I recently hosted a bonfire night dinner party for my close family. It was a great way to get them all together before I head off on a seriously exciting adventure. I’m spending the next six months as a Chalet Host in the Alps! I’ll be cooking for families everyday and I can’t wait! Anyway, more on my new job later…
So, I cooked up a little bit of an autumnal feast for the family and it all went down really really well. I’m not going lie and say that I knocked it all up in half an hour because it did take me a pretty long time to prepare everything (both the day before and the day of the meal). However, the content faces that beamed back at me as we sat around the kitchen table devouring each of the three courses meant it was definitely worth it!
The first recipe from the evening is BBC Good Food’s Chocolate Orange brownies. They will be adored by the chocoholics of your family and I think they’re a lovely twist on a classic brownie that brings it into the beginning of the festive season. They’re also perfect for all the terry’s chocolate orange fans out there! I adapted the recipe slightly using a whole terry’s chocolate orange chopped into chunks rather than dark orange chocolate as I know that my family have a seriously sweet tooth and prefer milk chocolate to dark. You’ll find that terry’s chocolate orange are always on offer at various different discount stores or supermarkets at this time of year, so it’s a great time to make them!
Makes 12 (big) brownies
Dark chocolate 200g
Zest of a large orange
4 large eggs
350g caster sugar
100g plain flour
1 terry’s chocolate orange (chopped up)
12 terry’s chocolate orange segments (to decorate)
gold edible spray paint (to decorate, this is available from Morrisons in the baking aisle)
orange zest (just a little extra to sprinkle over the brownies)
1.Firstly you need to grease and line a deep baking tray. Preheat your oven to 180c.
2. In a small pan, melt the butter, dark chocolate with the orange zest over a low heat. Make sure you take your time and allow the ingredients to melt slowly, otherwise you’ll end up with burnt or separated chocolate.
3. Next whisk together the eggs and sugar until the mixture is a pale colour and it leaves a faint trail when you remove the whisk. Stir the mixture into the chocolate once it has been allowed to cool for 10-15mins.
4. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder.
5. Stir in the terry’s chocolate orange pieces.
6. Bake in the oven for 30 mins, this makes for the brownies to still be soft and squidgy rather than over cooked and dry.
7.Allow to cool in the tray. Once cool, use a pallet knife to divide the brownie into 12 pieces.
8. Decorate with chocolate orange segments that have been painted with gold edible spray paint. Dust over a touch of orange zest.
9. Dig in as I’m sure they won’t last long!