Chocolate orange brownies

Chocolate orange brownies

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Cuts into 12-18 squares

You know these squidgy chocolate cake squares with orange zest are going to be good!

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per square (18)

kcalories
291
protein
3g
carbs
33g
fat
16g
saturates
9g
fibre
1g
sugar
29g
salt
0.3g

Ingredients

  • 200g butter, chopped
  • 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • zest 1 large orange
  • 4 large eggs
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 100g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 100g dark chocolate orange, chopped

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 24 x 20cm brownie tin with baking parchment. Put the butter, dark chocolate and orange zest in a non-stick saucepan and very gently melt over a low heat, stirring every now and then, until smooth – take care not to overheat it. Cool.
  2. Whisk the eggs and sugar together with an electric whisk until the mixture is pale, has doubled in volume and leaves a trail when the beaters are lifted. Gently stir into the cooled chocolate mixture. Sift over the flour and cocoa, stir in, then add the orange chocolate.
  3. Pour into the lined tin and bake for 35-40 mins. Cool in the tin, then cut into squares.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2012

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llighton's picture
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Just made these using dark chocolate for melting and chopped milk chocolate orange. Husband already eaten two and will probably have another couple when I take them to my mother's for tea.

Avoid the mess of heating chocolate and butter over boiling water. A couple of minutes on fairly high in the microwave until just melted is much easier and less likely to overheat or separate.

Agree with comment below that 35 mins is plenty long enough in the oven.

Pisara's picture
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I highly recommend trying this recipe. Before doing this, I'd never made brownies in my life. I followed the recipe to the T, and the result is so yummy! The brownies were gone in 2 days, and now my boyfriend keeps supplying me with more chocolate in hopes I make this again :D

hannahsutcliffe's picture
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SO tasty! Best brownies ever, they always go down a storm. The orange twist really makes these a cut above.

emily_19's picture

I made these a few days ago for my boyfriend and I, they were delicious and had a really good texture - not dry and crumbly but not too sloppy either. I used Terry's chocolate orange instead, although cutting it up into neat chunks was tricky, which I then put into the freezer for 10 mins to stop them melting into the mixture. I also used 250g caster sugar instead, which didn't seem to alter the texture or taste, and might consider using even less sugar next time - there will definitely be a next time, although we ate all of them within 3 days, so maybe not for awhile!

drfabio's picture

Just amazing - the perfect mix of fudgy and crisp top, and incredible served warm with vanilla ice cream! I use a dark choc with crystallised orange peel instead of the dark chocolate orange, and I love the texture contrast it gives. I don't think I'll ever use another brownie recipe again!

pipsipops's picture

These brownies turned out great. The orange flavour came through really nicely and wasn't over powering and the brownies had a lovely gooey centre. Very easy to bake too. Will be making again :)

jennyhw's picture

These brownies are really delicious. We did add 3/4tsp of orange extract and used milk choc orange as this was all I had. Cooked them for 35 mins. perfect, gooey in the middle and crunchy on top. Will def make again.

Kasijay's picture
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Worked well with half milk choc and half dark, loved the orange flavour :)

ace1abi's picture
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This is a fantastically rich and gooey brownie which I can highly recommend making. The recipe is simple to follow and just to enhance the orange flavour, I added the juice of an orange to the chocolate mixture once it had cooled. Also, in the final stages a added a handful of mixed chopped nuts which I think worked really well.

zoechall's picture

Absolutely delicious! Used milk chocolate orange instead of dark and used half the amount of cocoa powder the second time I made them which I thought made them taste better. Went down a treat at home and at work - have had several requests to make them again.

Louis Hill's picture
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Served as a dessert with creme fraiche and orange segments. The brownies were moist and gooey in the centre and crunchy on top with a subtle orange tang and sumptuous chunks of bittersweet, semi-melted chocolate. Heaven!!

hannahsutcliffe's picture
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So tasty and the orange tanginess gives them something special! Easy to make and very popular - will definitely be making them again.

baresita's picture
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I haven't got much experience when it comes to baking and I tried this recipe this weekend and it worked very well! We really enjoyed it and I am willing to give it another go! It tasted fabulous! Thank you very much!

strudel's picture
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Another savoury cook here - but really like this recipe. The orange works so well and the texture was perfect.

I don't have an electric whisk, so whisking the eggs & sugar until they are 'pale, has doubled in volume and leaves a trail when the beaters are lifted' was not possible, however I did it by hand until my arm nearly fell off - the mixture looked exactly the same as when I started - but the end result was very satisfying.

I'm not convinced the electric whisk is essential.

antsburton's picture

Dessert Diva- made this last week & it's amazingly easy. All purpose flour is the same as plain flour as we use the same in NZ. Do not add baking powder. Because you beat the eggs into the sugar, you are incorporating enough air. Granulated sugar would be ok I would think.
A wonderful moist brownie, I actually used a swiss dark chocolate with orange & almond slivers -200g & 100g milk choc. 100g of the dark was chopped as per the recipe & I melted the rest with the milk choc & an olive oil spread rather than butter.
After feeding a lot of people, I have frozen the rest to use at a later date.

tia_24's picture
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Ended up making 3 batches of this over the weekend, first one didn't turn out well at all! I needed to cook it for longer than specified in the recipe but other than that it was delicious and went down well with everyone!

dessertdiva's picture

This recipe was recommended by a friend in Sweden and, being a chocolate / orange fan, I am all set to try it, but I'm in Canada and have difficulty finding castor sugar (or as it was once called here "fruit sugar"). Also, what is the difference between plain flour (UK) and all-purpose flour (Canada)? Will I need to add baking powder to the recipe?

mrscoyne's picture

Hi,
There is no difference between plain and all purpose flour. Baking powder is found in self raising flour. Hope this helps.

florencew's picture

Made these as a dessert with fresh strawberries, raspberries and ice cream. Lovely. Couldn't find dark chocolate orange so used milk instead. Great recipe.

suebri53's picture

Heaven on earth, never made cakes before easy recipe with delicious results

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