Mocha Orange Brownies

Here we are again, right up at the end of the month and no recipe posted! Panic! Then these brownies caught my eye; mm chocolate and orange, and with the added attraction of not requiring a shopping trip for ingredients.

Normally I’m happy with my regular brownies, recipe refined over the years, but these sounded so yummy (and easy! One pan – win!) that I had to give them a try. They’re also completely different to my usual sort, using cocoa/coffee instead of melted choc.

As usual, I’ve converted the amounts and/or fiddled the ingredients to be UK-friendly.

Ingredients:
150g butter
65g cocoa
1 tsp instant coffee granules
200g sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
110g flour
100g dark choc chips
1 tsp orange zest*

(* My oranges refused to cooperate so I substituted a tsp of orange extract.)

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease/flour a brownie pan.
2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat.
3. Stir in the coffee and cocoa and mix well to dissolve. Take a moment to inhale in bliss.
4. Stir in the sugar, then the eggs one at a time. Be prepared to stir hard; the mixture will seize in a worrying way. I added a half-handful of the flour between eggs to prevent what I feared might be scrambling.
5. Stir in vanilla and give it a good mix.
6. Stir in the flour, chocolate chips and orange. Take another moment to stand and sniff. Yum.
7. Spread the gloriously dark, gooey batter in the prepared pan and bake for ~30 mins. (25 in a fan oven did the job nicely).
8. Let cool in the pan. (Hah!) Sift a little icing sugar over the top to serve.

Batter in the panI used an 8×8 pan and worried that it might be overfull, but it turned out fine, it’s not a big riser.

Brownie on a plate

Verdict:
Fudgy and squishy and very rich. Definitely a keeper, well suited for serving with ice cream as a last-minute omg-I-forgot dessert. Extra bonus points for ease of assembly and using ingredients you likely have on hand.

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