I boldly claimed last week that I was going to try and cut back on sugar this year. Thirteen days in I can honestly say I have failed spectacularly. These brownies were an attempt to shift some of the excess pile of leftover Christmas sweets out of my house in the form of a quick dessert for a dinner party.
The dark brown sugar makes the brownies rich which is cut by the hint of orange. It may feel like you are underbaking them, as they come out of the oven still slightly soft but that is what makes them fudgey and sticky.
Maybe next week I will do better with my no sugar resolution. Here’s hoping!
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makes 6-8 recipe by Jennifer Brown
85g unsalted butter
1 tbsp fresh orange juice
zest of ½ a large orange (like a navel)
100g dark soft brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
90g plain flour
¼ tsp baking powder
60g Terry’s Chocolate Orange or other orange flavoured chocolate, roughly chopped
¼ tsp flaked sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 170C fan, and grease and line a small tin, mine was a pyrex one measuring 13cm by 18cm.
- In a small pan over a low heat melt the butter. Whisk in the cocoa powder - you may need to sieve it first to remove any lumps. When smooth stir through the orange juice.
- In a bowl whisk together the egg, vanilla and sugar until slightly frothy. Pour in the chocolate mixture and whisk.
- Using a wooden spoon stir through the flour, baking powder and half the chopped chocolate. You don’t want to over stir here, just mix enough to just combine the batter, so all the flour is mixed in.
- Pour into your lined tray and flatten out with the back of a spoon. Scatter the rest of the chocolate over the top, and press each piece down lightly so it’s firmly stuck in the batter.
- From a height sprinkle over the sea salt, crushing it between your thumb and finger as you do it so you don’t end up with any large flakes.
- Place in the oven for 17 minutes. It is ready when the top is firm, but an inserted skewer still comes out covered in batter.
- Allow to cool before you slice.