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This is what happens when you combine four of the greatest things on the planet. Be warned, these deliciously dark devil cakes will awaken an addiction for chocolate brownies you didn’t even know you had (and probably won’t know how to control).


2 x 100 g slabs Lindt 70% dark chocolate
1 x 150 g Cadbury Dairy Milk
1 cup butter
1 cup Fraser’s Folly Stout
1 cup brown sugar
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp instant coffee
3 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup pretzels, broken up


1. Preheat the oven to 180f and line a baking tray (we used a 20×20 cm tray) with baking paper.
2. In a small pot bring the stout to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 10 minutes. It should reduce to ¼ cup, then set aside to cool.
3. To melt the chocolate and butter together you need to create a double boiler. Fill a small pot with a little water and heat until it begins to simmer. Then place a glass bowl or a smaller pot on top. The top bowl or smaller pot must not touch the water. The idea is that the steam will gently melt the chocolate and butter in the top bowl. Melt the chocolate and butter while stirring occasionally until mixed together and completely melted.
4. Transfer the chocolate mix into a medium size bowl and let it cool slightly. Then whisk in the stout, sugar, salt, vanilla and coffee. Next whisk in the eggs followed by the flour and lastly the pretzels.
5. Pour the mixture into your baking tray and top with a few whole pretzels.
6. Bake for 30 minutes. At the 30 minute mark, stick a toothpick into the brownies to see if they are done. It should come out relatively clean. If the centre is too moist then bake for 5 minutes longer.

Let the brownies cool and firm up before you cut them. Alternatively just throw a few scoops of ice cream straight into the tray and eat the whole lot.

Written by Beer Country

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