Did you see The Imitation Game? Pour in a heavy dose of suspense; sprinkle in intrigue; introduce a quirky mathematician and unlikely love-interests. Toss the elements into England’s Bletchley Park (code breaker headquarters) during WWII. After 114 minutes in the movie theatre, you may see why The Imitation Game is nominated for eight Oscars. Without leaking spoiler alerts, a conversation about love at the local pub prompts a major turning point in The Imitation Game. Although much of the excitement is enhanced by Hollywood; solving riddles, finding solutions with friends while sharing a pint of Guinness reads true to life.
One of the many Hollywoodized features includes naming England’s WWII code-breaking machine “Christopher” instead of the real name, “Bombe.” (Hollywood fabricated a fantastic fantasy about Christopher….I’m being good about not revealing plot points!) The Imitation Game’s production designer also decided the machine should appear more like a vital being with red blood flowing veins. So, she added red cables.
A first-class honors mathematician (and closet homosexual) from England’s Cambridge University, Alan Turing, built the code-breaking machine and prototype of future computers. For his portrayal of the enigmatic mathematician, Benedict Cumberbatch (aka Sherlock Holmes on TV) is one of the Oscar nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Also nominated for an Oscar is the loveliness-personified actress, Kiera Knightly. Again, Hollywood took liberties and cast Kiera Knightly who is a far cry from the brilliant but homelier version of her role. But, Ms. Knightly like the other cast members do a stellar job in this compelling part-fiction movie.
All you need is Love...And a plate of Guinness Brownies!
Instead of raising a glass of Guinness to honor Best Picture Oscar nominee The Imitation Game, I'm paying my respects with homemade Guinness brownies to share with friends. (And husband if he decides to do sugar tonight!) What are your plans for Oscar Sunday? The #SundaySupper Twitter chat tonight is all about the Oscars and red carpet parties. The super-smart and talented Katie of Ruffles & Truffles is hosting. Scroll down to see your invite….Along the way you’ll also meet some delectable nominees for best party menu items.
Deep rivers of rich chocolate flow through Guinness brownies. It's an enigmatic mystery but the Irish beer enriches the semisweet chocolate brownie experience. A beautiful balance between cake and fudge...Guinness Brownies are definitely as Oscar worthy as the compelling nominated film The Imitation Game.
This recipe is adapted from Joy the Baker's Beer Brownies.
- Generous ½ cup unsalted butter
- 3½ ounces plus a handful more of regular-size semisweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup cold Guinness (or other dark beer)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Heaping ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon fleur de sel (sea salt)
- 4 room temperature eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup sugar (organic cane sugar if possible)
- 1 tightly packed cup of light brown sugar
- ¾ teaspoon coffee extract
- 1 overflowing cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 13 x 9 pan with aluminum foil – enough so that you have easy lift handles on either side. Coat well with baking spray.
Make brown butter by melting the butter over a low flame. Do keep stirring with a heat resistant spatula. The butter will turn golden brown and may emit a nutty sort of essence. (It should take about 5 minutes.)
Pour the regular size chocolate chips into a heat resistant (think Pyrex) bowl placed into the top of a pan of simmering water. Make sure the bowl does not touch the water. OR place the chocolate chips into the top half of a double boiler. Melt the chocolate. Turn the heat off. Add the butter.
In a clean bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugars and extract. Stir in the chocolate butter mixture. Pour the chocolaty mixture into the flour blend. Combine well. (But don’t over mix! You don’t want tough brownies.)
Spread the luscious brownie batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 40 minutes. Or until the edges are firm and the center is set.
Allow to cool…If you can. Cut into squares and clink your brownie squares with your beloveds. “Cheers!”
Nominees for Best Supporting Appetizers:
- Beef Sliders with Sautéed Mushrooms, Onions, Bleu Cheese and Bacon by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Black and White Olive Cheese Puffs by Peaceful Cooking
- Cheddar Olives by Jane's Adventures in Dinner
- Chicken Boursin by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Citrus Avocado Shrimp Cocktail by Seduction in the Kitchen
- French Onion Sliders by Momma's Meals
- Herbed Butter and Cheese Popcorn by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Italian Guacamole with Pesto by Food Done Light
- Lobster Bruschetta by The Texan New Yorker
- Melon and Prosciutto Skewers by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Mini Cheese Balls by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Moroccan Beef Kefta Briouat by Manu's Menu
- Mushroom Pate by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Oysters Rockfeller by Noshing With The Nolands
- Pea Pesto Crostini by Ruffles & Truffes
- Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp by Casa de Crews
- Raspberry Brie Bites by Love and Confections
- Roasted Red Pepper Pinwheels by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Smoked Trout Stuffed Baby New Potatoes by Food Lust People Love
- Spinach Bites by Shockingly Delicious
- Sweet Chili Chicken Skewers by Nosh My Way
Nominees for Best Course in a Leading Role:
- Broccoli Calzones by eating in instead
- Bow Ties and Tails Galore by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Chicken Oscar by Palatable Pastime
- Indulgent Lobster-Champagne Risotto by The Weekend Gourmet
- Oscar Worthy Cantonese Lobster with Coconut-Ginger Rice by Confessions of a Culinary Diva
Nominees for Best Supporting Sips:
- Apple Ginger Martini by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Blood Orange Rosemary Spritzer by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Cherry Almond Sparklers by Magnolia Days
- Iced Espresso Martini by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Mixed Berry Martini by The Messy Baker
- Oscartini by Family Foodie
- Red Carpet Sparkler by Rhubarb and Honey
- Thank You Peary Much by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Nominees for Best Delectable Desserts:
- 7-Layer Bark by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Caramel-Almond Latte Ricotta Cookies by What Smells So Good?
- Champagne Truffles by Brunch with Joy
- Chocolate Covered Cherries by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Decadent Flourless Brownies by Recipe for Perfection
- Edible Oscars Envelopes by Sunday Supper Movement
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Crumble Peanut Butter Mousse Parfait Cups by Wallflour Girl
- Imitation Game Guinness Brownies by NinjaBaker.com
- Mini Strawberry Galette by Basic N Delicious
- Mini Strawberry & Chocolate Cheesecakes by Happy Baking Days
- No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake Shooters by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Popcorn Puppy Chow by Pies and Plots
- Sweet and Salty Popcorn Ball Bites by The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch
- Tuxedo Cake by The Redhead Baker
Nominees for Best Dressed Table:
- DIY Glitter Vases by Sunday Supper Movement
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