Take a Look at these gorgeous Terry’s Chocolate Orange Brownies. All the rich, sticky wonder of a regular brownie, with added orange flavour. Topped with Chocolate Orange Segments for the perfect festive chocolatey treat.Jump to Recipe
I LOVE Brownies. I hate it when you buy them from a store and they’re basically dense chocolate cake. Brownies should be moist and sticky. They should stick to your teeth and give you an unbearably sexy smile. The tops should crack like paper and the middles should never be overcooked. The best brownies are messy and so rich that you’d feel sick if you ate two. Perfect!
One of my favourite things about baking brownies is that once you’ve found a recipe that works for you (and your oven – these things are temperamental!) you can add things to it! It’s easy to add some mint or some chocolate chips for extra texture. You can add raspberries or other fruit, which is just yum, and at this time of the year, you can add Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Because at this time of the year, frankly, you need to be adding Terry’s Chocolate Orange to everything!
How to Make Chocolate Orange Brownies
Of course, you can add Chocolate Orange Segments (don’t have to be Terry’s, Aldi’s pouches are fab!) to the tops without actually making your brownies orange flavour. I make my brownies orange too though because they are awesome.
You have got a few different options when it comes to making Chocolate Orange Brownies. I melt down 150g of Terry’s Chocolate Orange with 150g of Dark chocolate. I also add the zest and juice of 1 large orange. Lots of orangey goodness.
Alternatively, you could skip the juice and zest and instead add 1tsp of orange extract. You could even skip the chocolate orange, use 300g of dark chocolate and with juice and zest, or extract. As long as it’s got some orange in there, it will work. I prefer using orange chocolate and fresh juice personally, but extract works well in a pinch.
Can You Make Brownies with Milk Chocolate?
I’ve heard a lot of people say that no, you can’t make brownies with milk chocolate, and you should always use dark. Some will even tell you that you need a high cocoa content for a good brownie.
To an extent, this is true. If you want a super-rich and intense flavour, high cocoa dark chocolate is the best. But, I’ve made my Chocolate Orange Brownies with cheap Aldi own milk chocolate, and they still taste great. Not as rich, but certainly not bad. Use dark if you’ve got it, but don’t feel like you can’t make a batch of brownies if you haven’t. Milk chocolate brownies are yummy!
How to Melt the Chocolate
Now, something else that I’m a maverick with. Most recipes will tell you to melt your chocolate slowly in the microwave, or in a mixing bowl over a small pan of simmering water, Bain Marie style. But, I don’t have a microwave and every time I put a mixing bowl over that pan I melt the bleeping thing to it and we end up in a right pickle. I melt my chocolate over a low heat in a small saucepan. Just be careful and it’s fine! As soon as most of it has melted, remove it from the heat and stir until all of the lumps have smoothed out. Melt your chocolate however you find it easiest.
Adding Chocolate Orange Segments to the Top
If you add your chocolate orange bits too soon, they’ll totally melt, or sink, and it just won’t look pretty. It’ll still taste awesome. I add mine for the last 5 minutes of baking, once the top is already set. But, you could add them after baking, as soon as you remove the brownies from the oven, and they’d still be hot enough to melt the bottom of the segments, securing them in place. Again, up to you. Do what feels right!
Another alternative is bashing up some chocolate orange chunks and string them into the brownie mix, for more chocolate orange chip brownies. Also, fab, but I prefer a smoother texture to my brownies.
Other Festive Recipes
Can you get chocolate orange all year now? I think you probably can, but I still always associate them with Christmas, don’t you? They are perfect for Christmas baking, especially, if like me, you don’t like Christmas cake or pudding.
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Chocolate Orange Brownies
- 200 g Butter
- 150 g Milk Chocolate
- 1 Terry’s Chocolate Orange (or 150g other orange chocolate)
- 200 g Caster Sugar
- 4 Medium eggs
- 1 Large Orange – Zest and Juice
- 225 g Plain Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 40 g Cocoa
To Decorate (optional):
- 1 Terry’s Chocolate Orange (Or 20 Chocolate orange segments)
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and grease and line a deep baking tin
- Melt the milk and orange chocolate with the butter, set to one side
- Whisk together the sugar and eggs for about 5 minutes, until so thick a trail is left when you lift the whisk
- Gently fold in the melted chocolate with the orange juice and zest, taking care not to beat out too much air
- Sift in the flour, baking powder and cocoa and stir until even
- Pour into the baking tray, spreading evenly
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes
- Remove from the oven and add 20 segments of chocolate orange, in neat lines (5×4)
- Return to the oven and bake for 5 more minutes
- Remove from the oven and cool in the tray for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack
- Slice between the segments for neat brownies