Triple Choc Orange Brownies

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Chocolate + orange = pure joy!

Yes, I love this flavour combination… add in a bit of chew factor and I am in my happy place. If you share my love of chewy, chocolatey, orangey goodness, then this brownie recipe is going to be right up your street.
One word of warning, however, this recipe is dangerously quick and easy!

Note – this recipe uses orange extract. I use Nielsen-Massey orange extract, available in Sainsburys and Asda.

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The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 110g (4oz) butter
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 50g (2oz) light soft brown sugar
  • 35g (1.5oz) cocoa powder
  • 50g (2oz) self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp orange extract
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 100g bar of white chocolate, chopped roughly into chunks
  • a couple of handfuls of chocolate chips
Method
Heat the oven to 170°C (fan oven) / 180°C (conventional oven) and line a brownie tin with greaseproof paper.
In a large heavy-based non-stick saucepan melt the butter, then add the two sugars and stir on low heat for 1 minute.
Remove pan from the heat and add in the eggs, flour, cocoa powder, orange extract and orange zest, and stir until all ingredients are combined.
Add chopped white chocolate and stir through.
Pour mixture in to the tin, sprinkle with chocolate chips, then put on the middle shelf of your oven for 15 – 20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
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Remove from the oven and leave in tin until completely cool, and then cut into little slabs of brownie heaven!
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Bluebasil Brownies – The Perfect Gift Through The Post

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I love chocolate, and I love receiving mail, so I was over the moon to receive this beautifully presented box full of fudgy, chocolatey goodness last week.

I first heard of Bluebasil Brownies through Twitter a couple of years ago, and instantly thought… what a great gift idea! A lot of my friends are spread throughout England, Scotland and Ireland, so am always on the lookout for unique gifts that are easily posted.
I have sent Bluebasil Brownies as gifts to several of my friends now. Each time I was met with raving reviews from their recipients, however I had never received a box of brownies myself!

A thoughtful message from a good friend

A thoughtful message from a good friend

Thankyou Kara-Lyn for being incredibly lovely and thoughtful in sending me this wonderful box of treats… the perfect pick-me-up when I was feeling a little run down!

Beautifully packaged box of brownies

Beautifully packaged box of brownies

Inside this box, was a selection of 6 flavours from Bluebasil Brownies… classic chunky chocolate, chunky white chocolate, cardamom, hazelnut, coffee & walnut, and chocwork orange.

At this point, I have to own up to some poor blogger behaviour… I forgot to take a photo of all the flavours before I dug in!!! I can only put it down to the deliciousness of the brownies distracting me!

For me, the Chocwork Orange Brownie is my favourite. Chocolate & orange is one of my favourite flavour combinations,  and this brownie reminds me of a beautiful chocolate orange mousse my Mother used to make.

I also adore the classic chunky chocolate, and the chunky white chocolate… Those chunks of chocolate amongst the smooth fudgy rich brownie are a delight!

Classic Chunky Chocolate Brownie and  Cardamom Brownie

Classic Chunky Chocolate Brownie and Cardamom Brownie

I passed the nut brownies on to my good friend Alex to try, as I am not a huge fan of nuts, and Mr Hungry Squirrel is allergic to nuts. Here’s what Alex had to say –

Really fudgy and chocolatey with just the right amount of nuts. Just gutted I had to share them with my other half!

I can thoroughly recommend Bluebasil Brownies as the perfect gift to send to your loved ones.
They have a shelf life of around 21 days from dispatch if kept in an airtight container in the fridge, although I would be surprised if you managed to keep them that long before gobbling them up!

Triple Chocolate & Raspberry Brownies

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So, we are still waiting for Baby Squirrel to make an appearance…
Yesterday I was 2 days overdue, and felt the urge for some comfort food… what better than a super indulgent, moist and fudgy chocolate brownie!

I love chocolate, and there are days when I just can’t decide if I want dark, milk or white, so triple chocolate seems like the perfect solution. The addition of raspberries cuts through the richness of the chocolate nicely and, for me, chocolate and raspberry is a winning flavour combination, which I have enjoyed before with the Heavenly Chocolate & Raspberry Cake.

Everyone, keep your fingers crossed that these indulgent brownies give Baby Squirrel a little nudge to get a move on, as we can’t wait to meet him/her!

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The Recipe

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 250g butter
  • 400g soft light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 140g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 170g raspberries
  • 100g white chocolate chips/chunks
Topping/Decoration

  • 100g melted white chocolate

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C.
Grease and line a 20cm x 30cm baking tray with baking parchment.

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Break up the dark and milk chocolate into small pieces and put in a pan along with the butter and sugar and gently melt, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
Remove from the heat, and allow to cool to room temperature.

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Stir in the beaten eggs, one by one, into the melted chocolate mixture.
Sieve over the flour and cocoa, and stir in.
Fold in the raspberries, and then the white chocolate chips/chunks and pour into the prepared baking tray.

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Bake on the middle shelf for 25 – 30 minutes.
I like my brownies to be a moist/fudgy consistency, so 25 minutes was about right for me.
Stick a toothpick or a skewer into the center of the pan. There should be moist crumbs clinging to the toothpick when removed. If you see smears of raw batter, keep baking.

Allow to cool to room temperature, and then drizzle with the melted white chocolate.
Pop in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour to allow the white chocolate drizzle to set, and then cut into squares.

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Enjoy!

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.