sugar has dissolved, then turn up the heat and cook, without stirring, until it caramelises and turns an amber colour (don’t let it go too dark).

  3. Remove the caramel pan from the heat and stir in 10g butter until melted, then the cream, 50ml reduced Guinness and ½ tsp sea salt. The mixture will seize up, so put it back over a low heat and stir vigorously until it becomes smooth again. Bubble for 3-5 minutes to reduce; it should have a consistency slightly thicker than double cream. Pour into a small bowl and set aside.

  4. Put the remaining 200g butter and both chocolates in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (don’t let the base of the bowl touch the water), stirring occasionally, until melted. Remove from the heat and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl using an electric hand whisk), beat together the remaining 280g sugar and the eggs until light and thick (about 10 minutes).

  5. Gently fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture along with the remaining 100ml reduced Guinness and ½ tsp sea salt, then sieve in the flour and cocoa powder. Fold together until well combined. Pour ½ the batter into the lined tin, drizzle over ½ the caramel, then pour over the remaining batter, reserving the remaining caramel. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the top is set with a papery texture. The brownies are ready when a knife inserted into the centre has moist crumbs (but no raw batter) when removed. Cool in the tin before cutting into 16 squares. Drizzle over the remaining caramel and sprinkle with a few sea salt flakes, if liked.

Cook’s tip

If the reserved caramel has set while the brownies are baking, just reheat it over a low heat until smooth again. 

Nutritional

Typical values per item when made using specific products in recipe

Energy

1,369kJ/ 328kcals

Fat

19g

Saturated Fat

11g

Carbohydrates

34g

Sugars

28g

Fibre

1.5g

Protein

3.9g

Salt

0.6g

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