When life hands you lemons you make lemonade. When life hands you lemons and Guinness Stout, I’d ignore the lemons and drink the stout. But be sure to save a bottle or two, because you can use any extra beer to make Irish Beef Stew and a decadent Chocolate Stout Pound Cake, which I’m including in a double post series this week in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. And just in case life has, in fact, been handing you lemons lately, I will post the dessert first. Simple things like chocolate, stout, and the phrase “dessert first” are guaranteed to make things better.
Chocolate Stout Pound Cake
Makes one pound cake – recipe adapted from Real Simple.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup stout beer
1/4 pound (120 g) dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter a loaf pan. Line with parchment paper and butter the parchment paper. Dust with cocoa powder, shaking out excess.
Combine butter and stout in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until butter melts. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and stir until smooth.
Beat eggs and brown sugar in bowl of electric mixer until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chocolate and sour cream and mix to combine. Whisk remaining ingredients together in bowl. Add to the chocolate. Stir to combine without over-mixing. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake until set and a wooden skewer inserted in center comes clean, about 50 minutes. Cool in pan on rack 5 minutes. Turn pound cake out on the rack and cool completely. Cut in 1/2 inch slices. Serve with Irish Whiskey Whipped Cream.
Irish Whiskey Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons Irish Whiskey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat cream in the bowl of an electric mixer until traces of the whisk are visible. Add remaining ingredients. Continue to whip until soft peaks form. Transfer to a bowl. Serve with Chocolate Stout Pound Cake.