Chocolate orange brownies

Chocolate orange brownies

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(68 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 40 mins

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Cuts into 12-18 squares
You know these squidgy chocolate cake squares with orange zest are going to be good!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per square (18)

  • kcal291
  • fat16g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars29g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 200g butter, chopped



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
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    Dark chocolate

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  • zest 1 large orange



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  • 4 large eggs
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 100g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 100g dark chocolate orange, chopped
    Dark chocolate soup pots with double cream in spoons

    Dark chocolate

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  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.

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29th May, 2019
I have made these brownies several times now and they are insanely popular with all brownie lovers. My kids absolutely love them and they don’t last very long in my house. I follow the recipe exactly, baking for 40 minutes, which yields gooey, delicious treats. My go to recipe every time. I grated a little ginger instead of orange zest and swapped chocolate orange for chocolate ginger for a variation.
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Holly Philpot
27th Nov, 2018
Really love these brownies. I didn't read the recipe properly and melted the chocolate orange in with the butter and dark chocolate but it worked out fine. I cooked them for just less than half an hour and they were very gooey in the middle but that's the way I like my brownies best so I'm not complaining!
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Louise Cunningham
14th Jun, 2018
This is my go to bake for special occasions. I top with a chocolate fudge icing and mini chocolate orange segment on each piece to take it to another level.
21st Mar, 2018
Oh my goodness, I didn’t think that you could better the ‘ultimate brownies ‘ on this site but these were amazing. I couldn’t get dark orange chocolate so I used a whole Terry’s milk chocolate orange, chopped. I cooked it for 35 minuets but could really have done with 40/45 as it was extremely gooey in the middle, not that it stopped us from demolishing it between 4 of us in less than 2 days! Will definitely make again.
30th Nov, 2017
350g of sugar is INSANE. I put in 250g, and even that felt too sweet. I suggest 200g, and serve with a side of vanilla ice cream for those who might desire more sweetness. I melted butter and chocolate in the microwave to save time, and added vanilla to the final wet mix before adding flour and cocoa. I also used less cocoa than the recipe stated –– just eyeballed about a tablespoon and a half –– because, the more your dry ingredients, the less fudgy it will be. For the chopped up chocolate I used milk chocolate (not choc orange) broken into chunks (instead of dark) as I was making this for kids. But for adults I'd stick to dark choc only (doesnt have to be choc orange). I've also made this in the past with a splash of orange juice. Its a great recipe, highly recommend. Next time I'll try to make this gluten free with almond flour, and sugar-free with maple syrup. I'll also try some nut variations and see how that works.
16th Nov, 2017
One of my favourite brownie recipes, I used the orange juice to make some icing to drizzle on top too.
5th Sep, 2017
This recipe takes longer than expected to make as the chocolate must cool and so must the brownies before cutting, it's definitely worth it but be prepared for the longer time.
31st May, 2017
Absolutely my favourite brownies - I'll make them for dinner parties, to make friends with new colleagues, to take along to family barbecues... any excuse! The perfect blend of a crust on top and soft and squishy inside, and any leftovers freeze really well too!
21st Apr, 2017
These are really nice, rich brownies. I used milk choc orange as I couldn't find a dark one and it was fine. I actually made them for valentines and did icing to go on them too - this isn't needed, they're easily tasty enough on their own and the orange flavor really comes through.
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29th Jan, 2017
So tasty swapped the usual chocolate orange for Lindt orange with almond as made for Christmas treats... gave a slightly more indulgent taste


10th Sep, 2017
I have never made brownies before but tried these last night. I put them in for 32 minutes after having read the comments and they ended up quite cakey- does anyone have an idea of what I've done wrong?! Thanks!
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11th Sep, 2017
Thanks for your question. It sounds like your brownies may have been in a little too long despite only doing them for 32 mins. We'd suggest checking them 5 mins earlier if you have another go.
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22nd Aug, 2013
Anyone know how long these keep. Plus when I add the chocolate orange at the end of recipe is this also stirred in or left on top. Thanks
20th Jun, 2013
Hi, does anyone know if these brownies are OK when frozen. Thank you
23rd Jun, 2013
I too would be interested to hear if anyone has frozen these brownies and if they have remained as delicious!
31st May, 2017
Yes, they freeze great!
5th Sep, 2017
Melting the butter, chocolate and orange zest in a pan above boiling water ( similar to a bain marie ) reduces the risk of overheating the mixture :)
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