25 Sep 2012

Cookies and cream brownies...

Do you ever feel like you're just playing at being an adult? I am almost *gulp* thirty and yet I still think of myself as a young student type. In fact I went to my first grown up Pampered Chef party and made two purchases and this made me feel like a real adult. I stroke my brownie pan and feel like I have arrived. It is a great brownie pan.

So I got to thinking what type of brownies shall I make? This is when I remembered about a recipe which had caught my eye in my Lorraine Pascale 'Baking Made Easy' recipe book.




They were deliciously fudgy and the cookie topping made them extra special.

Here is the recipe:
  • 165g (5 1⁄2oz) butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g (7oz) dark chocolate, grated or finely chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla pod or 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 165g (5 1⁄2oz) soft light
  • brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 154g pack of oreo biscuits, broken into quarters
  • Icing sugar, for dusting
  • 20cm (8in) square baking tin

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 6 with the middle shelf ready. Grease the baking tin, then line with baking paper with the paper overlapping the sides a little.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. When the butter has melted, remove the pan from the heat and add the grated chocolate.
  3. Leave to stand for a few minutes until the chocolate goes soft then stir together. Alternatively, you can put the chocolate and butter in bowl and melt in the microwave in 25-second blasts, stirring well each time.
  4. Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and vanilla together in a large bowl until they begin to get light and fluffy. Add the sugar in two additions whisking between each. Pour it around the side of the egg mix so as not to knock out the air that has been whisked in to it. Keep whisking until the mixture becomes stiffer. Once the egg mixture is ready pour the chocolate into it, again around the sides so as not to knock the air out.
  5. Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt and a third of the oreos and stir until fully combined, then pour the mixture into the prepared tin. Scatter the remaining oreos over the top, pressing them in slightly. Bake in the oven for 25–30 minutes. The middle should be very so slightly gooey. Leave the brownies to cool in the tin. The top will sink and crack a little.
  6. Pull the brownies out using the overlapping paper and cut the brownies into squares. Dust with icing sugar.
Taken from Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale (Harper Collins, £18.99)

Let me know if you give them a try...

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2 comments:

  1. YESSSS! These are my "go to" brownies, they always go down so well! xx

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  2. These look awesome and By and I are very impressed with your photos! I think your styling has improved, whilst the profesh thinks your photo taking has done too! I wish you could send some my way! I'm home from work sick today and feeling sorry for myself! xxx

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