I have a bunch of leftover beer from a barbecue I had a few months ago. It was one of those fluke beautiful days in March and I spur-of-the-moment invited some people over and it all came together really well. This post isn't about the barbecue though, it's about the beer.
So, I have a bunch of beer leftover and I was thinking today that I wanted to make brownies. Originally, I thought I'd make whiskey brownies, but then I realized I didn't have any whiskey and the idea of buying some just to cook with seemed silly, so I thought of what I did have and again, came up with beer. I found a lot of recipes for stout brownies, but not having any stout, I thought I could work with it.
I used this recipe, but naturally made plenty of changes along the way. As a tangent, I am always slightly disappointed by how my recipes come out (except for that chocolate peanut butter cake, that thing was absurd), maybe I should actually follow the recipes that other people have tried before. What a concept.
I used a wide variety of chocolates. There were Nestles chocolate chips, Hershey's 60% dark, some Lake Champlain milk chocolate square, a milk-chocolate Hershey's Easter bunny and a random Hershey's nugget. (Next time I quit the frugal and just buy the Scharffen Berger)
Xingu Black Beer. I had never had it before, but it seemed like the darkest brew in the crisper drawer. I did drink the last sip and it reminded me somewhat of the Manischewitz of the beer world. I don't think that's necessarily a good thing, but it's not that bad...
Completely unrelated to beer, Star Market was having a sale on berries, so I bought a bunch. I made a lovely strawberry, blackberry, blueberry fruit salad and ate it with my warm, gooey brownie. It was de-light-ful.