Thursday, 4 February 2016

Valentine's Day Brownies

These rolo brownies are the perfect treat to share on Valentine's Day!  Or any day of the year for that matter.  With a paper thin crust, fudgey centre, rich chocolate, & hidden soft toffee chunks, these delicious brownies are certainly going to be a big hit with those you share them with!

How to make Rolo Bronwies

I'm sure I don't need to give any introduction to chocolate brownies: soft, fudge-y, chocolate-y, rich ... simply chocolate heaven!

As Valentine's Day is fast approaching a simple chocolate brownie recipe is the perfect treat to share with your loved ones.  But these are a little more than simple chocolate brownies as they each piece hides a little surprise in their centre!

Homemade Caramel & Rolos

Do you remember the Rowntree Role advert from some years ago (though they're now made by Nestle) which coined the phrase "do you love anybody enough to give them your last rolo?"  I was but a young teenager back then and that year on Valentine's Day I received an anonymous card and small ring sized box containing, not a ring, but a rolo!  I was so embarrassed and honestly wondered if it really was his last rolo.  Lol!

Tube of Rolos

Inside these already deliciously rich brownies is a rolo.  Extra chocolate.  Soft caramel like toffee.  Oh my, it's a wonder these beauties successfully made their way to the plate ready for a few pictures to be taken!  In fact it's a wonder that Mr E & I managed to parcel some of these bad boys up for his work colleagues.  Needless to say they'd all been eaten within 5 minutes of him arriving in the office!

Brownies are often made with dark chocolate, but we prefer to use a mixture of dark and milk chocolate in our brownie batter to reduce that dark cocoa flavour which can become a little too rich at times.  If you're a fan of dark chocolate do feel free to replace the milk chocolate with more of the dark stuff.
 
Chocolate Bronwies with Rolos

Brownies, although simple in their preparation, need to be monitored closely when the bake nears completion.  As we know, a brownie should be soft and fudge-y,  too long in the oven can transform them into something more akin to cake (though served with some warm custard all is not lost 😉).    When ready, the brownie will have the very slightest of wobbles when the baking tray is rocked,  and a few soft fudge-y crumbs will cling to a skewer when it is inserted baked brownie.




So, so here's how to make Rolo Brownies!






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Valentine's Day Brownies
These rolo brownies are the perfect treat to share on Valentine's Day!  Or any day of the year for that matter.  With a paper thin crust, fudgey centre, rich chocolate, & hidden soft toffee chunks, these delicious brownies are certainly going to be a big hit with those you share them with!

Details
Prep time: Cook time:      Yield: 1 tray bake, slices into 9 large, or 16 small pieces

 Specific Equipment
    1 x Brownie Tin measuring 20cm x 20cm
Ingredients
  • 200g Unsalted Butter
  • 100g Milk Chocolate
  • 100g Dark Chocolate
  • 3 Eggs + 1 Egg Yolk
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 125g Light Muscovado Sugar
  • 130g Plain Flour
  • 16  Rolos

Method
1. Pre-heat the oven to 160c / 140 Fan / Gas 32. Prepare the brownie tin. Grease and fully line the brownie tin with greaseproof paper, ensuring there is excess paper beyond the edge of the tin to aid the removal of the brownie once cooked.3. Melt the butter and chocolate. Pour an inch or two of water into the bottom of a pan which is small enough to allow a bowl to be placed on top without its base touching the water. Place the pan on the hob over a low heat. Cube the butter and place into the bowl. Break the chocolates into pieces and add to the bowl. Position the bowl over the pan of warming water. Allow the butter and chocolate to slowly melt, stirring periodically with a spatula. Once the mixture is fully melted and lump free remove the bowl from the pan. Sit the bowl on a clean cloth / kitchen roll to dry the underside. Leave the mixture for a few minutes to allow the mixture to cool a little.4. Mix the eggs and sugar. Place the two sugars and eggs into the large mixing bowl. Use a balloon whisk to mix until just combined. 5. Combine the two mixtures. Pour the melted chocolate and butter mixture into the bowl containing the combined eggs and sugar. Use the balloon whisk to combine.6. Fold in the flour. Sieve the flour into the mixture. Use a spatula to fold everything together. Fold until the powders have been combined, paying attention to the bottom of bowl.7. Fill the brownie tin. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared tin. Smooth it out as necessary. 8. Add the rolo chunks. Evenly distribute the rolos over the surface of the brownie batter.9. Bake. Place the brownie tin in the centre of the oven and bake for 40 - 50 minutes. You may need to rotate the tin after 30 minutes of baking. After 40 minutes of baking check the brownie every few minutes to avoid over baking it (see note a below). The brownie is ready when a skewer inserted into the centre of the bake comes out with a few moist crumbs.10. Cool. Remove the brownie from the oven and set onto a cooling tray. Allow to fully cool in the tray. Use the excess greaseproof paper to lift the brownie from the tin and place it onto a board. Slice into pieces. Use a pallet knife to remove the pieces from the greaseproof paper.  
Notes: a) There's no need to push the rolos into the brownie mixture as they will slowly sink into it during the bake and meld together. b) It's key to avoid over baking the brownie. Removing it too soon will result in it being too soft, though over baking it will create something more cake like. When ready it will no longer wobble in the centre, though an inserted skewer will still hold some moist crumbs. Ours took 45 minutes to bake. c) Store in an airtight container. d) Allow the brownies to come back to room temperature before enjoying any slices which may have been chilled. e) Brownies are best eaten the day after baking. f) If you enjoy richer brownies either substitute the milk chocolate for more plain chocolate.







 

 

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These chocolate brownies are perfect for Valentine's Day having rolos prodded into the batter.  Though in reality this tray bake is perfect at anytime of year

 

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36 comments:

  1. Delicious brownies Angela, I love the idea of soft toffee inside, my 2 favourite ingredients. Pinned x

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    1. :-) You and me both Sarah! It's a wonder any of them successfully got to Mr E's work place they were so delicious.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  2. This just looks so tasty... I love chocolate brownies, I've tried making one using nutella but it didn't come out as moist, rich and fudgey as this. Thanks for sharing the recipe! #LifeLovingLinkie

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    1. Ooh a nutella brownie sounds fabulous - you should give it another go as it's Nutella Day today!
      Thanks for your kind comments,
      Angela x

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  3. This looks easy to make, I will give it a try. Please link it up to #overthemoon and #thursdayfavoritethings! Have a great week.

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    1. They really are Marilyn, and you're rewarded with a fabulous brownie for watching the oven so vigilantly ;-)
      Thanks for the invite, I'll pop over,
      Angela x

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  4. I can never say no to a brownie! but the secret rolo is such a cool idea - unfortunately in our house we aren't very good sharers so no one would dare share the last one :p and I think if I make these it will be the same! look amazing though! #YumTum

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    1. Hahaha, you'll just have to make a secret batch Charlotte ;-)
      Thanks for popping by and of course for hosting,
      Angela x

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  5. Did you ever find out who the mystery roll was from? I remember being very careful about not accidentally giving someone my last Rolo when I was younger just in case they got the wrong impression!

    I love the idea of hiding a Rolo inside each one, such a sweet idea for Valentine's Day.

    I've not got that James Morton book but it sounds really useful so I might have to go and get myself a copy.

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    1. Hahaha, that sounds like the sort of thing I would have done too :-) I did ultimately find out yes, he was in the same year group as me at school.
      That James Morton book is really good in my opinion. It's quite different to most other baking books as it goes through certain bakes such as brownies or macarons and explains why we carry out certain steps and then goes on to talk about troubleshooting should the bake not be as successful as it should be. He then shares a handful of recipes for that particular bake. I'd definitely recommend it Charlotte, though he didn't mention wetting the greaseproof paper when making egg white based macarons as we discussed last week ;-)
      Thanks for popping by and commenting Charlotte.

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  6. Oh my these look SO good! I haven't made brownies in forever, I really need to soon!

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. Ooh, you certainly have to remedy that Jasmin! They're really easy to make, and you're rewarded with a seriously delicious treat - (just remember to set a timer so that you don't loose track of time as it bakes).
      Thanks for your kind comments Jasmin,
      Angela x

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  7. These would certainly be a hit with me. How I'd love someone to bake me a batch for Valentine's Day - or any other day come to that ;) Toffee definitely sounds like a good addition. Thanks for joining in with We Should Cocoa.

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    1. You and me both Choclette, I adore chocolate (plus everything I shouldn't enjoy) too. These brownies are beautifully soft and fudgey but the rolo makes for a lovely addition when you come across due to the change in flavour and texture.
      Thanks for your kind comments, and of course for hosting,
      Angela x

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  8. oh my... how utterly stunning do these look? I love them. I love how brownies are so simple but there are so many varied recipes for them! Glorious stuff. Thanks for linking to Simply Eggcellent x

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    1. Aw thank you so much Dominic :-) Brownies are just brilliant to quickly whip up and put a smile on people's faces.
      Thanks for your kind comments, and of course for hosting,
      Angela x

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  9. These brownies would surely win my heart! Thanks for entering into Treat Petite.

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  10. Too rich????? How can a brownie EVER be too rich???? ;-) The richer the better in my book! Love the idea of adding a rolo in the middle - so cute!! Thanks for your brownie making tips. I do love a squidgy brownie but it still feels all wrong to pull them out of the oven when the skewer is not yet coming out clean. I do force myself to obviously, but it just feels wrong! Eb x

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    1. Hahaha, I'm just not a dark chocolate lover...what can I say, I'm simply not sophisticated enough ;-) I know what you mean about pulling the brownie out of the oven when the skewer isn't clean, it does feel wrong doesn't it, but these things have to be done for the love of a soft fudgey brownie :-)
      Thanks for popping by and commenting Eb,
      Angela x

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    1. Ooh they were - in a very good way. Brownies just have to be squidgy :-)
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  12. Another triumph Angela! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou. Love, Mimi xxx

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  13. Genius idea! They look so tasty. Loving the roses as well

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    1. :-) Thank you so much Alison, though I wouldn't go as far as to say 'genius'....I'll take it though ;-) The roses are gorgeous aren't they....you'll have to keep your eyes peeled for an up and coming post which features them again!
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  14. If you gave me a slice of this, I wouldn't think twice about eating it (stuffing it down actually) and wouldn't have even occurred to me to share/give it to someone else. This looks so delicious, can you just pop one or two down to me please????

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #LifeLovingLinkie

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  15. What a great idea! I remember that ad from my childhood too. Now I'm in New Zealand I think rolos are only available at the 'international food' section, and are probably about 5 times more expensive, but I might have to give this a go anyway! Visiting from the #YumYum Linky

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    1. It's funny how some adverts stick in our memory for all of those years - though it probably helps that the product is particularly yummy! I still remember flake being 'only the crumbliest flakiest chocolate ...' with the lady sat on the window sill :-)
      I hope you enjoy it Karen as much as we did given the inflated price of the chocolate.
      Thanks for popping over and commenting,
      Angela x

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  16. I LOVE the idea of adding a Rolo! We love brownies in our house so I'll definitely be trying out this version. Thanks so much for linking up to #SundaySweets, hope you'll be back today

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    1. Soft fudgey brownies are just brilliant aren't they :-) Do let me know how you get on Toni,
      Thanks for popping by and of course for hosting,
      Angela x

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  17. I saw your comment about not having tested their 'freezability' I'd say that they would probably freeze incredibly well. I always find that the chocolate flavour of brownies becomes more dense when they've been frozen. Thanks once again for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek. New roundup now open xx

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    1. Ah, that's interesting. I shall certainly have to have a little more will power next time and pop a slice in the freezer.
      Thank you for popping by and commenting Helen, and of course for hosting. I shall be there for the new linky.
      Angela x

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  18. I wouldn't share my last Rolo with anyone, I would put them in these brownies! Thank you for sharing them with this month's Treat Petite!!

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    1. Hahaha, but would you then share the brownie Lisa ;-)?
      Thanks for popping by Lisa, and of course for hosting,
      Angela x

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