Best Chocolate Orange Brownies

Chocolate Orange Brownies
My husband and son have been asking me to make brownies for some time. I had been hesitating because <ahem> I hadn’t actually ever made brownies before except once from a mix a very, very long time ago. In fact, I don’t remember making brownies when I was a little girl and I don’t remember my late mom making them either. So I was very intrigued when I found a recipe for Best Chocolate Brownies in her recipe box. The recipe is scribbled on a piece of scrap paper in handwriting I don’t recognise. It was ripe for adaptation and as I’ve been thinking about Christmas, a chocolate orange combination immediately sprang to mind.

I have treasured memories of the Terry’s Chocolate Orange I always found in the toe of my stocking on Christmas morning. I used to eat one or two delicious segments a day in an attempt to make this annual treat last as long as possible. My husband couldn’t get over how much I treasured these treats and how amazed I was at how easily available they were in the shops in the UK at Christmastime. Santa must not have known about this back then as he used to have a great deal of trouble sourcing chocolate oranges when I was a little girl in Canada.  I certainly never remember seeing them in a shop like one does today.

Chocolate Orange Brownies
My Best Chocolate Orange Brownies incorporate both dark and milk chocolate as well as orange flavouring and rind for a rich, deep chocolatey flavour enhanced with a refreshing orange hit. You can use either orange flavouring or orange flower water and I have used dried orange rind as well as freshly grated.

After several test batches, I would say the most important thing with these brownies is to bake them enough but not too much. You want that gorgeous squidgy interior but the outside should have a bit of texture. My favourites are the pieces from the edge of the pan because they are gorgeously chewy. Another tip – use a whisk and a wooden spoon to make my Best Chocolate Orange Brownies, not an electric mixer. It gives a better texture.

Slice the brownies as you need them so that they stay fresher longer. Well covered (and well hidden) my Best Chocolate Orange Brownies will keep at room temperature for up to three days, although you will be lucky if they last that long! Perfect with a glass of milk or nice hot cup of tea or coffee, they are the treats that cold winter afternoons are made for!

Chocolate Orange Brownies

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Best Chocolate Orange Brownies
 
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Incorporating both dark and milk chocolate as well as orange flavouring gives these brownies a deep chocolate flavour and a refreshing orange hit.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 to 15 brownies
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids), chopped (I use dark chocolate chips)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract/flavouring or orange blossom water
  • the grated rind of 1 orange or 1 teaspoon dried or powdered grated orange rind
  • 1 cup plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) milk chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
  3. In a bain marie or a saucepan over very low heat, melt the dark chocolate with the butter, stirring constantly. Set aside to cool.
  4. Beat the eggs and sugar together well with a whisk.
  5. Stir in the chocolate and butter mixture with a wooden spoon.
  6. Add the orange flavouring.
  7. Mix the orange rind with the flour.
  8. Add the flour gradually to the chocolate mixture, folding it in gently but thoroughly with the wooden spoon.
  9. Pour into the prepared baking pan.
  10. Sprinkle the milk chocolate chips evenly over top.
  11. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centre comes out virtually clean (the center should still be a bit squidgy).
  12. Cool completely before cutting into squares to serve.

My Best Chocolate Orange Brownies taste amazing with a scoop of Blood Orange Ice Cream.

Shared with Treasure Box Tuesday, Simple Supper Tuesday, Inspire Me Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, Weekend Bites, Foodie Friday

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Article by April Harris

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Comments

  1. Yes! A Terry’s Chocolate Orange is an absolutely essential part of Christmas. I love how their instructions say to “Tap and Unwrap” but it always needed a really hefty thwack for even one segment to detach 😉

  2. I love a good chocolate orange, as well as a good brownie, yet I rarely buy or bake either. I’m definitely going to try out this recipe!

  3. Orange and chocolate are always a great combo, and your brownies look so decadent April.

  4. I so love the pairing of orange and chocolate which I’m certain make your brownies positively addicting!

  5. These brownies look absolutely amazing! No one would ever guess that these are the result of your first ever attempt! I totally agree with you on the Terrys chocolate oranges. They are fantastic! I have actually made brownies from them and they are lovely. My honey is from Ireland so he is very used to being able to walk into a store and buying choc oranges – that’s a definite not happening here in NZ, we can only buy them at Christmas time. And for $15 EACH!

    • Thank you so much, Nicole! Your brownies sound amazing too! Wow, $15 each for Terry’s Chocolate Oranges – that’s a lot of money. I remember they were very expensive in Canada too. I feel so lucky to be able to get them so easily.

  6. I’d never made brownies before until very recently either 🙂 I wasn’t quite as fortunate as you to find a recipe in my mum’s recipe box (she never baked) but luckily there’s plenty of great recipes online!! Your brownies look amazing- I’m loving how much choc chips you put on the top!! I’m guessing they didn’t last for too long 😉

  7. These look so chocolatey good April! 🙂

  8. I love the combo orange-chocolate. Your brownie looks very yummy, April! I keep the recipe in mind for later 🙂

  9. Love the orange and chocolate combination.. I need to make brownies soon..

  10. Oh, April, I can’t tell you the weakness I have for the chocolate/orange combination. And just 2 days ago, I was telling my daughter about the chocolate oranges I loved to get at Christmas, and where were they?? 🙂 The way they came apart in segments always delighted me (and the segments were embossed to look more realistic!). Thank you for sharing these gorgeous brownies with us at Treasure box Tuesday- pinned! ♥

  11. Diane Balch says:

    Brownies are something my daughter makes often but orange will really make them more interesting. Pinned. Thanks for bringing this to Weekend Bites. We will be live tonight 8:30 EST. Happy Thanksgiving.

  12. YUM these looks amazing! Perfect for a gathering.

  13. OMG yes!!! I still get a Terry’s chocolate orange in my stocking every year and totally look forward to it, even as I’m eating less sweets nowadays. In the meantime, I’ve gotta try these brownies, they look so moist and delicious!!!

    • Terry’s Chocolate Orange is such a stocking tradition! I really do love them. I must admit they were what I was thinking of when I made these brownies, Taylor!

  14. I love chocolate and orange and never thought to combine them into a brownie. Mind blown!

  15. This looks delicious! I love orange with chocolate! Thanks for sharing it!

  16. This sounds like a really good combination with the orange extract! Looks delicious 🙂

  17. Hi April,
    I love the combination of Chocolate and Orange. Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen