I didn’t want to turn my oven on. I really, really didn’t. It is soooo hot out. Unbearably hot, but sometimes you just crave a brownie, and sometimes you just have to take one for the team. I’ve been wanting to make a rocky road-style “something” here lately, but I just didn’t know what. It’s getting a little late for me to be recipe testing new ice cream recipes, and I thought that my stout brownie cups would be the perfect platform/vessel (or whatever you would like to call it) for all the deliciousness that comes along with something being “rocky road.” Marshmallow, chocolate chips and chopped almonds decorate these little beauties, and it was seriously love at first bite.
I’ve been going crazy, out-of-my-mind, for the past couple of months. Every time I feel like I’m caught up, I realize there was something else I needed to do. This summer has been a whirlwind. I love a good vacation. Trust me, I do, but after those vacations come the stress of being so far behind, and this stress just doesn’t seem to want to subside.
As a result of my overwhelming stress, I have had an incredible amount of “recipe fails” lately. Maybe I’m getting rusty, who knows, but it’s been sucking … pretty badly … lately.
I decided to go back to the basics and make these brownies. I know them. I know them well, and it’s pretty much impossible for me to screw them up. I also just really, really needed a brownie. Man, am I so glad they were a success for my mind, body and soul. Also, I wouldn’t have had anything to share with you today, and I don’t think anyone wants that!
I think I’m beginning to get my groove back, and it’s all thanks to these little bite-sized babies.
These brownies are pretty basic, except for the beer part of course! I love stout in my brownies, and this recipe is a real winner!
Beer: Left Hand Brewing’s Milk Stout or Milk Stout Nitro
Brewery: Left Hand Brewing
Style: Sweet/Milk Stout
Alcohol Content: 4.9%
Description: In addition to drinking it of course, I love Left Hand’s Milk Stout for cooking and baking. It is literally my go to stout when I’m making brownies, cakes and cookies. It is the perfect flavor enhancer to any sweet dish. Just think: milk and cookies. This is the vibe I get when pairing/cooking with this beer. It is soooo smooth, sweet and sultry with enough body to keep you going back for more. I particularly gravitate towards the Nitro version, as should you. Just remember that when you go to pick up a bottle to cook with, that you buy a second bottle to pair with! Or just do everyone in your household a favor, and buy a 6-pack!
Happy Wednesday! Here is the recipe!