Friday, March 18, 2011

Cooking with Guinness

Steak and Guinness Pie
Guinness Cake

3 delicious recipes with a common theme.

It is very hard for me to let a St. Patricks Day pass without making something with Guinness.

First, a dark rich beef stew baked inside a puffy, buttery crust. Served with peas and a green salad on the side.

Followed by a very dark and damp chocolate cake topped with a fluffy white frosting. (Looking quite like a pint of the dark beverage it contains.)

Regardless of their preferences towards Guinness as a drink, I have yet to find a person who did not love it in these forms.

Steak and Guinness Pie
(adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe)

3 medium red onions peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled chopped
2 Tbsp Butter
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
6-8 mushrooms, sliced or chopped
2.5 lbs stewing beef cut into 3/4 inch pieces and trimmed of fat
1 Tbsp herbs de provence (or 2 sprigs rosemary stemmed and chopped.)
salt and pepper
1 pint of Guinness
2-3 Heaping Tbsp Flour
water or beef stock
1 1/2 C grated cheddar cheese
1 package store bought puff pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten for egg wash

Preheat oven to 375*.
Heat a very large saucepan over med heat and saute onions gently for 10 mins.
Turn heat up to med-high and add the other vegetables. Stir together and then add beef, herbs, a pinch of salt and 1 tsp pepper. Fry for 4minutes.

Pour in Guinness and scatter the flour over top. Stir in enough water or stock to just cover the beef and veg.

Bring to a boil and then put the lid on the pot and place in hot oven for 1 1/2 hours or until meat is very tender.

Remove the pan and stir the stew. Return stew to the oven and cook another hour.
If the stew is a bit watery at this point remove the lid and cook on the stove top over med heat until some of the liquid is gone and the stew is really thick.

Stir in half the cheese.

Season with more salt and pepper if needed.

Roll out one of the sheets of puff pastry big enough to cover the bottom of the appropriately sized dish. Let the excess pastry dangle over the edges.

Pour the stew into the bowl. Top with remaining cheese and brush the edges of the pastry with egg wash.

Score the other sheet of pastry diagonally in 1 cm crisscrosses. Place the lid on the pie and fold the edges inwards together to seal the pie and make a nice crusty ring around the outside.
Brush the top of the pie with more egg wash and place in the oven for 45 mins at 375* or until pastry is puffed up and golden.

Guinness Cake
(Nigella Lawson)

1 C Guinness
1/2 C + 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
3/4 C cocoa powder (unsweetened)
2 C sugar
3/4 C sour cream
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 C flour
2 1/2 tsp baking soda

8 oz Cream cheese
1 1/4 C icing sugar
heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 and butter a 9 inch springform pan.

Pour Guinness in a large saucepan, add butter and heat until butter is melted over med heat.
Whisk in cocoa and sugar.
Remove from heat.
Beat together sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Pour into buttery beer.
Whisk in flour and soda.
Pour into prepared pan.
Bake 45 mins.
Whip cream cheese until light and fluffy, add sifted icing sugar. Add enough cream to make the icing spreadable. Beat again.

Top cold cake with icing.

Finally, another delicious Guinness meal we have had recently can be found over here.


  1. If you come over and cook for us I will not only finish that skirt for you but I would also make anything else you want!!!! Seriously your food looks amazing! I love your blog.

  2. Thanks Kathy. I would so love to take you up on pretty sure I could get a train to toledo...hmmm:)