Still in pursuit of the perfect chocolate brownie, then, I made these while my children were out making giant… erm.. appendages out of snow. I would show you a video but they’re all disgusting and their grandparents might see. I don’t know where they get it from.
These brownies are utterly lush and slightly more ‘grown up’ than the version I usually make (George’s chocolate brownies) but the recipe is mostly the same. I think they benefit from being served warm as the ‘oranginess’ comes out more.
You will need:
200g dark chocolate (as dark as you dare – see below)
170g salted butter (MUST be salted – or add a pinch if using unsalted)
3 tablespoons marmalade (I used rindless for a smooth result)
200g soft brown sugar (caster is fine if you don’t have any)
110g plain flour
Preheat the oven to gas 4/180 degrees.
Melt the butter, chocolate and marmalade in a bain-marie (you know the drill… bowl over a saucepan of just-simmering water – don’t let the bottom of the bowl come into contact with water). Don’t use the microwave – I’ve no idea why but melting chocolate in the microwave REALLY offends me. Turn the water off when it’s just bubbling and stir the mixture gently until it’s combined. Take it off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
Whisk the eggs and sugar together until light and frothy, then pour in the cooled chocolate/butter mixture, stir well, then add in the flour. Stir briefly until the flour disappears.
Pour into a well-lined baking tin (I use a lasagne tin, but a square cake tin will do). Bake for about 30 minutes or until the top is cracked and shiny. The centre should still be slightly soft. Serve warm or allow to cool and place in an airtight container
For the orangettes, choose a really dark chocolate – try Green & Black’s or Montezuma’s do a brilliant, rich Ecuador 70% dark chocolate that I’m just slightly addicted to. Melt two or three squares in a tiny jug and just dip small pieces of Orangette into them. If you have any trouble buying the orangettes (basically, candied orange peel – I got mine in my Good Fork hamper), you can make your own, or try Amazon (believe it or not).
These would be beautiful served at the end of a dinner party with the dark chocolate orangettes, little cups of very strong espresso coffee and maybe some freezing cold shot glasses of Cointreau too.
(Best get rid of the snow willies on the front lawn first, though).