Sunday, May 23, 2010

Magazine Monday #61: Chocolate-Orange Brownines

For once, a non-Canadian Living recipe!

We have having some serious renovations done around here and I have baked a few things for the contractors, who appear to all have sweet tooths. This works for me! I get to bake and not have to have any sweet stuff hanging around my place tempting me, and they get to have nice treats after a day's hard work.

This recipe for Chocolate-Orange Brownies comes from the March 2010 issue of Bon Appetit. Apparently, the recipe originated at Homepage Cafe in Bozeman, Montana, and it was included in the RSVP section of the magazine, where readers write in asking for recipes from restaurants and other eateries - hence it's not included in the recipe database on Epicurious.com. Gr!!!

Anyway, here it is.

Chocolate-Orange Brownies

non-stick vegetable spray
1/2 cup boiling water
6 tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup pecans, chopped
2 large eggs
10 tbsp (1 1/4 sticks...God I hate how US recipes do this! This is 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp for you Canadians out there!) butter, melted & cooled
1 tbsp grated orange zest
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray 9x9x2" metal baking pan with spray. Whisk 1/2 cup boiling water with cocoa powder in a small bowl to blend. Whisk sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Stir in pecans. Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Add butter, vanilla, and orange zest. Whisk cocoa mixture into egg mixture. Add flour mixture, stir just to blend. Transfer to prepared pan.

2. Bake until tester inserted into the centre comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on rack. Cut & serve.

These were a huge hit with both the contractors (we took them out on a big platter & my SIL provided them with cold beer!) and with my family. They were perfectly-textured and delicious! Definitely a keeper recipe!

6 comments:

Future Grown-Up said...

That sounds absolutely divine! Congrats by the way on the latest publication...it looked very yummy.

creampuff said...

Wow, these look so dense and chocolatey! Luscious!

Carla and Michael said...

We have that issue. Must have missed that one. Chocolate and orange are such a great combination.

Wandering Coyote said...

Thanks everyone! Yep, definitely one of the best brownie recipes I've come across, and it would be very versatile, too; just add whatever other flavours you think would go in there! Next time I should ice them!

Pierce said...

I like chocolate and orange and never thought about combing them. Doug is a brownie purist so I don’t know if I could get away if adding orange. Maybe I’ll sneak it in and see what the review is! No Canadian Living, huh? I like your CL recipes.

Wandering Coyote said...

Pierce: Chocolate & orange is one of my favourite flavour combinations! Yeah, try these out with Doug and see what he thinks, and then let me know!

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