A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: Sweet Treats ::: Orange and Chocolate Brownies!

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09 August 2014

Sweet Treats ::: Orange and Chocolate Brownies!

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Welcome back Mia for a delicious treat this month!  You are NOT helping my hips Mia!!


Hello hello!!  This month we have a yummy treat with a zesty twist!
 I made a large amount of them as I was with friends, but it is an easy recipe to halve.

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Ingredients:

400g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
400g dark muscovado sugar
350g butter, plus extra for greasing the tins
6 eggs, separated
280g plain flour
2 tsp vanilla extract
zest 2 oranges

Method:

Firstly you need to heat your oven to 180c/ fan 160c/ gas mark 4. Butter and line 2 23x23cm tins.
Now, separate your yolks and whites.
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Now, chop up the butter and add it to a large pan along with the sugar and chocolate.
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Heat gently and stir for about 5 mins, or until the butter and chocolate have melted.
Leave to cool for 10 mins. Then beat in the egg yolks, flour, vanilla, and half the orange zest.

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Put the egg whites into a large, clean bowl and whisk until they stand up in peaks.

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Stir 1/4 of the whites into the mix to loosen it and then fold the rest in with a metal spoon.

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When combined, pour the mix in the tins.

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Bake for 25 mins or until risen and firm to the touch.
Cool in the tin, then cut into squares.
Tip:They can be frozen for up to a month!
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If you fancy making a frosting to go on top, beat together 400g cream cheese,
 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 100g icing sugar with the remaining zest.

Spread over the brownies and serve!
Hope you enjoy.
Mia :-)

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