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Guinness Brew Fondue

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(NC) - Food is crucial to every great party and Guinness Draught has ideas to put together the perfect spread of drop-dead delicious eats. A pot of bubbling Guinness Brew Fondue (no cauldron required!) provides a savoury appetizer for your coven of friends.

Guinness Brew Fondue
Guinness Brew Fondue
Guinness Black Bison Bites on sword skewers add a touch of the theatrical. Complete the evening with a dark and decadent dessert: Darkness Reigns Chocolate Cake with a hint of Guinness Draught.

  • 2 lbs. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 pt./235mL Guinness Draught
  • 6-8 tsp./30-40mL Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp./15mL cornstarch
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • French bread or toast, cut into chunks for dipping

Put grated cheese into your fondue dish or enamelled iron casserole dish and melt gently, over medium heat, stirring continuously. Add remaining ingredients and stir until the fondue thickens slightly. For dipping, use chunks of French bread or toast.

Makes 1 Pint

Guinness Black Bison Bites

The deep roasted barley character that Guinness fans love is well-matched to meats. These tapas-style burgers are moist with earthy flavours. Don't wimp out on the toppings, these minis need to be layered with attitude.

  • 160 g white country-style bread, crusts removed (about 4, 1/2" thick slices)
  • 1 c./250mL Guinness Draught, room temperature
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp./30mL Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp./30mL ketchup
  • 1 tsp./5mL salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 lbs./1000 g ground bison (or extra-lean ground beef)
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp./5mL dried thyme
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 c./80mL fresh chopped parsley
  • 12-16 mini sesame seed buns (or buns of your choice)
  • Slices of grilled orange and red peppers, lettuce and red onion for garnish.

Soak bread with 3/4 c./180mL of Guinness Draught until beer is absorbed, about 5-10 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk remaining 1/4 c./60mL of Guinness Draught with garlic, Dijon, ketchup, salt and pepper.

Place all of the other ingredients in a large bowl, add the soaked bread and the Dijon mixture. Mix until ingredients are well incorporated. Shape into 12-16 small patties.

Preheat grill to medium-high heat, and grill patties, turning once, to desired doneness. Toast buns and garnish. Get creative with the cheese of your choice and colourful vegetables

Makes 12-16 Mini-Burgers Darkness Reigns Chocolate Cake

The pale frosting atop a dark dense cake replicates a perfectly poured pint of Guinness.

  • Cake:

    • 1 c./250mL Guinness
    • 1 c./250mL butter
    • 3/4 c./75 g cocoa
    • 2 c./400 g icing sugar
    • 1/2 c./140mL sour cream
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tbsp./15mL vanilla extract
    • 2 1/4 cup./275 g flour
    • 2 1/2 tsp./12mL baking soda

  • Icing:

    • 1 2/3 c./300 g cream cheese
    • 3/4 c./150 g icing sugar
    • 1/2 c./125ml whipping or 35% cream
    • Small chocolate drops for garnish

    Preheat the oven to 180 C/355 F, and grease and line a 9 inch spring form tin.

    Pour the Guinness into a large saucepan, and add the butter. Heat until the butter is melted and remove the saucepan from the heat. Whisk in the cocoa and sugar. In a separate bowl, beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla, then pour into the saucepan. Finally, beat in the flour and baking soda.

    Pour the batter into the greased and lined tin, and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin - it is quite a damp cake.

    For the icing, beat the sugar and cream cheese together. Add the cream, and beat again until it's a spreadable consistency. Ice the top of the black cake until it resembles the frothy head of a pint of Guinness, garnish with chocolate drops to resemble bubbles.

    Makes 1 9" Cake

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