I’m a self-confessed food programme addict. I love watching people cook, I love watching the beautiful food, I love hearing people talk about food. Sometimes I’m inspired to cook the recipes, sometimes I rush online to make a shopping list for ingredients, other times I just like to gaze in adoration at the food I know I’ll never make. Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, MasterChef; I’m not fussy.Watching is like eating huge steaming plates of comfort food without the calories or the guilt. I’ve recently found a new love – Lorraine Pascale’s ‘Baking Made Easy’.
Lorraine is a supermodel turned baker, and her title doesn’t lie – her recipes really are simple and delicious. I find myself sitting in front of the telly with a notebook frantically scribbling down the recipes, finding that everyone is something that I want to make and, more importantly, want to eat. The first recipe that got my taste buds going is, of course, a brownie recipe. These brownies are delicious, gooey and very chocolatley. The Oreos bring a nostalgia for childhood and a wonderful bite to the brownies.
Lorraine Pascale’s Cookies and Cream Brownies
– 165g Butter – 1 tbsp cocoa powder
– 3 eggs + 2 egg yolks – 200g dark chocolate
– 165g brown sugar – 2tbsp flour
– 100g cookies and cream Oreos (although i used a whole packet!)
1) Grate the chocolate and melt in a pan along with the butter.
2) Whisk together the eggs. Split the vanilla pod, extract the seeds with a sharp knife. Add to the eggs.
3) Add the sugar to the eggs in two goes.
4) Pour the chocolate into the side of the eggs so the bubbles aren’t removed.
5) Fold in the flour and cocoa powder.
6 ) Crumble the Oreos and stir in half.
7) Pour the mixture into the prepared tin. Add the rest of the cookies.
8 ) Bake for 20 – 30 minutes. Cool, slice and dust with icing sugar.