Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas Baking - Beautiful Chocolate Badboy Brownies


It is one of my favourite times of the year again! I say again because this year has just flown by - I remember posting my chocolate orange cookies recipe like it was just the other day.

I love Christmas mainly because of the over indulging in cheese, chocolate and for the chance to spend a couple of weeks of the year reconnecting and socialising with friends and family. 

As we were away the first week of December last weekend was our first chance to put up our tree and get into the festive spirit. I also took out an hour early on Saturday morning whilst the little one was at football lessons to whip up a batch of these badboy brownies. I first tasted them when my sister in law baked them, she does some great cakes, brownies and only recently ventured into the would of macaroons - all great for me as I get to eat it all. She also kindly made these up for my little ones Peppa Pig themed 2nd birthday which formed the 'Muddy Puddles' element to his food table. 



The original  recipe is based on Lorraine Pascals cookies and cream brownies - I used Oreo cookies in these and I think they provide just the right amount of sweetness against the dark chocolate. It's a quick an easy recipe and perfect for mid week baking. Also make wonderful gifts during this time, that is if you fancy sharing them. 

Makes 16 brownie squares.

Equipment 
  • 20cmx20cm baking tray
  • freestand mixer or electric whisk

Preheat oven to 170 fan and line baking tray with greaseproof paper and either butter or cooking spray




Ingredients 

165g unsalted butter
200g dark chocolate 
3 eggs
2 egg yolks
2 tsp. Vanilla extract 
2 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
1 packet of Oreos

Method

  1. Cube up butter and break up chocolate - place into microwaveable container and melt in 30 second blast until smooth and combined together



2.Whisk up eggs and vanilla extract using whisk attachment for around 5 minutes until fluffy


3. Add in brown sugar in two separate batches 




4.Sieve in flour, cocoa,salt and mix


5.Pour in melted chocolate butter mixture and combine
6.Chop up all but four of the Oreo biscuits into quarters and so a final mix of the brownie mixture


7.Pour into a lined and greased baking tray and cut up the remaining Oreos before placing on top


8.Bake for 25-30 minutes - I find 27 minutes provides perfect crunch on top and soft gooey middle