These chocolate orange brownies won’t fight off scurvy but I’m sure the Government would say you’re well on your way to one of your five a day here…..they do contain orange zest after all. Add a packet of fruit pastels and hey….new years health resolution kept. I’ve made countless amounts of brownies and all have varying textures from ‘cakey’ to ‘gooey’ but this one I would describe as ‘fudgy’ I think.
Makes, well, more than enough….(about 25 squares)
- 225g unsalted butter
- 350g plain, good chocolate chopped into chunks
- 150g walnuts (or hazelnuts)
- 4 large free range eggs
- 350g light brown muscovado sugar
- 225g plain flour, sieved
- Grated zest from 2 large oranges
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 23x32cm deep tin with parchment. Alternatively, use a few smaller tins, it just depends how thick you want the end result.
- Put the walnuts onto a baking tray and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes until fragrant
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat and once beginning to turn liquidy add the chocolate chunks and stir until melted. Put aside to cool slightly.
- Put the eggs, sugar and orange zest into a large bowl and whisk for a good 5 minutes or so until light, airy and creamy.
- Add the slightly cooled chocolate mixture into the eggs and stir to combine.
- Add the walnuts and fold in with the sieved flour.
- Pour into your prepared baking tin and bake for about 20-25 minutes until set but with a slight ‘goo’ in the middle. Allow to cool in the tin before cutting into fudgy chunks and dust with icing sugar.
Also a great gift to cunningly ply any potential life-long friends or future husbands with…………..