These Pick Up Chocolate Brownies are filled with black and white pick up biscuits , which allows for a biscuity surprise inside each brownie square.
My Pick Up Chocolate Brownies were created as a result of me receiving a packet of the black and white variety inside my latest Degsutabox UK delivery last week. Having realised that they looked a little similar to Oreo cookies in colour,(for example, their colour and robustness), I then thought that they would probably maintain their shape while being baked inside a cake or brownie batter. Afterall, Pick up biscuits are quite robust and do not crumble or crush easily.
Having previously made Oreo Cupcakes , were an Oreo was placed inside each cupcake case filled with batter, I know that once baked, the Oreos remain intact. Therefore, I figured (and indeed hoped) that Pick Up biscuits would do the same thing once baked inside a brownie batter. Thankfully, it worked and the brownies and the Pick Ups baked well together.
Next I decided to cover the cooked, and cooled, brownie with melted chocolate for some extra chocolate naughtiness. Furthermore, I then topped the brownie with some Curly Wurly Squirlies, another little treat that came with my Degustabox. This is optional, and to be honest if I were to make these again, I might not opt to use these as a brownie topper. Not that the Curly Wurly Squirlies are not delicious because they really are. No, it is because they are very chewy being filled with toffee, and therefore, were a little hard to eat ! However, in this instance, I managed to eat my way through a few brownies!
Looking at each square of brownie, you can clearly see the Pick Up biscuit inside. Incidentally, I should have cut the brownies into squares before the chocolate on top had set completely and not afterwards. This is because the chocolate cracked once I started cutting into it. However, despite the cracked chocolate topping and the very chewy Curly Curly Squirlies, the Pick Up Chocolate Brownies were very nice to eat.
Of course you could use any of the Pick Up biscuits in this recipe, you do not have to use the black and white ones. Next time, if I were to make these again, I think topping the brownie with white chocolate would be a better finish, however, and compliment the black and white Pick Ups better.
- 225g unsalted butter, softened
- 200g caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- 50g good quality milk chocolate
- 50g good quality dark chocolate
- 4tsp hot chocolate powder
- 4tbsp warm milk
- 100g self raising flour
- 100g cocoa powder
- 5 Pick Up biscuits, cut in half (you will only need 8 - so you can eat the 9th one as a cooks perk!)
- 200g milk chocolate, melted
- 1 x bag of Cadbury Curly Wurly Squirlies (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180C/160C (fan)
- Grease and line a large brownie sized square cake tin with non-stick baking parchment.
- Dissolve the hot chocolate powder in 4 tablespoons of warm milk and leave to one side
- In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
- Add the eggs and beat well
- In food processor add the chocolate and blitz to chop to make smaller pieces .
- Add the chocolate into the butter and egg mixture and mix
- Add the milky chocolate drink and mix again
- Add the flour and cocoa powder and mix well
- Pour the half of the brownie batter into the prepared tin , then add 8 of the Pick Up biscuit halves onto the top the batter
- Pour over the remaining brownie batter and smooth over.
- Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. The brownie should have a slight wobble and the top a slight crust
- Allow to cool in the tin completely, then place on a wire rack to cool.
- I added some melted chocolate onto the top of my cold brownie and then topped with some of the Cadbury Curly Wurly Squirlies
- leave to cool and then cut into squares.
- Cut into squares or rectangular slices and top each one with a walnut piece if you want to.
I was sent a Degustabox UK in return for an honest review . Furthermore, it is my idea to feature the products in a recipe which I created myself for my blog.