Monday, March 18, 2013

"i'd pay for that"

in honor of st. patrick's day i wanted to bake something irish-inspired. i saw a lot of recipes for irish soda bread, green-colored/minty treats, and boozy desserts. i opted for the booze--and chocolate, of course--so i chose a chocolate stout bundt cake. i was also hoping to make irish soda bread, but after a failed quest for caraway seeds (evidently everyone was baking soda bread this weekend and bought up all the caraway) i had to put that idea on hold. the bundt cake, however, was ready to go.

i used a recipe from serious eats and subbed the buttermilk with plain yogurt. for the stout i went with guinness to be truly irish. the results were a rich, moist, chocolatey cake with a hint of booze and garnered the comment: "i'd pay for that."

::chocolate stout bundt cake::
(recipe from seriouseats)
makes one bundt cake.

2 cups (14oz) packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup (1 3/4oz) granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
14 tablespoons (7oz) unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 ounces chocolate stout (or regular stout)
2 cups (10oz) all-purpose flour
1 cup (3oz) cocoa
1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1. adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. butter bundt pan and dust with cocoa.
2. in large bowl, whisk brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, and eggs until combined. whisk in butter, sour cream, vanilla, and stout until combined.
3. in medium bowl, whisk flour with cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder. whisk into wet mixture until combined.
4. pour into prepared pan and bake until just firm to touch and toothpick inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs, 45 to 50 minutes.
5. transfer to wire rack to cool completely. loosen edges with knife and invert onto serving plate.

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