Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Dark Chocolate and Orange Brownies.

I love cookery books. I rarely cook new things exactly how the recipes say but I love getting ideas as to what ingredients go together and then winging it a bit with the things we have in the house. I love the pictures too and many of my books have been thumbed through in bed at night just to admire the photos!

Sian was going through one of our books last week and found a recipe that she wanted to make. It was a twist on a classic brownie recipe involving orange peel. We made it that day and it was so good! It was eaten all too quickly and I have been wanting to make it again ever since.

Today we had to bake for a school cake stall that Rhiannon's class are running tomorrow. Unfortunately for the school kids walnuts are off the menu because of all the nut allergies so I made some simple chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles on top. Once the kitchen was a mess it seemed a shame not to take full advantage and make another batch of brownies.

It is a very simple recipe so I thought I would blog it. Let me know if you try it out or if you come up with a variation of your own that works...

Dark Chocolate and Orange Brownies.

200 grams of Butter
150 grams of Dark Chocolate
4 large Eggs
1 1/2 cups of Sugar
2 teaspoons of Vanilla Essence
The rind of three Oranges
1 1/2 cups of Walnuts
1 cup of Plain Flour

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees

Place the dark chocolate and the butter into a bowl and microwave until just melted and mix well until smooth.

Place eggs into a different bowl. Use a vegetable peeler to remove a thin layer of rind off the 3 oranges. Place the rind in with the eggs and use a hand held blender to whizz the mixture so that the rind is processed into tiny pieces. Add the sugar, vanilla essence and walnuts.

Pour the melted butter and chocolate mixture in and stir until combined.

Sift the plain flour into the mixture and fold in gently being careful not to over mix.

Pour the mixture into a flat lined baking tray (ours was 40x28cm)

Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins. Remove the baking tray from the oven and allow to cool. Cut the large gooey chocolate slab into smaller squares and sprinkle icing sugar over to decorate. Allow your children to eat only the edges and keep all the delicious middle part for yourself and your friends!

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