Chocolate Orange Brownies

Every once in awhile, I realise that I really need to start baking with the stuff that I had previously bought when browsing through the grocery story – you know, the stuff that I pick up because it’s different or cute or because I assume that I’ll come up with something to use it.  And every once in awhile, I just browse through it (normally because we’re running out of space.)  And when I was looking at my shelf last week, I saw these Lindt chocolate orange balls.  And it only took a few seconds before I thought, chocolate orange brownies.  While chocolate orange is apparently a flavour that is associated with Christmas, I think it’s perfect for the unexpectedly cold and rainy season that we’ve been having here in London (summer is officially over, even though August isn’t!)  They were a massive hit at Beardy Fiance’s office, which is always a good sign.

Chocolate Orange Brownies (adapted from my favourite brownie recipe, provided to me by The Velvet Moon Baker)

Ingredients:

175g orange chocolate (use what tickle your fancy, from the posh dark orange stuff to the cheap store brand milk chocolate orange one)

175g unsalted butter

3 large eggs

250g caster sugar

1 teaspoon orange extract

75g plain flour

40g cocoa powder

1 box Lindt chocolate oranges

1 chocolate orange

IngredientsMix together eggs with sugar.  Mix in orange extract.

Mix together eggs with sugarMelt together chocolate and butter and mix in the chocolate mixture.  Sift in dry ingredients.  Place half of the brownie mixture in a greased baking tray.

Place half of the brownie mixture in a greased baking trayLay out the Lindt chocolate balls, with chocolate orange slices in between.

Lay out the Lindt chocolate balls, with chocolate orange slices in betweenPour the other half of the brownie mixture over top.  Bake at 170C for about 45 minutes (until a knife comes out clean.)  Although the Lindt chocolate will never totally solidify, it makes a nice melty layer.  Slice, making sure each bit gets some melted chocolate

Chocolate Orange Brownies

 

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