Chocolate & orange fudge squares

Chocolate & orange fudge squares

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins Plus cooling


Makes 15
Rich chocolate brownies with a light, carrot cake-style orange topping

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen without topping

Nutrition: per square

  • kcal289
  • fat16g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars27g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.37g
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  • 200g plain chocolate, broken into cubes (we used Bournville)
  • 200g dark muscovado sugar
  • 175g butter, plus extra for greasing



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  • 3 egg, separated



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  • 140g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest 1 orange



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For the topping

  • 200g tub soft cheese (I used Philadelphia Extra Light)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g icing sugar


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a traybake tin, 23 x 23cm or thereabouts. Put the chocolate, sugar and butter in a pan, then heat very gently for about 5 mins, stirring every min until the butter and chocolate have melted. Leave to cool for 10 mins. Beat in the egg yolks, flour, vanilla and half the orange zest.

  2. Put the egg whites into a large, very clean bowl, then whisk until they stand up in peaks. Stir ¼ of the whites into the chocolate mix to loosen it, then carefully fold in the rest with a metal spoon. Pour the mix into the tin, then bake for 25 mins or until evenly risen and just firm to the touch. Cool in the tin, then cut into squares. Can be frozen for up to 1 month.

  3. Beat together the cheese, vanilla, sugar and remaining zest until smooth. Spread over each chocolate square and serve. If you’re making ahead, spread the topping over just before serving.

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Comments (22)

KochinVeronica's picture


FamilyH's picture

Mmmm! Added orange juice to the icing mix and turned out lovely! Needed 15-20 minutes to cook, not 25. Otherwise easy to make and went down well with everyone. Definitely a recipe to make again!

mkellas's picture

These brownies are amazing! I changed it slightly by using thorntons mini fudge pieces & white chocolate chunks instead of the orange zest & they turned out really gooey! These went down really well & will definitely make loads more.

tessa_zobel777's picture

It looks good, but with the "philadelphia cheese" it would "never" satisfy my European taste!

cjhrecipes's picture

Can I make a much bigger traybake quantity, by adjusting the amounts, or won't it work in a large tray???
Any suggestions welcome, as I need to make something like this in big trays,
Caroline x

sereynolds's picture

Yum - easy to whip up on a Friday night ready for morning coffee on Saturday! Went down a treat and the orange was a nice change from the straight chocolate!

lizzysempill's picture

Was really yummy.

levislevis's picture

just a thought, alix and and alison, when you let the chocolate cool before adding in the eggs did you maybe leave it too long. you normally just let it cool abit so the eggs don't scramble when added to the hot chocolate. but if you leave too long it would start to stiffen......well it might explain the problems

eleanormayo's picture

love chocolate and orange combinations! Be careful not to overvcook as the gooeyier, the better!

maartjevdm's picture

I've made these brownies about ten times and everybody always raves about them. I have made some slight changes to the recipe. First of all the amount of butter is way to much so I use about 75-100 g butter, furthermore I don't add zest to the mixture and also leave out the topping (prefer mine plain or with icecream). But I do add chopped pecan nuts. Lastly I alway bake them slightly longer then recommended (about 30-35 min). Oh and it is important that the tray you use isn't to deep because then it willn't cook in the middle and become dry on the outside

mirena10's picture

Delicious and easy to make! My family liked it a lot.
Next time I might add a little less sugar and try the topping with mascarpone instead of Philadelphia light.

alisonschenkl's picture

I had the same problem as Alix. I'm not exactly going to give Delia a run for her money, but normally things turn out fine. However, in this case as soon as I had the mixture together it turned into a greasy lump. Have to say they still tasted ok and nothing was wasted, but what are we doing wrong? Apart from that, easy recipe (although I'm obviously not doing it right). Anybody have any ideas? Thanks.

marie5763's picture

Really easy to make, I used morrisons own soft cheese which was over half the price cheaper than philidelphia and it was lovely, and very refreshing. would highly recommend

helenl04's picture

Just made these, in no time at all! Delicious and Fabulous.
I left out the orange zest, as I don't like choc orange flavour, and haven't bothered with the topping. Just a sprinkling of cocoa.

I cut mine into 12 pieces. With no topping, it is still only 295 calories and 17g fat. So not too bad for a huge slice of yummy chocolatiness!

linkevica's picture

nice and quick

barrattcj's picture

These brownies are delicious and we used them for a birthday cake by putting a candle in each brownie.
(from Anna cjsrecipes daughter.)

barrattcj's picture

These were really delicious and easy to make. Lovely gooey texture! We also did not bother with topping as they are delicious as they are.

testtubeboy's picture

super, and pretty easy. The muscovado sugar gives it such a lovely gooey texture that seems to get better after a day or so, but I didnt bother with the icing, I just sprinkled the zest on the to when they cam out of the oven.

jap121's picture

These work really well every time I make them and I'm NOT an expert brownie-maker. To give them a bit of lift I added a teaspoon of baking powder and it makes them a little fluffier but they taste great either way. Only problem is that we eat them all in one go! PS I make them without the topping as suggested in the recipe - chocolate is all you need!


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