Mmmmint Oreo Brownies

You can’t say “mint Oreo brownies” without saying “mmmm”. Nor would you want to, as these are mmmmarvellous.

As if a chocolate brownie wasn’t gorgeous enough, adding the Oreos brings new, and welcome, texture to this chocolatey party.

This recipe is egg free. For the simple reason that I was fresh out of eggs. Undeterred, I substituted 4 eggs with 4 tablespoons of thick Greek style yoghurt. The resulting brownies were as smooth, rich and gooey as ever so I share it now with you.

Mmmmint Oreo Brownies

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 150g butter
  • 300g soft brown sugar
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tablespoons Greek style yoghurt (or 4 beaten eggs if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 120g milk chocolate, chopped
  • About 8 mint Oreos, broken up a bit

Method

  • First, preheat your oven to 180C and line a square tin with foil (my tin is 20cm square).
  • In a pan which can hold all of the ingredients, melt your butter over a gentle heat. Then stir in the sugar.
  • Next add the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda and roughly mix. Take off the heat.
  • Now plop in the yoghurt and mint extract and stir again.
  • Stir in the chocolate chunks and pour your unctuous mixture into the waiting tin.
  • Scatter over those broken Oreos and press them down very slightly.
  • Pop in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. It’s worth having a check at 20 minutes as you don’t want to over cook and miss out on that gooey loveliness. When ready, the brownie will look set on top but will still have a wobble underneath.
  • Once cooked, take out of the oven and cool on a wire rack, still in the baking tin.

Banana & Sunken Chocolate Cake

Within an hour of writing my last blog post for fluffy banana pancakes I made this cake. Auto suggestion or potassium deficiency? Hard to say.

This cake is delicious, quick and easy – the perfect threesome in my kitchen. It’s the kind of cake you look forward to with a cuppa mid afternoon, not too fancy but still a little bit indulgent. I made it to use up a couple brown bananas which were lurking on my counter top but I fancied something less worthy than a banana loaf. Hello sunken chocolate chunks.

This would be just as fabulous with dark chocolate (my kids aren’t keen) or white chocolate (I’m not keen) or indeed a mixture of dark, white and milk.

Banana & Sunken Chocolate cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 125g butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 150g milk chocolate, chopped into chunks

Method

  • Before you start, heat your oven to 180 or 170 fan / gas mark 4. Grease and line a round cake tin, preferably with a loose bottom for easy release later on.
  • Melt your butter, then remove from the heat and whisk in the sugar.
  • Next mix in the mashed banana and vanilla before whisking in the eggs one at a time.
  • Add half the flour and mix well, then mix in the rest of the flour and the chocolate chunks.
  • Scrape into the waiting tin and bake for 40 minutes. Check that the cake is golden and a skewer comes out clean (if it doesn’t, just pop it back in the oven and check every 5 minutes).
  • Leave to stand on a cooling rack for a while before turning out.

Easy Speedy Flapjacks

It’s Friday treat time, so if you fancy a little sweet something try throwing together these easy speedy flapjacks. The chances are you’ll already have all the ingredients waiting for you in your cupboard.

These flapjacks are astonishingly easy. My 8 year old made these all by himself and they proved to be an absolutely delicious treat.

There are just 4 ingredients in these beauties. The list starts with a generous helping of nutritious oats, but while the other 3 ingredients are equally as delicious they’re certainly not healthy. Butter, sugar and syrup. Say it fast and you hardly notice them. Let’s just focus on the fact that oats are very good for us.

A couple of notes before we start: my son didn’t melt the butter when he made these, he just used very soft butter, which was fine but the mixture needed a bit more elbow grease to get it going. Final note, feel free to use honey instead of syrup, it will do the same job only slightly healthier.

Easy Speedy Flapjacks Recipe

Makes 9 generous flapjacks

Ingredients

  • 120g oats
  • 60g soft brown sugar
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons golden syrup or runny honey
  • 60g butter

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 C for fan or 200 C conventional oven.
  • Butter a tin (mine is 20cm x 20cm).
  • If your butter is not really soft melt it or at least soften it. Mix together all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Tip the oaty mixture into your tin and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Once the flapjacks are golden brown, take out of the oven and leave to cool for just a few minutes.
  • While still warm and soft cut the flapjacks but leave them in the tin to cool completely (if you can wait). As they cool they will become firmer.