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March 21, 2011

Guinness Brownies

Left over Guinness from the weekend? Try this chocolately treat. Guinness has a very similar effect on chocolate as coffee does – it becomes richer, more flavourful, more robust! You will smell the beer as these babies bake in the oven, but they won’t taste like beer when they come out.

 

Ingredients

1 cup flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

8 ounces dark bittersweet chocolate (chopped or measured chips)

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

4 large eggs, room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 1/4 cups Guinness Extra Stout beer, room temperature, (let the foam settle)

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Method
1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease 9×13 pan.

2. In medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder and salt until evenly combined. Set aside.

3. In double boiler over low heat, melt butter, bittersweet chocolate and white chocolate chips. Stir constantly until melted. Remove from heat.

4. In large bowl, beat eggs and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy; about 3 minutes. Add spoonful of egg mixture to chocolate mixture to cool it off (you don’t want to cook your eggs.) Add chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat well.

5. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and beat until just combined. Whisk in beer. Pour in chocolate chips and stir to combine. Pour into prepared pan.

6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes (checking for doneness starting at 25 minutes). Brownies are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let brownies cool to room temperature before cutting.

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March 17, 2011

Spicy Guinness Mustard

Happy St Patrick’s Day! For the last few days, a bowl full of this mustard concoction has been sitting on my counter, staring at me, longing to be eaten. Finally today I can run it through the food processor and finish it off. This mustard is the creme de la creme for mustard lovers and NOT for the faint at heart! It’s flavour is spicy and strong. Just like store bought mustard, you can keep this in the fridge for up to 6 months. During it’s refrigerated lifespan, the flavours will mellow out significantly. This would be great served on a pork roast, or with sausage (come back tomorrow for some Guinness stewed sausage), or even on a chewy soft pretzel.

Ingredients:

1  12-oz. bottle Guinness Stout

1 1⁄2 cups brown mustard seeds

1 cup red wine vinegar

1 tbsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1⁄4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1⁄4 tsp. ground cloves

1⁄4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1⁄4 tsp. ground allspice

Method:

Combine ingredients in a nonreactive mixing bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 1–2 days so that the mustard seeds soften and the flavors meld.

Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a food processor and process, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, until the seeds are coarsely ground and the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a jar and cover.

Refrigerate overnight and use immediately or refrigerate for up to 6 months. (The flavor of the mustard will mellow as the condiment ages.)

March 16, 2011

Guinness Battered Fried Pickles

With St. Patty’s Day coming up this Thursday, it is only appropriate for me to celebrate in true Nest fashion – turning my kitchen into a Guinness factory and finding recipes that feature everyone’s favourite stout. Today I bring to you Guinness Battered Fried Pickles with Spicy Chipotle Dip.

Did you know: Guinness is the perfect diet drink. A pint of the good stuff contains only 198 calories. That’s less than most light beers, wine, orange juice or even low fat milk.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon seasoning salt

1 (12 oz.) bottle of Guinness

Panko Bread Crumbs/didn’t measure just enough to coat the pickles

Crinkle cut pickles

½ cup Mayonnaise

2 Tablespoons of chipotle salsa

Hot Sauce to taste

 

Method:

To make your dip: Combine about ½ cup of mayonnaise with chipotle salsa. Taste it for spiciness and add your desired amount of hot sauce.

Prepare 3 bowls. In the first, combine flour, seasoning salt and garlic powder. In the second, whisk together the beer and he buttermilk. Put the panko breadcrumbs in the third.

Remove the pickles from the jar and pat them dry with a paper towel. Place each slice individually in the flour…tapping off the excess. Then dunk it in the batter, letting the excess drip off. Then dredge it in the panko crumbs. Set the battered pickle on a cookie sheet covered with a sheet of wax paper. Do this for all of your pickles.

In a heavy bottomed pot, carefully heat about one inch of vegetable oil to 350 degrees. Using tongs, place each slice into the hot oil. Working in small batches, fry each pickle until golden brown, turning them halfway through the process. Remove them to a rack or to paper to drain a bit.

Remember to let your oil cool completely before disposing it by putting it in a sealed container like a jar and throwing it in the garbage. Do not pour your oil down the drain.

 

February 18, 2011

How To: Homemade Cards

Yesterday was my daddy’s birthday! I love making my parents homemade cards. Whenever they see them their faces light up and I feel a little girl who just had a drawing go up on the fridge. They are always so proud! Cards are a lot easier to make than they look and trust me… They impress everyone.

What you need:

1 piece of card stock paper for the base of the card (Any craft store – I get mine at Michael’s)

Pretty paper for your cupcakes (Any craft store – Check the scrapbook section, they usually have some clearance paper, I got mine for 29 cents each!)

Some stick on jewels, or glitter, or buttons, or ribbon, or flowers… you get the idea

A little bit of love

To Make:

Cut out cupcake shapes in your decorative paper (if you are worried about drawing the cupcake, you can email me and I will send you the template that I drew).

Glue your cupcakes on your card stock in a pyramid shape (or any shape your little heart desires). I like to use something called rubber-cement to glue my pieces down. You can buy it in any craft/art store and sometimes even at the dollar store. It is great because it doesn’t wrinkle paper and it wipes off once dry with zero residue. You can also use any other glue you may have on hand.

Use a few different colours and sizes of stick on jewels to decorate your cupcakes.

Voila! You could sell that baby at Hallmark for big bucks!

 

February 11, 2011

Valentine’s Day Fort

So the day of love is upon us… Only mere days away! I stumbled upon this valentine’s fort at Compai which is so awesome! Who doesn’t like a fort? No plans this monday? Skip the cheesy dinner and over priced roses and try something creative like this! They have a full tutorial there if you want to go for it!

January 30, 2011

Tea My Valentine?

The day of love is upon us. I freakin love this “holiday”. I remember Valentine’s Day in elementary school very fondly. Spending the afternoon decorating a card holder with construction paper hearts then walking around the class and handing out Strawberry Shortcake Valentine’s Day Cards with sayings on them like “I love you berry much”. All while stuffing your face with cinammon hearts and cupcakes iced with dreamy little clouds of pink icing! That was the best.

Check out these Valentine’s Day Tea bags from Creature Comforts. Full tutorial and free printable templates are available there for download! I made them for all of my favourite tea lovers and I think they are just adorable!

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