One Bowl Stout Skillet Brownie Recipe

I love baking with stout (as seen by my stout cake donut recipe) it gives chocolate a deeper more luxurious flavor and tastes beer-y without being toooo beer-y (here’s looking at you beer cheese dip that still hold carbonation.). Two things make this recipe truly great you only need one bowl and a cast-iron skillet to prepare it, meaning less cleaning, more eating and it only requires 10 easy-to-find ingredients.

Stout Skillet Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter

  • 1 cup stout beer (sweet stout or milk stout are best)

  • 8 oz (two 4oz bars) semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • 3/4 cup white sugar

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon butter or cooking spray

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Method

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Place chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl.

  • Over medium heat in the cast-iron skillet warm butter and stout until butter is completely melted. Bring mixture to a simmer, set a timer for 10 minutes, and cook while stirring occasionally. (This reduces the amount of liquid from the stout and eliminates any carbonation from the beer.)

  • Pour the mixture over the chopped chocolate. Allow to rest for about a minute. Then whisk until thoroughly combined.

  • Add sugars and whisk until the mixture has a uniform texture.

  • Add egg and whisk vigorously. Repeat with each egg yolk, adding one at a time.

  • Sift cocoa powder and flour directly into the bowl and sprinkle with salt. Stir with the whisk just until the mixture becomes uniform. Do not over mix (you’ll get tough brownies, yuck!).

  • Use cooking spray or 1 tablespoon butter to coat skillet (it will still be warm) and pour in batter.

  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Rotate the skillet after 15 minutes. When the brownies are done the edges will appear thoroughly baked but the center will look just set and still steamy.

  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes (the skillet will be VERY hot) on a wire rack.

  • Slice and serve carefully, minding the hot skillet. Top with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, shaved chocolate, or your favorite toppings.

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Secrets to Stout Brownie Success

  • Use a milk stout, sweet stout, or a flavored stout. I often use Trader Joe’s Boatswain Chocolate Stout because it has cocoa powder in it and it is CHEAP (no worries about wasting beer in brownies there.) I also enjoy Left Hand milk stout in this recipe and Founder’s Breakfast Stout. Stouts that lean too roasty can give a bit of metallic flavor to this recipe so save those for drinking.

  • Do not over mix once four has been added. Have you ever had a gummy brownie? The culprit is gluten development. As soon as that flour hits the wet batter gluten begins to form and mixing encourages more, faster gluten development. Mix just until you have a uniform batter and you’ll avoid gummy and get fudgey.

  • This is a rustic dessert, it doesn’t come out of the cast-iron perfectly. If you’re looking for a show-stopping dessert table centerpiece, keep looking. If you’re looking for a fire side dessert with the fam…hello stout brownies.

Stout Brownie Beer Pairing

  • The obvious pairing, the stout you used in the brownies! When you eat the brownie with the same stout baked into it the stout flavors become more apparent and dark beers always feel like an end-of meal beverage.

  • Kriek works surprisingly well with this dessert. The hit of fruit and vibrant carbonation breaks up the heavy mouthfeel of the decadent brownie and provides a counterpoint to the bitter sweet flavors. This pairing brightens up the dessert course and leaves you feeling lighter than other beer pairings.

  • Belgian Dark Strong like Chimay Grand Reserve works well with this chocolate flavors of the brownie while adding some dark fruit flavors to the mix. When I drank this beer with the brownies I got a lot of dark brown sugar flavor I hadn’t noticed before. I also think this beer is an excellent meal ender, almost like a port.

Homemade Rx Bars!

So, this is a little off the beaten path here. Making RX Bars doesn't have anything to do with drinking beer, other than the fact that I have to eat RX Bars to stay at a reasonable weight - because I drink so much beer! 

I'm OBSESSED with the Chocolate Coconut RX Bars but at more than $3.00 a pop I had to stop snacking on these before work outs or at work. Or I could figure out my own way to make them. After a couple (like five!) tries, I found a recipe that I love even without the chocolate. 

Before you go shopping! I have to tell you, I got all the ingredients for these bars from Trader Joe's. Living in New York City, Trader Joe's is a regular savior for both my wallet and my travel time, so finding every. single. thing. I needed was really exciting. 

Ok! Now lets get down to making these things!



This all seems really easy because it is! But I have a few tips from my trials perfecting this recipe. 

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I have a tiny Manhattan kitchen with no room for a food processor, so I just dumped everything in my Vitamix. One thing I learned is that it is much easier to use a blender if you make a double batch! With a single batch I was scraping the bottom with a spatula constantly.

Look at all that bar trapped under the blender blades! 😱

Look at all that bar trapped under the blender blades! 😱

I also learned that you can cut the sheet of bars into individual bars right through the plastic! This also help keep the bars from sticking together while they are being stored, and keeps your hands clean. All good things people, all good things! 

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Beer Pairing! 

What, since it's a healthy-ish snack recipe you don't get a beer pairing? Heck no! 

I recently discovered the Ultimate Light from Omission Brewing and was SO EXCITED. These beers are gluten free, but even better just 99 calories. You can literally drink a six-pack for less calories than a frappauccino. (Omg frappuccinos are so many calories??!) 

This beer is nice and light, with some soft carbonation on the pallet and a nice grain backbone. (I wrote all about if for October.) 

So it pairs nicely with an active day and a gluten free, dairy free, protein packed snack bar!