Sorry that there have been a distinct lack of posts recently but we have been so busy getting not only house stuff ready before our little ones arrival, but also getting baby ready. I am so happy to say that the little man is here now and I plan to use times with a sleeping baby attached to me to be a better blogger.
One thing I haven’t mentioned on here is my love of baking. My mum is a fantastic baker and I spent many a childhood afternoon making butterfly cakes or the like and this passion has been re-ignited in recent years. I often bake for Dunc’s family and work and as special gifts to friends and family.
One bake that can disappear before your eyes are my slutty brownies. I saw a simple version of these on instagram a year or two ago and tried and failed to find a recipie beyond using betty crocker packet mixes (am I the only person that dislikes these, even ignoring laziness they are so sugary and taste foul). So I combined two recipies I already had, made some adjustments and voila, perfect slutty brownies.
You will need:
1 x 20 cmx20 cm baking tin lined with greaseproof paper
For the cookie dough layer:
225g unsalted butter, softened
225g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
250g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
200g plain chocolate, roughly chopped into 1cm pieces
For the brownie layer:
165g unsalted butter
200g plain chocolate, grated or finely chopped
2 egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla extract
165g soft light brown sugar
2 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
154g pack oreo biscuits, broken into quarters
Preheat your oven to 180deg/160deg fan oven. Firstly you need to make the cookie dough. In a bowl or mixer beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy before mixing in the egg yolk. Then sift in the flour, baking powder and salt, using a fork to form a soft dough. Finally, add in the chocolate until evenly distributed.
Press enough of this mixture into the tin to adequately cover it, (see below), then bake in the middle of the oven for around 15 mins.
You should be left with enough cookie dough to make six cookies, you can either freeze the dough or bake these now on a seperate tray for around 20 mins. Be sure to place the balls of dough apart as they will spread in the oven. I find that the brownies go so quickly, it’s nice to have a back up sweet treat!
Now onto the brownie layer. Firstly melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat and once melted, remove from the heat and add the chocolate , leave to stand for a moment until the chocolate goes soft before mixing.
In a bowl or using a mixer, whisk the eggs, egg yolks and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the sugar in two additions, whisking constantly, ensuring you add to the edge of the bowl to avoid knocking out the air you’ve beaten in. Keep whisking until the mixture becomes stiffer.
Add the chocolate to the edge of the egg mixure, followed by the plain flour, cocoa powder, salt and a third of the oreo pieces. Stir until fully combined.
Pour this mixtute over the cookie dough and add the remaining oreo pieces on top, pushing in slightly. Pop back into the oven on the middle shelf for 20 minutes. Baking for just 15 minutes will give you very gooey brownies and leaving them for 25 minutes will make them more cake like.
Leave to cool in the tin before taking out and cutting into squares.
There you have it! Do let me know if you try this by either commenting below or tagging me on Instagram, @millertracey I would love to see your bakes!