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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Sugar Coma No. 2

Sooo today was my best friend Kalli's 22nd birthday =D yaaaaaayy!! And in celebration, I made her this epically EPIC sweet treat....according to Kevin and Amanda it's called the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n' Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar. Omg. When I saw the pictures of this colossus of a sugar hit, I showed them to Kalli and she was like YES, we must make this beast. And so, we (well I =P) did.....


Making it was a cinch, pretty basic. But. Omg. I have never said it before in my life, but, I think it was so sweet......possiblly nearly too sweet I nearly felt like chucking.  Even afer a small small slice.

Shock horror. 

Don't get me wrong, I think it tasted every bit as good as I thought it would. But omg. OMG

Didn't help that I kept eating the raw batter for pretty much each component as I was preparing them, before I even cooked it, or even assembled it. Or that I served it with homemade french vanilla ice cream.

Or hot fudge sauce.

By the end of the day, I was pretty much in a sugar coma.

Pretty sure I still am.

Some notes on the making of this giant, the recipe calls for a hot fudge sauce. Now, you can most definitely buy this from the supermarket, but me being me I had the urge to make my own. It didn't turn out as good I had hoped, but that could be because I didn't really follow the instructions to a T (I know, there's something wrong with me). But I'm gonna be road-testing a Ben n' Jerry's one soon so look out for that one. But this one still tasted good =D.

The recipe also calls for a brownie mix, so I used my world famous one, omitting the choc chips, and I added the 1/4 cup of hot fudge sauce the recipe suggests to include (which of course was the sauce I had made). So by all means use your own recipe, or even a box mix (even though I normally frown upon these =P....but in this case you might get a fudgy-er effect by using one).

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar

1 cup (225g) butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 & 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups (340g) milk chocolate chips
2 packets Double Stuffed Oreos (I got mine from the Asian grocer in my local shopping centre)
1 Family Size (9×13) Brownie mix 
1/4 cup hot fudge topping (recipe below)
1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Cream the butter and both sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well to thoroughly combine. 
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt, then slowly incorporate into the mixer until the flour is just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. 
3. Spread the cookie dough in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish that’s been lined with baking paper. Top with a layer of Oreos. 
4. Mix together brownie mix, adding an optional 1/4 cup of hot fudge topping to the mix. Pour the brownie batter over the cookie dough and Oreos. 
5. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool. Serve warm with ice cream and hot fudge sauce (recipe below).

This shows a perfect cross-section on the brownie/cookie/oreo creation....
also shows you the grease, but just ignore that =P

Old-Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce
Adapted from Fine Cooking Magazine

6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup boiling water
3 tbsp butter
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla

1. Put the cocoa powder and boiling water in a small saucepan, stir until it forms a thick paste. Add the butter and stir well. It will kind of look like a lumpy disaster at this point, it will smooth out as it heats up. (This is the step I didn't do properley - make sure the cocoa is sort of dissolved, or you'll end up with lumps like I did).

2. Set on the pan on the stove over medium heat. Add the sugar and golden syrup. Stir to incorporate and keep the mixture on the stove over medium heat to bring it up to a simmer.

3. As the mixture comes up to a simmer, brush down the insides of the pot with water to dissolve any rogue sugar crystals (One crystal will breed more, which will eventually turn your fudge sauce into solid candy.)
Use a pastry brush dipped in a little cold water.

4. Simmer the sauce without stirring for 8 minutes. You may need to adjust the heat up or down a little, depending on your stove. Basically, you want to keep the mixture at a good simmer/low boil.

5. When your 8 minutes are up, remove the pan from the stove. Stir the vanilla into the sauce with a clean wooden spoon (again, you want to avoid any pesky, undissolved sugar crystals). Serve hot.

I actually had portions of both cookie dough and brownie mix leftover, so I thought I might make some cookies with some of them....the normal cookies tasted awesome! But the mutant mixed ones weren't that great, a tad bit on the burnt side. Maybs if I cooked them properly at the right temp and oven shelf they might have turned out better. I'm bookmarking the cookie dough recipe actually, they tasted slightly caramel-y. But yea, I'm gonna investigate and see what I can make out of the remaining. Although it is tempting to eat them as they are, raw.....mmmmm.

Btw, if you think my photos are drool-worthy, then you REAAAAALLY really need to check out Kevin & Amanda''s like torture. And a little voice in your head will beg you to make this....and won't stop till you actually do. Believe me. I know. I caved in after only a day of staring at them.

Enjoy =D xx

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