Chocolate orange brownies

Christmas is officially coming, my housemate has put up our tree and the air is thick with the smell of mulled wine. I happened upon this recipe when I got an unexpected invitation to my Uncle’s for Sunday dinner (thanks younger cousin for going to work without a key!) and I started to bake brownies without enough plain flour or butter. I find brownies a very forgiving recipe at the best of times; however the addition of hazelnut oil and cornflour resulted in beautiful squidgy brownies. While brownies themselves are not traditionally Christmas fayre, Terry’s Chocolate Orange is a staple Christmas treat for many UK households so I am arguing that this recipe is a Christmassy one.

This is an excellent recipe to whip up before a Christmas party to delight your friends or to make for anyone who isn’t a fan of Christmassy desserts (I for one cannot stand mixed peel!) Either way, nothing says domestic Goddess like producing these wearing a Christmas jumper, even if you were covered in flour only 30 minutes previously.

To make these brownies you will need:

200g dark chocolate

100ml hazelnut oil (or any nut oil, or vegetable oil – no olive oil!)

4 eggs

250g caster sugar

50g plain flour

50g corn flour (you could potentially make this a gluten free recipe by using 100g corn flour and no plain flour)

30g cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 Terry’s Chocolate Orange or 1 bag of mini segments

 

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Using a hand whisk whisk your eggs and sugar until they are thick enough to leave a trail of mixture when your whisk is lifted up.

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Hey sugar, how you doin’?

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Melt together your chocolate and oil using your preferred method. Leave to cool slightly.

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Fold your chocolate mix into the egg mix.

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To this sift in your flour, baking powder and cocoa powder.

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Line a tin with baking parchment and spoon in your brownie mixture. Spread it out evenly and top with your chocolate orange segments.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top has crusted and a skewer comes out almost clean.

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Serve as they are or with cream or ice cream if you desire. Top with a sprig of holly if you’re already feeling especially festive.

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