Orange Chocolate Brownies

Alex is a chocoholic! When we go out for dinner I know just by a quick glance at the desert menu which desert my husband will choose…either something with the words “death by chocolate” in it or chocolate brownies. Again thank you mum for the plethora of recipes…there were several types of chocolate brownie recipes but this one caught my eye as it uses dark chocolate (another favourite in our household) and orange rind. These brownies were nice and easy to make and not too sweet because of the dark choc. I served them initially with ice cream (make sure to serve them warmed up, these brownies are not meant to be eaten cold). Then the second time we had them I made my granny’s very famous chocolate sauce – which you can find the link to here. These brownies are rich and full of flavour, so one was more than enough per serving followed by some freshly brewed (decaf I’m ashamed to admit) coffee.

Ingredients:

  • 200g margarine
  • 200g dark chocolate (I used a mix of lindt’s 75% and 80% cocoa chocolate)
  • 50g chopped pecan nuts
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • Grated rind from 1 orange
  • 125ml cocoa
  • 160ml all purpose baking flour
  • 5ml baking powder
  • 250ml caster sugar
  • 4 eggs – whisked into submission 🙂

 

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  1. Melt the chocolate and the margarine in the microwave. Make sure you don’t boil the chocolate and marg, you want there to still be a few chunks that you can stir away when you take the bowl out of the microwave.
  2. Add the grated rind, the cranberries and nuts
  3. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, cocoa and caster sugar
  4. Combine the two mixtures and stir into a chocolaty paste
  5. Whisk the eggs until light and frothy and fold into the chocolate mixture
  6. Pour into a greased dish and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 30-40minutes2017-09-16 08.28.13
  7. Remove from oven and cut into squares before serving with ice cream or chocolate sauce

 

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Looks like my love for chocolate baking started young! haha – Thanks Ma!

 

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