Black and Tan Brownies

  • JulieDean Posted: 06/10/10
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    I made these for a recent party and everyone thought they were fantastic. Me, I can't stand Guinness and even I loved them! The beer adds a subtle yet distinctive taste. I did have to bake my brownies about 12 minutes longer than the recipe said to, though (maybe because I used a glass pan?) On paper, the recipe sounds a bit more involved than it really is, so I'm glad I gave it a try and didn't just settle for the same-old-same-old brownies. I will definitely make these again...and again...and again...

  • Jocilyn Posted: 08/14/10
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    I wish they had a stronger flavor, but overall not bad

  • Akerinalaina Posted: 02/19/11
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    This recipe was awesome! Made it for a party and then took the leftovers to work the next day. So delicious and moist, I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn't change a thing!

  • rmiller415 Posted: 03/16/10
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    These are fantastic! Left out the nuts, but other than that, made as directed. Not too sweet, and the Guinness adds a nice bite. Worth the effort, and will be a great finish to the Guinness stew.

  • DeniseandBen Posted: 06/16/10
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    For each portion, I substituted half whole wheat flour and egg substitute for one of the eggs. We LOVED these!!! I'm going to have to reserve them for St. Patty's bc I ate way too many!!

  • muffi1 Posted: 02/20/10
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    These brownies are fantastic! Wonderful flavor, perfect consistency. I used walnuts instead of pecans because that was what I had. I think either would work great. So good!

  • RebeccaPaterson Posted: 03/20/10
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    This was a fun St Patty's treat. The taste is just sweet enough & wonderfully rich. The look is great. Be sure the bottom layer really cooks & doesn't look wet (using the lower rack works better with your oven not on convection bake). Pour the top layer gently & THINLY, don't expect to dump it in one place & then spread otherwise you'll end up more marble than layered.

  • joellaps Posted: 03/15/10
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    Made this for a family-style St. Pat's Dinner with three other families. Loved by old and young alike. Not overly sweet. Great taste and texture. Mine were more marbled than layered, should have followed instincts not timer on when to add second layer (every oven's different).

  • al24lola Posted: 03/02/10
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    I haven't made this recipe, but a black and tan still refers to the English and is made with Bass and Guinness. A half and half is made with Harp and Guinness.

  • Scully26 Posted: 03/20/10
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    These had an incredible taste! My only two comments are that the tan part had a very thick batter which made it hard to spread. By contrast, the black portion was very thin, and the recipe does not state whether the Guiness should be flat or not. Will gladly try these again!

  • mjmmjk Posted: 03/20/10
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    They turned out very moist and delicious! Made just as directed. Everybody was surprised at the secret ingredient!

  • kris123 Posted: 08/14/10
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    This is a wonderful brownie recipe. It has a flaky top layer with a chewier texture. The brownies have a rich texture inside. My brownie had a marbled look, so maybe follow previous reviewers' tips to get the desired look. I used guinness at room temperature, like I typically do for eggs in baking recipes. I had to bake the final portion longer, 10-15 minutes, to achieve the listed "tooth pick" test. However, I used a Le Creuset glazed pottery 13x9 pan. I sprayed the dish with non-stick and lined with parchment paper. I would try this again with a metal pan, since it may be a more appropriate pan for brownie baking.

  • apendol1 Posted: 11/27/11
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    These brownies were soft, spongy and not overly sweet (in a good way). The Guinness adds a fun and interesting malty flavor. They definitely don't taste "light" - but I don't think they're chocolatey enough for a traditional brownie lover. Next time I am going to add some chocolate chips!

  • Tharavn66 Posted: 02/06/12
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    I am not sure mine turned out great! I too got the marbled look and in my oven the bottom third and middle rack are the same, so I didn't know what to do. I just baked both times in the middle rack. Overall, I don't think I would make this recipe again.

  • TXMimi Posted: 05/03/12
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    These brownies were a big hit.

  • tbrenner Posted: 03/18/12
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    Terrific and very easy.

  • Bidpool Posted: 03/11/13
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    Loved them!I made a test batch a week before St Patrick's and they were gone in a day. I guess I have to get cookin!

  • rlepere Posted: 03/12/14
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    I consistently hear from people, "these are the best brownies I've ever had." I actually brought some to a friend who is from Ireland and he said, "Oh, I'm not much on sweets, but I'll try one." After he did, he was like, "I want the recipe. These are incredible!"

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