So my friend Chelsea came to visit for a week. She used to live in Brooklyn, but moved to Kansas City, but is back for a week long conference. Chelsea is not only a friend, but an avid reader of this blog! I asked her what she would like for me to make her and she asked for Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes, yes these are delicious, but I’m a little tired of making them. If it was beer and chocolate she wanted, I had just the recipe I wanted to try!
Clearly I’m on a bit of a pie kick. Pies are like the ultimate dessert, they are fancy, but not as formal as a cake. And I think pies are relatively impressive for your guests. Not everyone can make a good pie! Also, I don’t have as many opportunities to make a good pie, so I like to make one when I get the chance.
This pie starts with a salty sweet crust. The idea of using pretzels in the crust is genius! So good and crunchy. My crust was kind of crumbly so I upped the amount of butter in the recipe below, let me know how that works out for you! The chocolate-Guinness pudding is A-mazing! So rich and flavorful and perfectly creamy. The beer marshmallow on top is fun and a relatively light topping, it really completes the pie! As you can see from the pictures, I looked away from the broiler for 20 seconds and the top got a little dark. Stacey said she liked the burnt marshmallow on top, use your own judgment and watch carefully! There are kind of a lot of steps involved, but that’s the fun part for me!
Sweet & Salty Chocolate Guinness Pie
Adapted from Sprinkle Bakes
Yield – 8-12 servings from a 9” pie
3/4 cups crushed pretzels
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter
3 tablespoons + 1/2 cup + 1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks + 2 egg whites
1/4 + 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup +1/2 cup Guinness
1 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate – I used 60%
2 tablespoons corn starch
3 tablespoons water
10 large marshmallows
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease the bottom of a 9” pie pan.
- In a food processor crush the pretzels and the graham crackers. Melt the butter in the microwave.
- In a small bowl mix together the crumbs, butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar.
- Press the crumbs into the pie plate and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely.
- Whisk together 4 egg yolks and 1/2 cup of sugar in a small bowl.
- Add 1/2 cup of Guinness and the heavy cream to a medium sauce pan. Cook until hot, but not boiling.
- Break up the chocolate, remove the Guinness mixture from the heat, and add in the chocolate. Stir together until the chocolate is melted.
- Pour the chocolate mixture slowly into the egg yolk mixture whisking the whole time. Pour everything back into the saucepan. Add in 1/4 teaspoon of salt and the cornstarch and stir to combine.
- Heat until thickened and then pour into the pie crust. Place in the fridge.
- Place 1/2 cup of Guinness in a small saucepan and heat until the Guinness is reduced to 2 tablespoons. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Build a double boiler and whisk together 2 eggs, 1 cup sugar, and the water in a medium bowl over simmering water.
- Heat and whisk the mixture until there is no longer a gritty texture. Remove from the heat and add in the marshmallows.
- Stir together and then place back over the double boiler until the marshmallows are all melted. Stir in the reduced Guinness. Pour over the chocolate mixture.
- Place in under the broiler for 60-90 seconds or until the top is browned – be careful, pay attention!
- Place in the fridge overnight. Decorate with extra pretzels. Use a warm knife to cut.