Friday, 24 August 2012

Sinful Treat: Slutty Brownies

I apologise for the long silence bakers! I've been busy with all manner of personal things which has meant taking a break from baking for a while.

However missed writing and so am making a return with something truly sinful. Slutty Brownies. So called for their three layers, cookie dough, Oreos and brownies. My sister, a big brownie fan, found the recipe online and challenged me to make it. Their novelty value has gone down immensely well with all who've tried them and I find they make you very popular when bringing them to a friend's house.

A friend of mine sent me an alternative recipe which uses box mixes for the cookie dough and brownie layers. Whilst it would save a lot of time, this is by no means a quick bake, I feel it's taking the easy way out. Not only does it taste better when everything is made from scratch, the feeling of satisfaction is much greater when people enjoy them!

The recipe comes from an American blog and so all measurements are in 'cups'. This can be frustrating but you can convert all measurements online. Alternatively get these beautiful measuring cups from Lakeland!

Heaven on a plate!
You will need:

For the brownies
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
For the cookie dough 
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup soft light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (alternatively chop up cooking chocolate)
For the oreo layer
  • 1 pack of Oreo (regular stuffed or double stuffed) N.B. I have found that 1.5 packs is more realistic for a good covering layer
To make: 

For the Brownie layer:

In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the sugar and cocoa powder once the butter is melted. Whisk to combine and remove from heat.

Add the salt, vanilla and eggs and continuously whisk until the eggs are combined. Add the flour and continue to mix. Set batter aside. 
For the Cookie Dough layer: 
Cream together the butter and sugars in a mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. 
Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until everything is incorporated. 
Fold in the chocolate chips. Set dough aside. 
Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees centigrade. 
Line the bottom of a 9x9 baking pan with tin foil and then spray the tin foil with a layer of baking spray. 
Layer the cookie dough on the bottom of a 9x9 baking pan, pressing down to form the bottom of the slutty brownies. 
Layer as many oreos that will fit on top of the cookie dough. No need to overlap. One single layer will do. 
Pour the brownie batter on top of the oreo layer and make sure it's evenly layers on top. 
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Test with a knife to see if the center is done. If the knife comes out clean, let the brownies rest before serving. If the knife comes out with batter still on it, allow the brownies to bake about 5 minutes more. 
Best served warm with ice cream! These heavenly things are actually even better the day after they're baked.

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