Oatmeal Stout Brownies with Caramelized Bacon

Oatmeal Stout Brownies with Caramelized Bacon

Serves 10-12
Prep time 40 minutes
Cook time 35 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 15 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Chocolate + beer + bacon = love.

Ingredients

  • 12oz oatmeal stout
  • 1 cup extra dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar (tightly packed)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • A crapload of chocolate chips
  • 6 thin slices bacon
  • 1 heaped tablespoon brown sugar (tightly packed)

Directions

Step 1
Tilt a large bowl and slowly pour the stout in. Mix together the oatmeal stout and the unsweetened cocoa powder.
Step 2
Add the brown sugar, butter or butter substitute, eggs and vanilla extract and whisk, making sure all the yolks are broken.
Step 3
Add the flour, salt and a handful (or four) of chocolate chips and stir just until blended.
Step 4
Pour into a greased 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inch baking pan.
Step 5
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out relatively clean.
Step 6
While the brownie is baking, place 6 strips of thin bacon in a cold skillet, then turn burner on to medium heat.
Step 7
Cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes, turning every two minutes and draining off grease as it forms.
Step 8
Lay cooked bacon on a plate covered with paper towels and let drain.
Step 9
Take the slightly cooled bacon and chop into small pieces.
Step 10
Add the bacon back into the pan (wipe the pan with a dry paper towel to remove as much grease as possible) along with a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar.
Step 11
Turn heat to medium-high and stir constantly until the sugar melts and coats all the bacon (about three minutes).
Step 12
Remove immediately and spread on a piece of parchment paper.
Step 13
When the brownie is almost done cooking, sprinkle the caramelized bacon crumbles all over the top, then cover with foil and let rest for five minutes.

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