Guinness isn't just for drinking

Great recipes enhanced by a dash of Guinness

Stout is a dark beer made from roasted malt or barley, hops, yeast and water. There are a number of variations. In the early development of stout, the terms stout and porter were interchangeable. Guinness is an Irish stout, very dark or rich in colour. It often has a 'toast' or coffee-like taste.

A traditional recipe using Guinness is:

Irish Rarebit
Make a roux by melting 2 tablespoons butter and blending in 2 tablespoons flour. Cook for several minutes without allowing the mixture to become brown. Remove from the heat and gradually add ½ cup milk. Stir over heat until the mixture thickens. Then add 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon honey and 1/2 cup Guinness. Turn up the heat a little and cook for 2-3 minutes then add 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese. Stir over a very low heat to melt the cheese. Toast four slices of bread, spread with the mix and brown under the grill.

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A wonderful beef stew that is flavousome and filling is this recipe for Guinness Beef.

For six servings, you'll need:

3 lb rib steak
2 lb onions, roughly chopped
1/2 lb mushrooms
Seasoned flour
16 fluid ounces Guinness

16 fluid ounces stock
Pinch of nutmeg
Salt and pepper

Cut meat into fairly large chunks and roll in seasoned flour. Brown in hot fat. Remove the meat, add the onions and fry gently for 2-3 minutes. Place all ingredients in the saucepan, bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 2 hours or until meat is tender. Serve with mashed potato and green peas.

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Guinness also adds zest to a fruit cake.

Guinness Fruit Cake
1 lb flour
1/2 lb currants
1/2 lb raisins
1/4 lb mixed peel
3/4 lb brown sugar
2 tablespoons mixed spice (nutmeg and cinnamon)
Rind of one lemon
1/2 lb butter
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
12oz. Guinness
4 eggs

Sift the flour and cut in the butter. Add the dry ingredients but not the bicarbonate of soda. Beat eggs. Heat Guinness and pour it over the bicarbonate of soda. Pour stout and eggs over dry ingredients. Mix well then beat for 10 minutes. Bake in a well-greased pan in a moderate oven, 350oF, for 2 ½ - 3 hours. This cake will taste much better if kept for a week before cutting.

And lastly, a great treat:

Guinness Stout Ice Cream
These quantities make about 1 quart. You will need an ice-cream maker.
1 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
1 ½ cups evaporated milk
¼ teaspoon. salt
½ cup sugar
½ cup Guinness

In a heavy saucepan whisk together the water and the cornstarch. Continue whisking while simmering over moderate heat for 2 minutes. Add the condensed milk and the evaporated milk, salt, and sugar. Heat the mixture over a moderately low heat and whisk until the sugar is dissolved (about 1 to 2 minutes). Remove from the heat. When the mixture is completely cool, stir in the Guinness, and freeze in an ice-cream maker.