Is it just me or does anyone else find the neon packaging of American treats shamefully appealing? I’m going to be honest – every time I leave the Off Licence with a Vita Coco instead of a box of peanut butter Pop Tarts, i’m left feeling somewhat woeful. Here’s the thing: I know i’m not meant to find those sugary, teeth squeaking marshmallows in a bowl of Lucky Charms delicious but I can’t help myself. Perhaps it’s a reminder of simpler times before the threat of cellulite and Victoria Secret Models ruined all the fun.
Today my sister and I decided to hit the ‘F*** it’ button and conjured up a baked delight ensuring that no amount of high fructose corn syrup was spared. Peanut butter, Oreos and brownie mixture are pretty much the Holy Trinity of treats in my opinion and naturally the obvious ingredients when trying to impress your boyfriends friends. I think they’d be great cut into quarters at a barbecue or even hot with ice cream for a make ahead dinner party pudding. I know it’s not exactly classy but who really cares how imported and packaged their dessert is when they taste so damn good? Here’s the how to:
200g unsalted butter
200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
300g granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
125g plain flour
A jar of the most kitschly packaged peanut butter you can find.
1. Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with cupcake wrappers and preheat the oven to 180°C
2. Sandwich together two Oreos with peanut butter and then spread a layer on top and place in the tin.
3. Melt the butter and chocolate over a low heat stirring occasionally.
4. In a large mixing bowl whisk the eggs and the sugar until it becomes pale and frothy looking then add the vanilla extract
5. Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and fold in gently.
6. Sift in the flour and fold in.
7. Using a spoon, carefully pour the mixture on and around the Oreo’s making sure it has reached all the sides. You don’t need to be too fastidious as they’ll expand as they’re baked.
8. Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. They should look a little softer than you’d expect when they come out. Once they’ve set they’ll be the perfect fudgey consistency rather than dry or brittle.