Thursday, March 11, 2010

Guinness Chocolate Pudding or "Chocolate Guinness Goodness"


Everywhere I look food bloggers are preparing celebratory dishes for St. Patrick's day in the same way, with Guinness!

While I claim to love everything, (it's a growing problem) I have to say that extra dark stout beers are not high on the list.  The last dark beer I tried was on the aforementioned (previous post) Scotland trip, and I didn't even drink half of what was given to me. It was good, but so filling! Afterward, I felt like I had eaten a large, yeasty piece of bread. My husband on the other hand, likes them just fine.  When I saw this recipe for chocolate pudding made with Guinness I knew it would be something we both could appreciate.

The recipe comes from epicurious.com.  There's a nice little write-up from the chef who concocted it and dubbed it "Chocolate Guinness Goodness".  You'll find it here under "editor's note".


The finished dessert mimics a frothy pint of stout.  Using a 70-ish% dark chocolate will yield the nicest dark stout appearance. I'm not quite sure if my chocolate had the right percentage of cacao.  I had several unmarked blocks in my stash so I just used what looked darkest.


I like the ease and simplicity of this recipe. The main players are the usual: egg yolks, sugar and cream.


The cream and stout are cooked together in a sauce pan until slightly bubbly, but not boiling.

The chopped dark chocolate is then added to the hot cream and stout mixture.  I added a little dark cocoa powder for extra color and also because I wasn't sure if my chocolate was dark enough. I think both color and flavor turned out really nice!

One thing that I altered slightly was the topping (or "froth") that consists of freshly whipped cream and a Guinness reduction.  For me, leaving this component unsweetened was really off-putting.  It had a yeasty, flat taste that I just couldn't get off my tongue.  I added 3 tablespoons of sugar and it became much more harmonious with the sweetened chocolate pudding. The topping is definitely the most Guinness-like tasting portion of this dessert.  If you are serving this to little ones, you may want to make a plain vanilla topping and forgo the Guinness reduction completely.


The Guinness reduction is really quite beautiful to look at.  After about 20 minutes of simmering, the stout becomes a rich amber color and a little syrupy in consistency. 


Ingredients

4large egg yolks
½cup sugar plus 3 tbsp.
cups Guinness Stout
cups heavy cream
4ounces high-quality bittersweet (70 to 72% cacao) chocolate, finely chopped

Directions

In large nonreactive mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar. Open can of Guinness and slowly pour into 4-cup measuring cup, pouring down side of cup to reduce foaming. Pour 1/2 cup of Guinness into heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add 1 1/4 cups cream and whisk to combine. Set over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until bubbles just begin to form at edges. Remove from heat, add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Slowly pour hot chocolate mixture into eggs, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. Return mixture to saucepan and set over moderately low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens. Divide pudding among glasses, leaving at least 1 inch of space at top of each. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled and set. Meanwhile, pour 1 cup of Guinness into small saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to moderately low and simmer, uncovered, until reduced to 1 tablespoon, about 20 minutes. Pour syrup into small bowl and let cool. Beat remaining cream and 3 tbsp. sugar until soft peaks form. Add 1 tsp. (or more to your liking) of the Guinness syrup and beat until combined. Divide cream among 4-6 glasses of pudding and serve.

To me, the chocolate pudding portion tastes much like a brownie.  It's strange, the Guinness adds a certain something.... something I cannot adequately explain.  I would never know I was having stout with my pudding, if it were not for the cream topping.  


This recipe is certainly a keeper.  My picky husband likes it and I'm sure that those passionate about stouts will love it too.


I think Guinness just got a little higher on my "love" list.  However, at the top of the list is my favorite Black-and-Tan...


...who couldn't be bothered to lift his head for a photograph!  He had this comment: "zzzzzzzzzzzzz".


Your Pal,

71 comments:

the wicked noodle said...

Heather, this sounds too good NOT to try! This year I'll be making my usual Guinness Corned Beef, and this sounds like the perfect dessert - thanks!

Sherryl said...

Wowza!!! Chocolate and beer - my husband will go nuts!

Kim @ Frostmeblog.blogspot.com said...

omg! This will be perfect for a friend's bday that is coming up! Thanks! YUM!

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com

Gala said...

Yuuum! I wonder what else goes good with guinness except of chocolate, maybe white chocolate would be and interesting try!

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home said...

Really cute presentation!

My sister refers to Guinness as "a meal in a glass." I didn't think there was anyway to make Guinness palatable to me, but pudding form sounds like something I can totally handle.

ps: Your illustration with your dog (and cake!) is so cool!

Meghan said...

oh, this looks absolutely delicious! i really like the process photos, too -- helps to see what "bubbling but not boiling" actually looks like.
and your pup is adorable.

where did you get the little jars you served it in? i love them!

Natalie... said...

Oooh wow these look so good, i love the little jars as well, so cute hehe :)

Andre Nievo said...

Nice idea. Gotta surprise my friends with this.

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

Oh so cute! Very clever idea.

Trish said...

My hubby & I both LOVE Guiness, but we always end up with a random bottle or so in the fridge. Can't wait to try out the recipe! (And I love the jars too!)

Sue Sparks said...

You always find such original recipes, and this is no exception! I'm not a beer drinker, but this sure looks fabulous! Love your presentation:) Doesn't epicurious have great recipes?!?

Cozy pup:)

Lisa said...

These look delicious. I love the way you have these looking like a glass of Guinness :)

Kevin said...

Those look so good! Great idea!

Ingrid said...

Is there nothing you make that isn't spot on perfect?

Love your sweet doggie.
~ingrid

SprinkleBakes said...

Thank you everyone for such nice comments!

To Meghan and the others asking about the jars - they are spice jars! I use them without the lid for verrines and puddings. You can find them at most home goods stores. I think they were .99 cents per jar. Cute and a good deal too!

Kathleen said...

Heather, what a great idea for St. Pattys! Your puppy is tooooo adorable!

Cat said...

As always Heather, everything looks so good I could lick my computer screen!! Not being much of a beer drinker (well, actually, I don't like the stuff at all!), I might not make this unless it was for someone else, but I think the idea is fabulous! But, of course, this is not surprising, it's a SprinkleBakes idea!! Have a great St. Pattys!! Cat

dognbird said...

This looks delicious and it's so attractive. Well done!

anna said...

Yum! I'm not a big fan of stouts either but I love them in chocolate desserts. I love that the puddings look like little glasses of Guinness. Too cute!

chocolatecup said...

i have never used beer in any of my recipes before because i dont drink much beer. stout is a kind of beer right? correct me if i am wrong! your choc pudding looks soooo creamily delicious incorporating stout that i just might get that bottle of stout tomorrow:)

Mara... said...

My hubby is a huge beer snob...I mean connisour (I know I spelled that wrong) and I need to make this for him! I bet he would love it. TFS!!!

Appetite for Conversation said...

This is my first time on your site, and I LOVE your pictures! I have yet to try a chocolate ~ Guinness combination, but I must try soon. Thanks!

Monkeyface said...

Heather... that looks delicious, I'm going to be making that soon! Thanks!

TheoGB said...

Looks good. :-) I wonder how this would taste if it was made with a bottle of Young's Double Chocolate Stout

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/664/73

I guess you probably have similar stuff in the States somewhere.

Thanks.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

What adorable jars and toppers you used. The pudding sounds delicious too. My bf and I have pretty different taste in food as well, so I love how you found a way to meet in the middle.

molex333 said...

I made this for St. Patty's day and it came out great. As I told you on Twitter, I added a 1/2 shot of Bailey's to the Whipped topping and it brought it to a whole new level of awesome!

Rosanna said...

this looks delicious! i think i'm going to give making it a try :)

pineapplebread said...

yummmy... def wanna try it. :D not that i like guinness much on its own, but when it's been reduced and put into pudding ?!?!?! yum!

Lisa Duncan said...

Wow, Guinness is my fav! What a great recipe, can't wait to give this one a try. Love your picture presentations--great, clear photos and so helpful.

Cassie, RN, OCN said...

Which store did you find those particular spice jars at? I haven't been able to find any with the shape that I like.

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Cassie,
I got mine at Cost Plus World Market. They have an online store, but I could not find them on the website. I believe they are only available in-store. They are in the housewares section and are .99 cents each. They have a glass lid with a plastic ring (to seal airtight) around the edge. I have seen them at Bed, Bath and Beyond too, but more recently at World Market.

Cassie, RN, OCN said...

ok, thank you! - I was able to find the yogurt jars... but only in France =p

Domino said...

I've made this recipe twice now and they've been a big hit! It's very easy to make and your pictures are gorgeous.

The two notes I made on the recipe after making it were: where you say to mix the chocolate & egg over medium heat till it thickens, I found it's almost impossible to tell when it's thickened. About 5 minutes seemed to do it, but it doesn't really thicken the way a white sauce does so this was a little confusing the first time.

The other change I made was that I actually doubled the amount of topping. I found the original amount was disappointingly thin on top so a double topping worked great the second time I made them. This was probably not a problem for you as the spice jars you used seem to narrow at the top, but I used small glasses that got slightly wider and it definitely looked better with the extra.

Overall a great recipe and I will keep on making this one for many years, I'm sure!

Corinne said...

where do you get your little jars?

สถานที่ท่องเที่ยว said...

Yuuum! I wonder what else goes good with guinness except of chocolate, maybe white chocolate would be and interesting try!

Cassandra Marie said...

My boyfriend would love these!

xo,
Cassie
(Moon Face)

{lovely little things} said...

This sounds delightful!

acheter kamagra said...

Salut Cassie,
J'ai eu le mien au prix coûtant majoré du marché mondial. Ils ont une boutique en ligne, mais je ne pouvais pas les trouver sur le site. Je crois qu'ils sont uniquement disponibles en magasin. Ils sont dans la section articles ménagers et 99 cents chacune. Ils ont un couvercle en verre avec un anneau en plastique (à fermeture hermétique) sur le pourtour. Je les ai vus à l 'Bed, Bath and Beyond aussi, mais plus récemment au marché mondial.

best ed solution said...

oh how delicious it looks never seen or tasted anything like it!

Chrome Handles said...

This pics are making me crazy
yummy!

Stephanie said...

Oooh, I love me some Guinness. And Extra Stout...even better! I just bought a 6-pack yesterday to experiment with fun dishes for St. Patty's Day! :-) I love how you presented them in tiny glass jars. Lovely.

Fresh and Foodie said...

I love this! I'm obsessed with trying to work beer or booze into recipes -- can you blame me? This looks lovely and your pictures are beautiful. There's nothing better than chocolate pudding...until you add Guinness!

Chic Cookies said...

Brilliant! Amazing! Gorgeous! Wow, your photos are incredible. I crumpled a spoon on my computer screen trying to get some. I posted a link on ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com :)

Aubrey said...

I had this at a restaurant and it was amazing!! I don't even like beer, but it was love at first bite!! They used little pint pilsner glasses to serve it in and it made an amazing presentation. It looks just like a pint of Guinness.

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elizabeth said...

wow - my husband may love you for posting this - I must try this - love the Guinness on a stick also!!

ULiNe said...

I love them both, guinness and chocolate. Will try this! Thanks for sharing. ^__^

katie said...

I love this idea!! amazing!!

acheter viagra en ligne said...

J'ai eu ce dans un restaurant et c'était incroyable! Je n'ai même pas comme la bière, mais c'était de l'amour à la première bouchée! Ils ont utilisé des verres à bière petite pinte pour le servir et il en a fait une présentation étonnante. Il ressemble à une pinte de Guinness.

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▴triune. said...

Can you substitute Guinness Draught for Guinness Stout in your recipe? I like the former, not the latter! Dunno i'll catch your reply (if you do), but could you email guinness at tehk.org ? Cheers!

SprinkleBakes said...

You certainly can!

Ms. Kathleen said...

I need to share this with my son -- Guinness lover !

mathijs segers said...

You should add a quick list of ingrediënts on top :) making this saturday.

mszydlowski said...

Heather, what an amazing recipe! Thanks @triune, I was also going to ask about the Guinness Draught. Great photography and loved the bottle cap on a stick. Perfect time for a St. Patrick's Day dessert :)

Dawn said...

I would imagine that you served this cold. Did you prepare the cream ahead and refrigerate? Or did you put it together and then refrigerate?

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Dawn!

I put it together and then refrigerated. It was served cold. :)

elleeff said...

These look beyond amazing. I'm looking for something to post on my own blog when I found this, but I don't think I could do this justice. Great job! Great photos!

elleeff said...

These look beyond amazing. I'm looking for something to post on my own blog when I found this, but I don't think I could do this justice. Great job! Great photos!

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Anonymous said...

It seems that every time I make this it turns out grainy from the sugar... Help. :(

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Sonia Monagheddu said...

Hi, I’m Sonia, italian food blogger sorry for my bad english, I want tell you that I have included the link of this recipe (which I liked very much) in the section on my blog dedicated to “10 ways to make” (“10 Modi di Fare”) pudding.
The post is ‘Pudding al cioccolato e caffè’,
I hope not to bother you, have a nice day.
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lemonkerdz said...

Love Guinness and the idea of having a Guinness dessert sounds great. Your photos are really good as well making it look really top quality

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Styela said...

This looks absolutely delicious! i really like the process photos, too -- helps to see what "bubbling but not boiling" actually looks like.

Styela said...

This is my first time on your site, and I LOVE your pictures! I have yet to try a chocolate ~ Guinness combination, but I must try soon. Thanks!

Alice Emma Thompson said...

These look so gorgeous Heather ... I have included them in my round-up of Guinness fuelled recipes for St Patrick's Day - Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

adhiti said...

This is my first time on your site, and I LOVE your pictures! I have yet to try a chocolate ~ Guinness combination, but I must try soon. Thanks!

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