Belgian Raspberry Brownies with Truffle Ganache


I get the urge to put beer in almost everything I make, and it's becoming a problem.
The roots of this problem are difficult to trace.

Perhaps the urge began when I turned twenty one, and buying beer and wine was liberating. Maybe I purchased too much one time, decided to use it in cooking, and became accustomed to the flavor.
Maybe it's my German heritage that's speaking to me; my Bavarian blood is craving malted barley and hops. (Along with Spätzle and Schnitzel)
Or it could be other factors. Living in the same state as Anheuser-Busch? Influenced by dad and uncle that have made their own brew? A certain event in my life that lead me to believe that beer was lucky?


All I know is that I have a slight obsession in cooking with beer. Mix this obsession with my brownie obsession, and you have quite a problem. Or maybe not...
Maybe brownies made with beer will become the latest trend on the culinary scene.
This isn't the first time I've put beer in brownies. Remember these?
So what do you think? Do beer and brownies mix?

If you have some hesitations about making these, let me try to convince you otherwise.
These brownies are delicious! They're flavored with bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, raspberry beer, and raspberry preserves. Incredibly moist with a deep, fruity, complex flavor.
Still not convinced?
The bars are topped with a dark chocolate truffle ganache.

I rest my case.

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Belgian Raspberry Brownies with Truffle Ganache


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup raspberry beer
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry preserves
  • 5 ounces coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup dark cocoa powder (such as Hershey's Special Dark)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ganache:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 5 ounces coarsely chopped dark chocolate truffles (Lindt)
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line an 11x8-inch baking dish with foil; coat with cooking spray.

Melt 1/2 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir in beer and raspberry preserves. When mixture is hot, and starts to bubble, turn heat off, and stir in bittersweet chocolate, until melted, and well combined; set aside.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat together granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla, for 3 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low, and beat in melted chocolate mixture, until well combined. Stir in flour mixture, until just combined.
Scrape batter into prepared dish; bake at 375 degrees F, for 20-25 minutes, or until set. Plunge dish into a larger baking dish, filled with ice water, until brownies are cool.

To make the ganache, melt 1 tablespoon butter, in a small saucepan set over medium heat; stir in cream. When mixture starts to bubble, reduce heat to low, and stir in chopped truffles, until melted, and smooth. Pour ganache over brownies, and smooth the surface, using a rubber spatula.
Freeze the brownies until ganache is set, about 15 minutes. Lift the foil-lined brownies out of dish, and slice into bars, using a sharp knife.

Yield: 14 brownies

78 comments:

  1. Beer and brownies...now here's something i need to try Emiline. Sounds different bu I'm sure its delicious...I need to try raspberry beer though on its own as well!

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  2. Ahhh, the beer makes it Belgian. I love the framboise beer and this reminds me of brownie but a high society brownie!

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  3. raspberry beer!?! here i was, thinking that there was no beer on the face of the earth that i could actually like.

    apparently i've been oblivious.

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  4. These sound fun. No raspberry beer here...wonder how I could play with this one?

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  5. Have you tried chocolate beer? I'll bet it would work well in these brownies. It is my new fave beer:D

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  6. I have never heard of raspberry beer, Emiline, and I like it already! :)

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  7. Oh, these are wicked! I'm thinking the beer is good and absolutely necessary, but that ganache!

    The "foreshadowing" has me anticipating...! A ganache dipped kegger?

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  8. Wow, Emiline...those sound pretty darn good. I love that raspberry beer - it is really good and sweet , so I can see it totally working here!

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  9. brownies with beer couldnt be that bad..anyways i love this raspberry brownies..a nice twist for brownies specially chocolate blend well with raspberries

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  10. Oh my gosh, those look so incredible. Anything that looks that delicious must taste great too -- I bet my fiance would mix beer and brownies quite happily!

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  11. i saw "belgian" and thought you made waffles, and as I was reading didn't know why you kept talking about brownies. apparently my desire for waffles made my brain turn the "brownie" from the post headline into waffle.

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  12. I've only used beer as a beer batter for fried things. I've never heard of it in brownies before! You are coming up with some very original recipes - I love it!

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  13. Emiline,
    You are a natural at creating recipes. I'm sure Catherine has already told you to start contesting. If you haven't thought about it, you should get thinking about it. You could win some big cash with your great ideas! These sound dangerous!!

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  14. these sound like pure (but mad) genius to me! Hubby lurves rasberry beer. Thanks for the great idea!

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  15. Never heard of raspberry beer before nor chocolate beer but it looks soooooooooo good it must be good.

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  16. Ok here's the thing, I don't really like beer too much. I think that I may have had a few too many when I was rebelling as a young adult.

    However... raspberry anything sound good to me.
    So I think I would like the brownies!

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  17. Hi.

    This sounds outrageously good! Raspberry and chocolate is obvious, but adding the beer is inspired!

    Thanks, Zoë

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  18. These brownies have got me hooked and I've bookmarked you! These look like the most elegant of brownies and I imagine the flavor is sensational. Well done!

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  19. Oh my yummm...

    Those looks so rich and chocolatey...

    Just what I need right now! :)

    Do you deliver?? :)

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  20. You've convinced me! These look amazing!

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  21. wow, those look so fudgy and decadent! who would have thought there was beer in them!

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  22. umm...wow.
    and THAT is all I can say. My mouth is watering profusely.

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  23. You have been doing some great things with chcolate. I love those fruity Belgian beers.

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  24. You're having a beer bash for us bloggers? I hope I'm invited.

    My husband actually has some chocolate raspberry beer in the fridge - given to him as a gift - and he doesn't care for it. Putting it in brownies is a good idea.

    My family has good stories about people baking all kinds of funny things into brownies. But I don't think those recipes will make it onto my food blog...

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  25. I love raspberry beer and I have never thought of combining it with chocolate or the delectable raspberry brownies that you have created. Absolutely delicious and brilliant! What a genius you are! I am thinking pastry chef should be in your near future!
    Shandy

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  26. Wow, this is one of those posts that literally made me drop my jaw when I opened the page!
    beer + brownies sounds like an amazing combination. On the rare occasion that I drink beer, I can't think of anything I'd want to eat with it more than brownies... so putting beer in brownies is probably wonderful!
    And oh... it's been too long since I have had a raspberry chocolate fix. This must be amended soon, I think!

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  27. Emiline, I'm always impressed every time I visit your page. You have amazing desserts and we'd love to try these brownies out (along with every other recipe you have on your blog!)

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  28. I made Guinness Chocolate cupcakes and got the same gooey texture that you got and the bitterness of the beer left a nice bitter aftertaste in the mouth -almost like 70% dark chocolate. Your brownies look yummee!!!

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  29. Hi Emiline, I reckon that beer and brownies go together a treat. Throw in a few raspberries, and I'm in heaven - I wanna try this one!

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  30. I was gonna ask if these could work for breakfast, but then i saw the raspberry beer and decided against it. ;) These look outrageously delicious, Emiline!

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  31. I think I'm in love. Seriously. These look and sound AWESOME!

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  32. Yup, these look moist, fudgy and moreover, drool-worthy. As usual I am satisfied visiting your site!

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  33. oooooh, these look so wicked!! I am also a massive fan of raspberry beer so I want to try these asap!

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  34. Amazing. I can't even imagine how great framboise beer is in brownies. I'm about to fall out of my chair with excitement over this recipe!

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  35. Em,
    You are amazing. No wonder you're the head of Brownie University. I've never even heard of raspberry beer and you're putting it in brownies!!! Incredible.

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  36. I agree, beer is good company for nearly everything. But this is the first time I hear of raspberry beer!!!

    Aaaawwwwhhh... watching your pictures is causing me pain... want to grab some of these brownies. Que maravilla!!!!

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  37. Thanks everyone!

    Valli- I have tried chocolate beer. That would be great in these!

    Amy- Waffles sound really good right now. I want a Belgium waffle maker.

    Jenny- I've entered a few, with not much success. I'm determined to make it to BBB one day!

    Annie- You sound wild.

    Ryles- Only on Tuesdays. How much would you like?

    Tracy- You are so close to being right!

    I want to hear those stories! Please?

    Nina- I found those cupcakes on your blog. I had trouble commenting on anything. It wouldn't let me! Just letting you know that I did drop by.

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  38. Beer in brownies...I can get my head around that. I bet it adds a wonderful richness. I am thinking a good porter, yes a Bell's Porter MMMMMMMM

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  39. whatever the true cause may be, for your fascination with mixing beer & brownies, it's a fortunate one - those Belgian raspberry brownies are BRILLIANT!!

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  40. Raspberry and chocolate brownies...mmm... They look so good! I like the though of using beer in a desert! I will have to try it.

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  41. Holy crap I need to eat those right now. RIGHT NOW, WOMAN. With a fury.

    btw, are you talking about a framboise lambic? 'Cuz that's the cat's pajamas.

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  42. You've been up to so much in my absence! These, and the beer and cheddar biscuits are definitely going to my list to try. I hate drinking beer, but I LOVE the taste of it in other food!

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  43. Wow! those brownies looks so great with the Truffle Ganache. Good job!

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  44. Beer brownies...ahhhh...I'm sure my husband NEEDS to have these made for him!

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  45. I've never had beer IN brownies... but I've always though beer and chocolate were a great combination - as was obvious by all the chocolate cakes that my mother made for Sunday dinner - that were devoured by me (with help) late Saturday night after the bars closed...

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  46. Yummmmm what an excellent creation. I think my boyfriend would love these!

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  47. I just made these today after finding your recipe a few weeks ago. OMGZZ, thank you! They're soooo tasty. I had to substitute Guinness (which tastes kind chocolate-y to me) for the raspberry beer since I couldn't find any at the local Meijer. To make up for the lack of raspberry flavor provided by the beer I mixed a teensy bit more preserves in the melted chocolate mixture. Then, while the brownies were cooling, I spooned some preserves over the top of them so there is a thin layer of it under the ganache. DELISH!

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  48. Did you really? It always surprises me when people actually make the stuff that I make. I'm glad you liked them.
    Whew! That's a relief.

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  49. I so want to eat some of those right now. They look utterly yummy. I might have to save the picture for my desktop wallpaper!

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  50. Beer and brownies? An interesting concept and I am sure one that would go over very well in my house! Going to have to give it a try. Great pics!

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  51. Sugar high just took on a whole new meaning - a hit to last the whole week.

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  52. If those brownies taste as good as they look then I'm sold and will start using beer in everything I make too :)

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  53. Found this recipe yesterday and made them this evening. Phenominal! Adding beer to brownies is enough to make this german soul weep.

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  54. I made these and I have friends begging me to make them again!!!

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  55. These look delicious (thanks for posting this recipe). And the photos are fantastic, congratulations. I'm not sure I'll be able to get hold of raspberry beer though, but I'll give it a try. I've bookmarked this recipe & will definitely try to make it soon.

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  56. OK,This sounds great and my husband is from Germany so I must try it. I love to cook and eat healthy but love brownies what I have been looking for and actually thinking about trying is hot chillies in brownies. Have you done this?Am I nuts?But I love the chocolate chili candy and yeah !!! Brownies.

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  57. I love all those foodie things and more...these brownies look good enough to scoff..but for the problem of where to buy "rasberry beer" ???

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  58. This looks and sounds really good. Dark chocolate brownies? Yum! Raspberries? Yum! Beer in food? Yum!

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  59. Those brownies look sinful! YUMMY!

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  60. I made these brownies last night to give to my German boss today for Christmas.

    HE LOVES THEM!

    The only change I made was to increase the recipe 1.5 times since I didn't have and couldn't find an 8x 11 pan. I used an 11x13 inch pan and baked the brownies for 22 minutes. The scent of the dark chocolate combined with the raspberry is delicous. The raspberry and the chocolate are wonderful together.
    My recommendation is to use a good quality dark chocolate - I used Lindt 85% extra dark chocolate for the brownie and Lindt extra dark truffles to make the ganache.
    This recipe makes a rich, moist and decadent brownie. My boss said it is the best he's ever had.
    I am saving this recipe and will definitely plan to make it again. Thank You!

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  61. I want to echo the question of another commented: do you mean raspberry flavored beer, or a raspberry lambic? Made it the other night for a friend, and while they were great, they seemed to lack a certain "gooeyness" when compared to your pic. Was wondering if it was an ingredient thing or the fact that I used an 11x13 pan.

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  62. I'm glad you liked it, Pat Murphy. Thanks for the review! I like the 13x9 idea.

    Matty, I would use a raspberry beer or lambic. Using a 13x9-inch pan would make your brownies drier. Since they batter is spread out more, it cooks faster. You could double this recipe or make 1 1/2 times the recipe and bake it in a 13x9.

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  63. When you talk about raspberry beer are you talking about framboise?

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  64. I never considered using beer in brownies, but why not? I haven't heard of raspberry beer, either, sounds intriguing.

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  65. This seems so...belgian:) I think they taste great! I will try them for sure! Great website!

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  66. Planning to make these tonight but in a 9x9 pan because I can't find an 8x11. Should they be cakey or fudgey? Just trying to figure out for doneness.

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  67. Emiline -
    I have to tell you my boss requested these brownies for a special occasion....He said they were the best he has ever had ( I think I created a monster - but a good one)
    Pat Murphy

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  68. Emiline I have to update you about this recipe - I made this for my boss again for his birthday "cake" (he requested this recipe!) I again made it in the larger pan, using 1 1/2 the ingredients. What he didn't eat at the office, he took home. I knew his mother was here visiting from her native Germany and I jokingly asked him not to show them to his mother - she's a great cook and very picky. Well, Mama got to try these brownies and she was very impressed, my boss said it is high praise and not given often, the equivalent of one getting a Nobel Prize. This recipe is definitely a winner!
    Pat Murphy

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  69. Lovely recipe! I couldn't get my hands on raspberry beer&preserves, so I made a thick raspberry custard from scratch and used it in the recipe with success. The consistence of the brownies is lovely - thick and chocolatey. I usually prefer more traditional brownie recipes, ie with nuts, but this one was an instant favourite. A picture of my results with the recipe: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/tBiNBVdKa-8zAOr6c5_szA?feat=directlink

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  70. Beer for brownies? This must be delicious brownies i must try before die. Btw where i can get that beer or can replace with another? Will try this recipes.

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  71. I just made these last night to take into the office for my birthday today. WHAT A HIT! Everyone was talking about how great they were - someone even said they were too good to be called brownies! I increased the recipe one and a half times to put in a 9x13 metal pan - this required a bake time of about 30-35 minutes. I used raspberry lambic and raspberry jam instead of preserves, and I couldn't find the dark cocoa powder, so I used what I had on hand and used chopped dark chocolate instead of bittersweet to make up for it. I had dark, milk, and white truffles on hand so I used the dark and milk (plus a little extra jam for flavor) for the ganache. Then I made a very small amount of white chocolate ganache to drip over the top. They came out beautifully!

    I'll be attending a home brewers meeting soon and these are exactly what I'll take with me. Thanks for the awesome recipe - these will be a go-to from now one!

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  72. I seriously suggest adding raspberry applesauce to brownies in replacement for butter! It turns out amazing, moist, and oh so delicious!!!

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  73. ok, i have a batch in the oven... i couldn't find the RASPBERRY BEER i wanted, but Purple Haze was available.... problem is i made these at 9am, and didn't want to waste the rest of the beer, which is almost a whole beer, so guess who has a raspberry buzz on early and i don't even drink....not the brownies... me i hope these are as good as they smell! thanks

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