I hope that you have already made something, bought something or gotten something for Valentine’s Day. However, if you are slacking or just want to whip something delectable up quickly, I’ve got you covered. Grab some stout beer and some chocolate and if all else fails, just consume those two things, so buy extra. I prepared these and then handed them out as gifts because I decided to try a juice cleanse on Valentine’s Day. I think I consumed enough treats on Galentine’s Day. Enjoy and Happy Hearts and Yummy things day!
- 1 c dark beer
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1/2 c + 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 c + 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 oa unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 c all-purpose flour
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 1 c powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp beer concentrate
Make the beer concentrate. I’m not sure if it was just a user error but my beer kept overflowing in the pot and making a huge mess. Finally after the 3rd time, it calmed down and I was able to easily reduce the rest of the liquid. Just a heads up in case you have the same user error.Add the beer to a pot and boil until it reduces to 1/3 cup. It will take about 20 minutes or so, depending on if you have issues like I did.
Preheat the oven to 325, and use a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan spray with oil.
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, cocoa powder, sugar, and unsweetened chocolate. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. Stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds.
Let the mixture cool.
Stir in 4 tablespoons of the beer concentrate, the egg white, vanilla and salt.
You are looking to activate the gluten in this baby, so you want to stir at least 50 times after adding the flour.
Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. It will be done when knife comes out of center clean.
Once the brownies are cool, make the frosting: beat together the softened butter and powdered sugar until combined.
Beat in the beer concentrate.
Frost brownies and enjoy.