I love bloggers. I love their entrepreneurial spirit, I love that they are outspoken, I love that they take the time to give a sh!t about what the readers want to read, I love that they understand that most everyone has SOMETHING to say. EVEN IF IT’S IN ALL CAPS.
There is one thing I don’t love. It’s easy to miss, and today, EQUINOX, the fancy, expensive, one percenter’s gym sent me an email doing it.
Is there a mountain creeping up behind you in the gym? No? Ok, that would be a “sneaky peak” anyways. It’s SNEAK PEEK, my loves. SNEAK to the ever loving PEEK. Lord knows, I am the QUEEN of the on-purpose, run-on sentence. Sneak peak just puts a bee in my bonnet.
That being said, why DOES Equinox send me an email with a lady on the front? I AM a lady, show me strength, not a less dressed model. The gym I am a member of, shows me pictures of the equipment and classes in their emails. I like that. Show me the TRX machine that makes me hate my life, or the Zumba class I totally suck at, but love.
Moving on. Do you like chocolate? Do you like beer? How about chocolate and beer together? Yeah, I thought so.
Say hello to stownies. Stout Brownies. A lovely combination of melted chocolate, butter, flour, sugar, and BEER. I used Guinness, but a Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout or a Great Lakes Brewing Company Chocolate Stout would also be GREAT. For some reason, my bodega only sells Guinness or Michelob Ultra. (The only thing I’d use Mickey Ultra for is a slug trap!!) Go figure.
Making these brownies was hilarious. I was in a baking/cooking frenzy and I ran out of liquid measuring cups, so I may or may not have used a clean baby bottle with ounce lines to measure the beer. I live in NYC. Space is limited. I got creative. I was tempted to screw on a lid and drink the excess, but I refrained.
Stownies (adapted from a recipe given to me by a friend) Batch 2 of 30.
- 1 C ap flour
- 3.4 cup dutch process cocoa powder (darkest you can find)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 stick of softened butter
- 8 oz semi or bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips or 3 lindt or godiva chocolate truffles
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 10 oz stout (room temp)
Preheat oven to 375F Melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl on high in 20 second increments, stirring in between. Whisk together in a separate bowl, cocoa, flour, and salt. In a LARGE mixer beat the eggs and sugar on high for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Turn the mixer to low and slowly pour in chocolate mixture until combined. Add in stout. Slowly stir in dry mixture, pour into a foil lined and greased 9″-13″ pan and bake for 30-33 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Enjoy with coffee, milk, or beer.