Monday, February 6, 2012

Guinness Just Got Better

I must have been in the mood for a Guinness as I was flipping through this month’s Better Homes and Garden because the idea of a stout chocolate sauce poured over vanilla bean ice cream was irresistible. Don’t feel bad if you find yourself eating this sauce by the spoonful, I did it too.
If you want to make a somebody’s day, pour half of the sauce into a mason jar, tie a ribbon or twine around it, and give to a friend-instant joy!
Guinness Chocolate Sauce
 Adapted from BHG Easy Fudge Sauce
Yield: 12 servings
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup half-and-half
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup Guinness 
In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cocoa powder; set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter with the half-and-half. Cook and stir over medium high heat until mixture begins to bubble around the outside of pan, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add the cocoa mixture. Cook, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth and thickened, about 5 minutes. 
3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and Guinness. 
Store, covered, in refrigerator up to one week. 

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