Chocolate? Yes. Brownies? Yes. Orange? Yes! Soooo if all of these things are a yes then whyyy not make some chocolate orange brownies?! When I found out I was dairy intolerant I thought it was going to be goodbye to all of these amazing recipes but it’s definitely not and I am super happy about this. Obviously the ingredients and recipe is all dairy free and it doesn’t taste any different so you can of course recreate these orrr you can use the non dairy free alternatives – it’s entirely personal preference. For my dairy free chocolate, I used 35g bars which you can buy in Asda and I recently found they do them in chocolate orange flavour, so a bonus for this recipe! This means where I have suggested an amount of bars, it is based on these ones.
- 195g dairy free butter
- 195g dairy free dark/milk chocolate (about 6 bars)
- 4 medium eggs
- 275g caster sugar
- 90g plain flour
- 30g cocoa powder
- Zest of 1 large orange
- 297g dairy free chocolate orange (about 8.5 bars)
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a tin with grease proof paper and butter. It doesn’t really matter which tin you use, but I chose one like in the picture for some reason so that’s my recommendation! Obviously the depth of the one you choose may effect the cooking time.
Step 2: Melt together the butter and the dark/milk chocolate. The best way to do this is in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. It’ll take a while purely because of the amount so be patient. Once it is melted leave it to one side to cool to room temperature.
Step 3: Once the chocolate mixture is a lot cooler you can start getting everything ready to put together. You don’t want to start this step too early because you need the chocolate mixture to be cool. So, whisk together the eggs and the sugar for a few minutes to get some air in. It will look slightly lighter in colour and go a bit thicker when it is done and ready.
Step 4: When whisked, pour the cooled chocolate mix over the egg mixture and fold together carefully. This takes some patience again, you don’t want to rush it because you’ll knock all of the air out of the eggs and you just spent the time getting them light and fluffy! You’ll feel it get thicker as it all incorporates.
Step 5: Once completely combined, sift in the cocoa powder and plain flour. Add in the orange zest and fold it all together again – being careful one again! This is not the time to be heavy handed and impatient – sorry.
Step 6: Fold through the chocolate orange chunks – for these I literally broke up all of the pieces of the bar and then randomly chopped them up, it really wasn’t a neat and tidy thing. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin, level out and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Once it is baked, leave it to cool in the tin and then tip it out. This reduce the chance of it breaking.
(Checking if brownies are cooked is a difficult one unfortunately and isn’t like cakes when you want a skewer to be clean when removed. You want to pop a skewer in a few places and ideally you want there to be no wet batter left on it but it may pull out some of the brown colour – keep in mind to do it over a few places because if you put the skewer in a chocolate chunk you’ll just get melted chocolate on it!)
Then once they are all cool and you’ve taken them out of the tin you can cut them up however you want. They are quite chocolate-y so you don’t necessarily want massive pieces so I went for small-ish squares. These are possibly one of my favourite things I have baked and I have found it quite hard not to continually eat, eat and eat! The orange taste is stronger once the brownies are cooled so don’t panic if you eat them warm and they don’t seem to taste too orange-y!
Mmmm, after writing this up I need to go and make some more to eat, my mouth is literally watering at the thought!! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and it’s a definite for you to try! Give my blog a like and a follow for lots more yummy recipes and everything else I like to write about! Have an amazing week you lovely lot!