Drinking While Baking

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.

Did you catch 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.

18 thoughts on “Drinking While Baking

  1. HOLY CRAP BROWNIES MADE WITH BEER?!?! Sorry, that's not a very polite introduction. I came across your blog this morning and I'm sucked in. You managed to combine 2 of my favorite things (yes, brownies and beer.) You are my hero! I also think you are awesome because you referred to Equinox as the 1%ers gym (lol, lol) and you hate bad spelling, too! Yeah!
  2. Oh. my. gosh. Those look absolutely incredible. So thick and decadent! I would definitely have gone with Guinness myself - though I completely support and endorse your oatmeal stout suggestion as well.
  3. Um, hello that is a recipe that has to appeal to a LOT of people - including my husband for sure. BUT (weirdo that I am) I dont like beer!! I know - im wine obsessed. Will I like these brownies even if I dont like beer?? I LOVE the idea of trialling 30 cookie recipes as well... this food loving thing can get expensive though cant it!? :)
  4. I was literally talking to someone about that just yesterday!!! I HATE when I see "peak" used instead of "peek" -- it puts a bee in MY bonnet, too! And those brownies look really delicious... Great to meet and chat with you today! Your kids are so cute!

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