Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Root Beer Float Brownie Sundaes with Root Beer Syrup Recipe

Root Beer Float Brownies 8-31-11

I have no idea what made me think of root beer IN brownies, but the other day I Googled to find out if such a thing existed.  Well, at first I was thinking more of cookies-and found that there are tons of recipes out there for cookies, blondies, brownies, cake, etc.—but most of them use root beer concentrate/extract and I was looking for something that uses actual root beer.  After my search, these Root Beer Float Brownie Sundaes were created.

The more I Googled, I found just what I was looking for and it didn’t take too much looking once I decided it was brownies I wanted root beer in.  Never fear, I found just the right brownies on one of my oldest-loved blogs (and by old, I mean about 4 years ago when I started reading food blogs.)  The brownie recipe, which includes 8 ounces of root beer, is from Nicole’s blog, Baking Bites.  Nicole has great, tried-and-true recipes on her blog and I know she spends lots of time perfecting recipes before she posts them. 

To get that floaty-creamy like flavor as well as root beer taste IN a chocolate brownie, Nicole uses white chocolate along with the semi-sweet chocolate and some root beer.  I only ever-so-slightly adapted the recipe.  I didn’t have any white chocolate, but did have some white chocolate chips and used those.  But never fear, these were not vanilla chips, which I don’t love and rarely buy, they are actual white chocolate chips with cocoa butter as the main ingredient.  I say that because I know chips are different in their ingredients to keep them in chip-shape when baked.  These melted down just fine with the other chocolate and made a great brownie.

The brownies are ever so cake-like, but it’s a good, dense, fudgy cake.  And they are good.  As Nicole instructs on her blog (post linked above and below), the brownies really are better the next day—just a little bit fudgier and with a little more root beer flavor prominent.


Without further chatter—here’s what I did for these.

Root Beer Float Brownie Sundaes, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!

1 recipe for 9x9 pan Root Beer Brownies from Baking Bites (includes 8 oz. root beer)

Vanilla Ice Cream (I happened to have some homemade vanilla that was great!)

12 ounces (1 can) root  beer soda (I used Mug brand)

Make the brownies according to the recipe.  Let cool completely.  Chill for a few hours and/or overnight.  Cut in to squares. 

Simmer one can of root beer in a small saucepan until it reduces substantially.  You can make more if needed.  One can reduced down to about 1/4 cup of syrup in 10-15 minutes.  We made 5 sundaes and drizzled spoonfuls of the syrup over each.  It didn’t take too much—it’s concentrated!

Serve the sundaes with a brownie, then vanilla ice cream and the syrup drizzled over the top.



Lisa Ernst said...

This looks like a fun recipe. I've never thought of root beer in brownies either. It's been years since I've had a root beer, but I loved them as a kid. Speaking of,I like how you ever politely say "I don't love ....." rather than "I don't like...." :-)

Nom! The Indulgent Baking Blog said...

I've never had root beer before but these look delish!


Mari said...

I like root beer, but I have never had it with brownies or ice cream. Your dessert looks irresistible, I would love to try it soon. Thanks for the recipe :)

Fallon said...

Those brownies look so good!!! What a delicious dessert and the twist on root beer is so much fun!

Baking Ribbons said...

You sure think outside the box!!! I like root beer floats, but chocolate root beer kind of scares me!

Baking Ribbons said...

And one more thing-those brownies look like they could jump out of my computer and into my mouth and I would not be able to resist!

Heather said...

On Friday, I am featuring one of your awesome recipes on my blog. You have so many great ones that it was hard to choose! Thank you!!

Pretend Chef said...

This sounds like a great recipe to make my son for our game or movie nights. I have never heard of root beer in brownies but I would love to give these a try.

Jenni Hinckley said...

Its only 8:30 in the morning and now all I can think about is having a root beer float and brownies!!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This post is killing me! It's before noon here and now I want this sundae!

The Honey Nut said...

Omg, there are not really words to describe how badly I want to dig into that sundae!


Wow! This sounds amazing. :)

Pegasuslegend said...

I just love these brownies great shot!

Megan's Cookin' said...

This is not a good idea to plant into my head. I dont have a houseful of boys to eat such goodies and I have no will power. These look killer, and I'm loving that sauce!