Monday, November 26, 2012

Oreo Brownies

I bought a package of Oreo cookies the other day and totally forgot about them. Until recently, when I came across Lorraine Pascale's Baking Made Easy cookbook. I love Lorraine; she's so sweet and makes gorgeous food. Her recipes are all really easy and yet decadent. So I saw her Oreo Brownies recipe and had to make them. These brownies are so squidgy and fluffy in the middle, but the Oreos make a great crunch. One of the best brownies I have ever eaten! I used chocolate filled Oreos, but you can use the original ones or any kind you like.
165g butter
200g dark chocolate, finely chopped
3 eggs
2 egg yolks
2 tea spoons vanilla extract
165g brown sugar
 2 table spoons flour
 1 table spoon cocoa powder
 A pinch of salt
 154g pack Oreos, broken into quarters

Melt the butter over medium heat and set aside. Stir in the chocolate and sit for a few minutes. Then stir together so you get a nice, melted gooey mixture. Whisk the eggs and yolks in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the sugar, but be gentle so you don't knock out the air bubbles, pour it to around the side of the egg mixture. Keep mixing until you get a stiff mixture. Now add the melted chocolate and mix gently. Next, add the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Mix it up and add a third of the Oreos, mix up until combined. Pour into a greased baking tin, lined up with parchment paper. Scatter the remaining Oreos on top and bake for 25 minutes on 190°C.
When you remove the brownies out of the oven, the middle should be still a bit gooey. Leave it in the tin to cool down. Pull the brownies out of the tin and cut into squares.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies are pure art. A perfect chocolate chip cookie is so hard to find. I haven't found the one yet, but this recipe is the closest to perfect :) These cookies are double chocolate, inside and outside just the perfect cookie you'll want to eat.

It's from this blog.

2 1/4 cups flour1 tsp baking soda1 cup [2 sticks] margarine1/4 cup sugar3/4 cup brown sugar 6 oz. chocolate chips4 oz. instant chocolate pudding1 tsp vanilla2 eggs

Mix flour and baking soda and set aside. In a separate bowl mix the softened margarine, sugar, brown sugar, pudding mix, vanilla and beat until smooth. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips and drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes on 190°C.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Lemon Pretzels

In case you were wondering If I am baking anything else than cookies lately - no I don't. Here's another cookie recipe. :)

My mum surprised me with these beauties on Monday when I came home. These pretzels are so delicious I had to share the recipe with you! They're like lemonade in cookie form. Totally addictive and so easy to make.

200 grams flour
100 grams butter
70 grams sugar
1/2 lemon - squish the juice out of it and grate the peel
2 egg yolks
1 tea spoon vanilla

Mix all of the ingredients together with a wooden spoon. When it starts getting thick, continue with your hands and knead the dough. Form into a ball and put in the fridge for 30 minutes. Form the dough into a long, sausage looking shape. Now cut the dough to walnut sized pieces. Form this little pieces of dough into pretzels by rolling the dough into a small sausage looking shape and turning the edges to the middle of it, pressing slightly with your fingers. Just use your imagination, you can also do other shapes if you wish. Bake at 180°C until they're golden brown. Sprinkle the pretzels with powdered sugar while they're still warm.