You may have already gathered that I like to bake on special occasions (birthday bash baking bananarama coming up – if that doesn’t sound exciting I don’t know what does), and these Chocolate Orange Brownies are no exception. Last Sunday marked one very happy year of being in a relationship with my boyfriend, and he is currently a fan of Terry’s chocolate oranges…you can see where I’m going with this. They turned out quite well and really do taste a lot like a chocolate orange, which was the ultimate goal really, so mission accomplished!
- 200g butter (real or margarine, but bearing in mind margarine will make the mixture runnier)
- 150g dark chocolate
- 50g Terry’s Milk Chocolate Orange
- zest of 1 large orange (2-3 tsps approx)
- 4 eggs
- 350g caster sugar
- 50g cocoa powder
- 100g plain flour
- 100g Terry’s Milk Chocolate Orange
Step 1: Melt the zest, butter, dark chocolate and orange chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of boiling water (a bain-marie). Obviously the zest won’t actually melt but heating them together infuses the chocolate with the zesty flavour and aroma.
Step 2: While the melted chocolate mixture is cooling, whisk the sugar and eggs together in a large bowl until they are thoroughly combined and a pale colour. Pour in the melted chocolate and mix gently.
Step 3: Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and fold. Chop up the 100g of chocolate orange and stir in.
Step 4: Pour the brownie mixture into a tin lined with baking paper. Bake for around 40-50 minutes – do check them if you know your oven is quite fierce (mine isn’t) but be patient, as these take a while to cook through! They should have a slight wobble, be crisp on the top and have risen a little. Cool completely in the tin then cut up and keep in an airtight container. Yuuuuuuuuuummmmmmm.
These brownies are incredibly rich, slightly chewy round the edges and nice and crispy on top – what’s not to like? A VERY indulgent but wonderfully chocolaty gift or rainy day treat. If you like you can use dark chocolate, or maybe even white chocolate/with popping candy/bacon flavoured (that one is made up) Terry’s oranges – experiment or just use the one you like best. Even though I’m a huge dark chocolate fan, I love the original milk chocolate, but then the popping candy is fun…and the white chocolate version would be pretty awesome in these brownies I reckon…in short, they’re all delicious. Many thanks, Terry.
Source: BBC Good Food, ‘Chocolate Orange Brownies’, with a few of my own alterations based on personal preference and comments from other bakers on the page, so thanks reviewers of the world for those. And of course thanks to my wonderful boyfriend, who effectively inspired this post by hanging around long enough for there to be cause for celebration – and therefore baking! Who says you have to choose between love and chocolate?!