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Dirty brownies

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About Us Welcome folks I’m Pip from @montytheford. I live in my 41 year old yellow motorhome with my boyfriend Dan and our two cheeky rescue dogs Jango and Steve. We have been living in the van for over 18 months now. Living small has been better than we had ever imagined. We have less outgoings, less possessions, less worries. Most of the time we are parked up in a tranquil spot with family in rural England, in a village close to where we both grew up. Even during lockdown with all its restrictions, we have been surrounded by beautiful birdsong, soothing sunsets and dainty wild flowers. Lockdown When the virus started to restrict travel in Europe, we were in mountainous Northern Spain. Dashing to Calais to cross the channel, we returned home safely after three months exploring. We were so focused on getting back, we hadn’t really thought about what we would do afterwards. My job as a supply teacher didn’t exist anymore. We couldn’t see friends or family, despite already having three months apart. Things weren’t as we had expected. But, there were positives. Suddenly we were flooded with a lot of extra time, so I decided to immerse myself in creative hobbies… Baking As I child, I did a lot of baking. I am the eldest of four children, so baking was a cheap and cheerful way for Mum to keep us all occupied (she is an amazing baker). Even at university, cake Tuesdays became a regular feature as I whipped up delicious sweet treats every week for my house mates. But as work took centre stage, baking slowly drifted away from me as I became more and more pushed for time. This is no longer the case. Every Sunday morning for the past two months, myself and two good friends - Sarah and Carys - video chat together whilst baking the same recipe. It works amazingly well. We share our progress, ask for a second opinion, adapt the recipe a little as we go. Basically, we support each other. And despite our range of baking experience, everything has come out tasting just as it should – and gets eaten very quickly. If you are looking for social contact without having to take part in a quiz, I couldn’t recommend virtual baking enough! It’s cheap, you learn a new skill, catch up with friends and have something delicious to eat at the end. I will be sharing a few of my favourite bakes on here that I have made with Sarah and Carys. Each bake has been prepared in the van using basic cooking equipment, and the recipes are easy to follow, whatever your previous experience. I hope you enjoy following them as much as I have. Happy baking!

These dirty brownies are the ultimate indulgence. What’s dirty about these brownies we hear you ask? Firstly they are pure unadulterated filth, in the best possible way. Chocolate biscuit base with a brownie top, chocolate overload. Secondly, your van kitchen may be a bit dirty after measuring and baking these beauts, but it is totally worth it.

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Dirty brownies

These super-indulgent brownies are easy to make, look incredible and taste even better. Reserved only for those who have a serious sweet tooth! Best served warmed up with vanilla ice-cream.
5 from 1 vote
Family friendly
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chilling time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Baking, Dessert
Servings 16
Diet Vegetarian


  • Oven
  • Fridge


For the biscuit layer

  • 115 g Unsalted butter
  • 125 g Light brown sugar
  • 1 Medium egg
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 225 g Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp Cornflour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 150 g Milk chocolate chips
  • 1 pack Oreos

For the brownie layer

  • 100 g Unsalted butter
  • 100 g Dark chocolate
  • 2 Medium eggs
  • 140 g Caster sugar
  • 50 g Plain flour
  • 25 g Cocoa powder
  • 150 g Milk chocolate chips


For the biscuit layer

  • Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla, beat until smooth.
  • Slowly add the flour, bicarbonate, cornflour, salt and cornflour. Beat until a cookie dough forms.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and press the mixture into a lined baking tray. Freeze (or chill) for at least 20 minutes.
  • After chilling, cover the biscuit layer with oreos (a sawing motion with a knife helps to cut them in half)
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/ Gas Mark 4.

For the brownie layer

  • Slowly melt your butter and dark chocolate together.
  • Whisk together the eggs and sugar into a thick mousse like mixture. Then fold in the chocolate mix.
  • Add in the flour and cocoa powder.
  • Carefully add the chocolate chips into the mixture, then pour over the oreo layer.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until there is only a slight wobble in the middle when moving the tray.
  • Cool before cutting up (I put mine in the fridge to help them firm up first).


Calories: 502kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 5gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 164mgPotassium: 232mgFiber: 3gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 383IUCalcium: 43mgIron: 5mg
Keyword brownies, chocolate, dessert, dutch oven, intermediate, sweet, vegetarian
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