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Make this for St. Patrick’s Day: Chocolate Guinness pudding

Chocolate Guinness Goodness by Epicurious.
Chocolate Guinness Goodness by Epicurious. Photo by Tammy Ljungblad/Styling by Sarah Gish

March 17 is a lucky day for Guinness — more than 13 million pints of the Irish dry stout are consumed worldwide on St. Patrick’s Day, according to The Wall Street Journal.

But the jet-black beer is good for more than just drinking. The coffee flavors in Guinness amplify the creamy texture and dark chocolate flavor of this decadent pudding recipe from Epicurious. These cute desserts look just like mini pints and taste richer than a pot of gold. Sláinte!

Chocolate Guinness Goodness

Makes 6 servings

8 large egg yolks

1 cup sugar

1 (14.9-ounce) can Guinness Draught

3 cups heavy cream, divided

7 ounces high-quality bittersweet (70 to 72 percent cacao) chocolate, finely chopped

6 8-ounce old-fashioned glasses

In large nonreactive mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar.

Open can of Guinness and slowly pour into 4-cup measuring cup, pouring down side of cup to reduce foaming. Pour half of Guinness (about 7/8 cup) into heavy-bottomed 3-quart saucepan. Add 2 1/4 cups cream and whisk to combine. Set over medium heat and heat, whisking occasionally, until bubbles just begin to form at edges. Remove from heat, add chocolate and whisk until smooth.

Slowly pour hot chocolate mixture into eggs, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. Return mixture to saucepan and set over moderately low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens and coats back of spoon, about 15 minutes. (Pudding will look separated). Pour into blender and blend on high for 1 minute. Divide pudding among glasses, leaving at least 1 inch of space at top of each. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled and set.

Meanwhile, pour remaining Guinness into small saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to moderately low and simmer, uncovered, until reduced to 1 tablespoon, about 20 minutes. Pour syrup into small bowl and let cool.

Beat remaining cream until soft peaks form. Add Guinness syrup and beat until combined. Divide cream among 6 glasses of pudding and serve.

Per serving: 820 calories (73 percent from fat), 69 grams total fat (40 grams saturated), 447 milligrams cholesterol, 49 grams carbohydrates, 10 grams protein, 63 milligrams sodium, 5 grams dietary fiber.


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