White chocolate and orange brownies

White chocolate and orange brownies

I’m making a big claim here but this is the best brownie recipe in the world. Ever.

I’m not sure where it originally came from as it is the recipe I was brought up on and is written in my mums recipe file. As it’s so old it’s only in ounces but I’ve converted it to grams for you too for ease. I’ve also adjusted it over the years (when it comes to brownies more is always more) as I worked out how I like it best.

This isn’t a really dark chocolatey brownie that you can only eat a tiny piece of before you feel sick. Using drinking chocolate instead of cocoa makes it wonderfully light. The star of the show is the orange so don’t leave it out. It’s just not the same without it.

This amount makes 12 reasonably sized pieces but on hungry days I’ve definitely demolished a quarter in a sitting and I totally wouldn’t judge you for doing the same.

Ingredients

  • 170g/6oz butter
  • 340g/12oz caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • Grated rind if 2-4 oranges (I like 4!)
  • 170g/6oz plain flour
  • 110g/4oz good quality drinking chocolate (I always use Cadbury’s)
  • 2 level tsp baking powder
  • 200g white chocolate

Method

  1. Line and grease a 20cm x 25cm/8 inch x 10 inch tin. Set oven to 180 degrees fan/gas mark 4.
  2. Melt the butter over a low heat in a pan, stirring continuously to make sure it doesn’t burn. Take off the heat and leave it to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs, vanilla essence and orange rind.
  4. Sieve the flour, drinking chocolate and baking powder together. Add gradually to the mixing bowl and mix until there are no lumps.
  5. Break the chocolate into chunks about 1cm big and mix in.
  6. Pour into the tin and bake for 30 minutes. This gives a slightly underdone, gooey texture so bake for 5 mins more if you want it more cakey.
  7. Use those oranges to make orange juice and serve up!

If you make this (and you totally should) please tag me in it. I’d love to see your bakes!

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