There is one brownie recipe I have used for literally years, making infinite variations by adding whatever strikes my mood and it never - I mean never - fails. The recipe is from an older cookbook called, Chic Simple. This week I made a batch of Candied Orange Peel and it was also my husband's birthday. Husband does not really love cake, I know - the marriage works anyway, but he does love brownies. So, I made a giant batch of brownies with candied orange peel and chunks of dark chocolate. Who doesn't love chocolate and orange - right?
The recipe is a simple one with addition of chopped orange peel and chopped chocolate chunks making it special.
To make the brownies birthday worthy, I topped each serving with vanilla ice cream. If you made candied orange peel, did you save the syrup? I hope so! Spoon over the warmed orange syrup and garnish with whole candied orange peel segments. A simple recipe, easier than cake and a happy husband - perfect!
Chocolate Orange Brownies
Adapted from a Chic Simple recipe
- 4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate
- 1/2 pound of butter
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup finely chopped candied orange peel
- 3/4 cup chopped dark chocolate chunks
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a greased and parchment lined 9 X 12 inch baking pan.
- Melt butter and chocolate over the lowest heat on the stove or in the microwave. Once melted, put mixture aside to cool.
- Combine eggs, sugar and vanilla. Whisk together until well combined and frothy. Add cooled butter and chocolate mixture, stirring until just combined. Add in flour and salt, mixing well.
- Fold in chopped orange peel and chocolate chunks.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.
- Top brownie slices with ice cream or whipped cream. Spoon over orange syrup reserved from making candied orange slices. Garnish with whole pieces of candied orange peel.