In Season Recipe: Blood Orange and Almond Chocolate Brownies

blood orange and almond chocolate brownies

Celebrate blood orange season with our zesty blood orange and almond chocolate brownies. From their deep crimson juices to the distinct sweet-tart flavour, what's not to love about this gorgeous fruit? You're only six steps away from treating your taste buds with these rich yet light and fudgy brownies.

Ingredients

  • 150g butter
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 120g dark chocolate (I used Green & Blacks blood orange and almond chocolate bar for additional texture, it also contains blood orange oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 70g cocoa powder
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • Zest from 2 blood oranges
  • Juice from 1 blood orange
  • 2 eggs

Method

Preheat the oven to 165C and line a 23cm square baking tray

  1. In a non-stick saucepan, melt the butter, sugars, chocolate and vanilla essence until combined and slightly thickened - you want it so that only some of the sugar has dissolved. Leave the mixture to cool, stirring occasionally to dissipate some of the heat.
  2. In a large bowl combine the cocoa powder, flour, ground almonds, baking powder and most of the orange zest (leave some of the zest for decoration.)
  3. Whisk the eggs on a high speed until blended. Reduce the speed and add the melted chocolate mix, pouring down the side of bowl to allow the mix to cool and not scramble the eggs.
  4. Mix for a further minute on high before stopping to add the blood orange juice and cocoa powder mix in full. Mix on a low speed until completely incorporated.
  5. Pour into the prepared tin and smooth with a spatula. Cook in a preheated oven for 35 minutes, until firm to touch.
  6. Remove from the tin after 10 minutes and leave to cool before cutting into squares and sprinkling over the remaining blood orange zest.
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