Thursday, 22 March 2012

Baileys Brownies

Now aren't you all lucky bunnies? TWO posts in ONE day! ... yeah, yeah, I know it's to make up for the lack of posting for the last two Tuesdays, BUT, this one's a winner winner chicken dinner. This is one of those fantastic examples of putting two delicious things together to make something absolutely diVINE. Yes, my friends, if you haven't already guessed by the title of this post, this recipe is a gorgeous combination of Baileys and my heavenly brownies. What could be better? well, you'll have to wait and see! Anyways, I originally found this recipe here and then switched their brownie recipe for mine and took the Baileys part from them (thanks!). I will admit, I did fail a little when spreading the top layer on, but I think it adds a touch of character to the whole thing; but if anyone asks, I did that on purpose for decorative effect.

As with all the recipes that I put up here with two parts, I have photographed all the ingredients together, but written them separately for your ease. Aren't I nice?

Bare Necessities
For The Brownies:
75g Self-Raising Flour
15g Cocoa Powder
100g Butter
175g Castor Sugar
100g Plain Chocolate
2 Eggs

For The Baileys Filling:
16oz/2cups/450g Cream Cheese
1 Egg
1/3cup/75g Sugar
3tbsp Baileys

1. Preheat the oven to 170C/gas mark 4.
2. Grease and line an oblong tin.
3. Sift flour and cocoa powder into a bowl.
4. Put the butter and sugar into a pan and add one tablespoon of water.
5. Put on a low heat and stir until it has all melted and mixed.
6. Turn off the heat, break the chocolate into pieces, add to the pan and stir until melted and mixed.
7. Wait until the mixture has cooled enough so that you can comfortably put your hand against the side of the pan. As you've probably gathered by now, I'm impatient, so I sit the pan in a cold water bath (careful not to let any water get into the pan, obviously) and cool the mixture that way.
8. Beat in the eggs.
9. Pour the flour and cocoa powder into the mixture and fold with a wooden spoon until completely mixed.
10. In a separate bowl, whisk the sugar and the cream cheese until smooth.
11. Whisk in the remaining egg and the Baileys until light and fluffy.
12. Pour half of the brownie mixture into the tin.
13. Smooth it down and spread to all the edges.
14. Pour in all of the Baileys mix and gently spread it so that it completely covers the brownie mixture. Try to keep them as separate as possible.
15. Pour the remaining brownie mixture into the tin and gently spread over the Baileys mixture.
16. Pop into the oven for 30-35 minutes or until you can put a knife in it and it comes out clean.
17. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool, or if you can't wait, cut yourself a cheeky slice and make everyone else wait!