Shepherds Watch Brownies with Fine Fettle Frosting

DessertServes 8

Set aside the New Year resolutions and indulge in these indulgent treats using Wold Top Brewery’s Shepherds Watch Beer to create these tempting brownies.  Topped with frosting made with Shepherds Purse Fettle Cheese they are a match made in resolution-breaking heaven!


For the brownies

125g unsalted butter

150g milk chocolate, chopped

100g plain chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

100g dark soft brown sugar

60 ml Shepherds Watch beer

125g plain flour

2 tbsp cocoa powder

85g pecans, broken into pieces

90g white chocolate cut into large chunks

For the frosting

120g Shepherds Purse Fine Fettle cheese at room temperature

1 tbsp milk

200g icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas3. Line a 24x24cm tin with baking parchment
  2. Bring a pan of water to the boil and put the plain and milk chocolate with the butter in a large bowl over the top of the boiling water.  Switch off the heat and and allow to melt
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together until light, fluffy and creamy. Add the beer and whisk in thoroughly, followed by the melted chocolate and butter, beat in until all combined again.
  4. Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into the eggs and fold in until thoroughly combined, then fold in the nuts and remaining white chocolate pieces.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared tin. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. The top should be firm but the inside should still feel soft, ie still have a slight wobble. It should still be gooey!
  6. Allow the brownies to cool in the tin.
  7. To make the frosting, beat the fettle and milk together with an electric hand mixer until soft. Gradually add the icing sugar and together thoroughly until soft
  8. When the brownie has cooled, spread the icing over the top, cut the brownies into squares and enjoy!