Browkies

Its name gives it away: part Brownies, part Cookies…. I first saw it on a Kids TV channel, in France, but it never gave the recipe. Quick search on Google revealed that it wasn’t an American invention as I thought but completely French. The Brownie side had to be experimented on so it was baked to perfection at the same time as the Cookie topping. Here goes!

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Ingredients:

Brownie:

  • 125g dark chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 75g flour
  • 75g butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • chopped nuts {optional}

Cookie:

*Follow recipe https://farandoleofcakes.com/2015/05/21/simply-perfect-chocolate-chip-cookie/

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/ 160°fan/ Gas 4 and prepare a baking pan 30cm×20cm / 12″x8″

For the Brownie:

  1. melt the chocolate and butter together
  2. Add eggs, one at a time
  3. Add sugar then flour
  4. Pour into your prepared pan and set aside. You can, if used, sprinkle the top with the chopped nuts

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  • Prepare the cookie dough and drop spoonfuls on top of the brownie mix: I used my trusted ice cream scoop, it makes it easier to spread it as the bottom mix isn’t thick

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  • Bake for 40 to 50mn until a tester comes out clean

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♦♦♦ One with the Nuts:

BROWKIES

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Chocolate Crumble Square

I made these when the boys were on holidays. It ticked all the right boxes: chocolate, custard and crumble! And they look luscious! Not only that, they are dead easy to make!

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Ingredients:

  • Cold custard made with 200ml of milk
  • 175g softened butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 25g cocoa powder, sifted

Topping:

  • Rub together 50g flour+40g diced butter, at room temperature
  • Stir in 15g vanilla sugar (2 sachets) + 1tsp vanilla extract

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/ 160°fan/ Gas 4 and prepare a baking pan 30cm×20cm / 12″x8″
  • Place the butter, sugar, eggs, flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl and beat until smooth and creamy
  • Spoon into the prepared pan and level with a spatula
  • Drop small dollops of the custard over the top, swirling into the chocolate mixture
  • Scatter the topping over the top
  • Bake for 30 to 35mn and leave to cool in the pan
  • Dust with icing sugar and cut into 12 generous squares!

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Oreo Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Another day, another Brownie recipe….This one has been tried and tested numerous times now, I am playing catch up with my blog today…a definite winner, I have adapted it from Lorraine Pascale, after watching “baking made easy”, one night…. Crispy on the outside and just melt in the mouth. Simply Amazing!

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Ingredients:

  • 165g melted butter
  • 200g grated plain, dark chocolate
  • 3 eggs + 2 yolks
  • 130g to 150g caster sugar ( I have done it with as little and as much!), 10g of which vanilla sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 150g oreo biscuits, broken up roughly

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/ 160°fan/ Gas 4 and prepare a baking pan 30×20/ 12″x8″
  • Melt the butter and pour over the grated chocolate. Gently mix together until it makes a glossy cream and set aside
  • Using a stand mixer (highly recommended for this stage as it takes a while), whip up all the eggs together until they have trebled in size and thickened like a mousse (I just left it for 5mn)
  • Add half the sugar and mix , then the rest and mix again until thick and glossy
  • Take the bowl off as the rest is done by hand
  • On the side round the bowl, put the flour, cocoa, salt and melted chocolate.
  • Fold in gently but thoroughly, beware pockets of flour hidden.
  • Mix in 2/3 of the biscuits and pour into prepared pan
  • Bake in the oven for 25mn. Depending on your oven it might need a couple more minutes: slight wobble in the middle (don’t wait until it’s firm!), some cracks at the top and sides coming away from the pan
  • Leave to cool completely in the pan

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016 and this one with chopped up smarties, leftovers from a Birthday cake, just perfect for a Xmas offering!

 

17/01/2015:

Today I decide to experiment on the recipe and replaced the melted chocolate with mashed bananas and cocoa powder with vanilla powder.

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Didn’t rise as much and I was a little skeptical when I took them out of the oven but it actually works! Rather yummy!

Chocolate & Beetroot Brownies

The first time I baked those was around April/May 2011: my first attempt at brownies and with all the chocolate in it, the addition of beetroots appealed to me….  I will publish the original amounts and those I use nowadays ♥ . The picture itself dates from June 2014

Beetroot brownie

Ingredients:

  • 250g dark chocolate (70% cocoa) broken
  • 250g butter, cut into cubes ♥ I now use 125g butter + 100ml apple puree
  • 250g caster sugar ♥ 150g
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 250g beetroot: boiled until tender, peeled, grated and drained

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/ 160°fan/ Gas 4 and prepare a baking pan 30×20/ 12″x8″
  • Melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl over a pan of simmering water
  • Set aside and once cool down a little, add the apple puree
  • Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a separate bowl until well combined
  • Beat it in the chocolate mixture until smooth
  • Gently fold in the flour
  • Same with the beetroot, taking care not to over-mix or it will make the brownies tough
  • Pour the mixture in the pan and smooth the top over with a spatula and put in the oven

Baking time

  • This is a little more complicated than just giving you a time frame…. start by baking the brownie mix 45 to 50mn, until the top becomes crumbly. The beetroot tends to make the brownies a little too moist inside so I always take it out, cut it in 4 lengths and bake again on a tray, for an extra 5mn each side

 

Flourless Double Chocolate Brownies

This is the first of a recurrent theme in this house: Brownies, always a winner, so watch out for some more soon!

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Ingredients:

  • 175g chocolate (I used dark), broken into pieces
  • 115g unsalted butter, soft
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 60ml apple sauce (again, used to reduced butter amount)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 10g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 150g ground almond
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract + 1 tsp ground vanilla
  • 150g chocolate roughly chopped, white and dark

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 170C/ 150Fan/ Gas 3 and grease or line a 30×20 (12″x8″) cake tin [ I actually use a “brownie pan” that’s how obsessed we are with them!]
  • Melt the chocolate pieces with the butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water
  • As soon as it’s melted, remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. Leave for 10mn
  • Whisk in the apple puree and the eggs until the mixture has thickened
  • Add the espresso powder then sift in the cocoa and baking powder.
  • Add the almond, vanillas and chopped up chocolates and carefully mix together
  • Pour the mixture in the tin, smooth over and tap gently to remove any air bubbles
  • Bake in the oven for about 50mn until risen, slightly crusty on top but still soft underneath
  • Leave to cool completely in the tin then remove and wrap. Store overnight
  • Cut into 12 pieces. Drizzle with icing or dust with chocolate powder

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