Caramel & White Chocolate Brownies

You may already know that I am a little bit brownie obsessed. We’ve had Malteser brownies, Snickers brownies, Cheesecake brownies, Choc-chip brookie stack an epic brownie vs. blondie bake off. The list goes on.

So when I had some left over caramel from my last bake, I knew what had to be done… Make brownies, cover them in white chocolate and drizzle the caramel on top of course!

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This time round I thought I’d mix it up and test out a new basic brownie recipe. First, I added a little cocoa powder to intensify the deep chocolate flavour and make the brownies even more fudgy. Then, I used a mix of white caster sugar and light brown sugar to give the brownies a chewy texture. The result? Heaven!

Ingredients (makes 12 large/16 small brownies) 

150g self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder
150g unsalted butter
170g 70% dark chocolate
150g white caster sugar
75g light brown sugar
2 medium eggs
200g white chocolate
Homemade/shop bought caramel sauce – if you fancy making your own check out my fool-proof recipe here.

Let’s get baking…

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 20x20cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.

Break the dark chocolate up into pieces and chop the butter into chunks. Put both into a medium-size bowl.

Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water on the hob and stir until melted. Alternatively, use a microwave proof bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second blasts. Leave to cool.

In a separate bowl whisk together the two sugars and eggs until frothy. Pour in the butter and chocolate mixture, add in the flour and cocoa powder, and fold together until you have a thick chocolate mixture.

Spoon the mixture into the baking tin, spreading it out into an even layer.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 17-20 minutes. The top should no longer be shiny and the edges should be starting to crack. Leave to cool. Brownies will harden as they cool so don’t worry if they initially look under baked.

Now melt the white chocolate in the microwave and pour over the top of the brownies. Put in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to allow the chocolate set.

Finish by drizzling the caramel over the top.

 

Bake off: Brownies Vs Blondies

Rich fudgy brownies Vs Chewy butterscotch blondies

Which do you prefer? Is blonde the new brown? Or brown the new blonde?

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Personally, I’m in the brownie camp. Probably because I have a hugeeee sweet tooth and no brownie is too rich for me. I’ve never understood people who have a tiny bite of something and say “that will do me, it’s very sweet’ – seriously who are you!? Pass it over and let me finish yours!

To make this a fair bake off I’ve used the same flavours for both recipes:

Blondies = white chocolate Reese’s cups + Golden Oreos

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Brownies = milk chocolate Reese’s cups + Brownie Oreos

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The saltiness from the peanut butter, combined with the sweetness of the chocolate and crunch of the Oreos – these really are beautifully balanced bakes! Grab your baking tins and be your own judge 🙂

 

Blondies (makes 16 small, 12 large)

170g unsalted butter
250g light brown sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
2 medium eggs, at room temp
170g self-raising flour
120g approx. white chocolate Reese’s cups (I found packets which had two cups in each and used 3 packets in total)
1 packet Golden Oreos

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C and line a 23cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.

Roughly chop the Reese’s cups and Oreo’s into quarters.

Melt the butter in the microwave in a medium sized bowl in 20 second blasts until liquid.

Add the sugar and mix until fully combined. Crack in the eggs and add the vanilla extract and stir together. Now add the flour and fold the mixture together.

Throw in the chopped Reese’s and Oreos and fold into the mixture. Transfer to the baking tin and spread into an even layer.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 17-20* minutes, until the top is no longer shiny and a toothpick inserted into one of the edges comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to completely cool before slicing.

Your blondies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

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Brownies (makes 16 small, 12 large)

150g unsalted butter
170g good quality dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)
2 medium eggs, at room temperature
225g caster sugar
150g self-raising flour
120g approx. milk chocolate Reese’s cups (I used a sharing bag of miniature ones)
1 packet Brownie Oreos

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease and base line a 23x23cm square tin with baking paper.

Gently melt the butter and chocolate in a glass bowl set over a pan of simmering water, or in the microwave in 20 second blasts. Once melted, remove from the heat and leave to cool.

In a separate bowl whisk together the sugar and eggs until frothy. Pour in the melted butter chocolate mixture and the flour and fold together until you have a thick chocolate mixture.

Throw in the chopped Reese’s and Oreos and fold into the mixture. Transfer to the baking tin and spread into an even layer.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 17-20 minutes*. The top should no longer be shiny and the edges should be starting to crack. Test the brownies with a toothpick, it should come out almost clean. Remove from the oven and leave to completely cool before slicing.

Your brownies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

*Depending on your oven the bakes may take less or more time. This is more of a judgment call and I would say always go with your gut instinct. As a guideline I would suggest testing them by inserting a toothpick into the middle, if it comes out covered in chocolate put them back in. If it comes out only slightly coated with a few crumbs, and the top of the bake is no longer shiny, take them out as will continue to cook as they cool.

 

 

Malteser Brownies

Maltesers + brownies = heaven!

This is one of my all time favourite recipes and definitely my readers favourite too!

Texture is everything when it comes to brownies. There are two camps, Cakey vs Fudgy – and i’m definitely in the latter one! If you’re also in this camp, then you HAVE to try this recipe…

Gooey in the middle, dense and fudgy on the outside, crinkly on top and packed full with crunchy Maltesers. Seriously, what is there not to love!?

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Here are a few tips to make sure your brownies are perfect…

1. Whisk the eggs and sugar really well – this will give you that crackly top.

2. Once you’ve added the flour be careful not to over mix – this will add air to the mixture and result in a cake-like texture.

3. Be very careful not to overcook your brownies – the top should only just be set with a little wobble underneath. When in doubt, lean towards underdone than overdone. Brownies will continue to cook and firm up as they cool.

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Ingredients (makes 9 large/ 12 small brownies)

150g unsalted butter, at room temperature
170g 70% dark chocolate
225g caster sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
150g self-raising flour
150g Maltesers

Let’s get baking…

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease and base line a 23x23cm square tin with baking paper.

Gently melt the butter and chocolate in a glass bowl set over a pan of simmering water, or in the microwave in 20 second blasts. Once melted, remove from the heat and leave to cool.

In a separate bowl whisk together the sugar and eggs until frothy. Pour in the melted butter chocolate mixture and the flour and fold together until you have a thick chocolate mixture. Now fold in the Maltesers and spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, smoothing it out with a knife.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 17-20 minutes. The top should no longer be shiny and the edges should be starting to crack. Test the brownies with a toothpick, it should come out almost clean.

Cool completely, before cutting and serving. I love these brownies warmed up in the microwave with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream…. absolute heaven!