Chocolate Orange Brownies

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Looking at that photo is making me have real brownie cravings now. Unfortunately I made these last week so there are none left. Curses.

I’ve started baking more with my children recently. We’ve always baked together but now they are getting older I am letting them do more of the work that I’ve always done myself, like melting things over the heat and putting the cakes into the oven. I’m taking it in turns with each child and they get to pick what they want to make. This week was the little boys turn and he chose brownies.  I decided instead of just bog standard brownies we’d pop in some more flavour and as we’re all fans of chocolate orange that’s what we went with.

This recipe, adapted from an Annabel Karmel recipe, is perfect to knock up with your children as it’s very simple and easy for them to follow. Don’t look too hard at the ingredients list though, I think I gained an inch on my hips just reading it! Brownies really are incredibly loaded aren’t they? But that’s why they taste so good!

You might want to adjust the cooking time to suit yourself. If you like them fudgey then 30 minutes will do it but if you prefer your brownie to be more cakey then leave them for 35 minutes.

Either way, they’re delicious!

Chocolate Orange Brownies

Ingredients

225g unsalted butter
275g dark brown muscavado sugar
200g dark chocolate
Zest of 1 large orange
Juice of 1/2 orange
4 eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
110g plain flour
30g cocoa powder
1tsp baking powder
100g white chocolate chips

Method

Preheat the oven to 180c/gas mark 4. Line a brownie tin with baking parchment. You need to ensure the parchment goes up the side of the tin and overhangs the edges – this also makes it much easier to remove from the tin.

Over a saucepan of warm water on a gentle heat, melt the butter, chocolate and sugar together in a large heatproof bowl, stirring occasionally. Once melted, set the bowl of melted chocolate to one side to cool.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla, salt, orange zest and orange juice together until everything is well combined.  Take the cooled melted chocolate and whisk the egg mixture into it. Sift over the flour, cocoa and baking powder and carefully fold in before adding the white chocolate chips.

Pour the mix into the prepared brownie tin and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Once cooked, allow the brownie slab to cool in the tin before removing to a wire rack. Once cool, cut into squares.

Of course you may not want to leave it to cool because these brownies are pretty amazing eaten straight out of the oven, warm with vanilla ice-cream. I wholeheartedly recommend that. They also keep quite well and were perfect little treats for the school lunchboxes last week.

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