Some people like them nice and chewy, some people like them rich and dense, some people like them more cake-like – yes, I am talking about brownies. I already made a rich and dense version that was spectacular – so I figured it was time to make one more cake-like. I definitely accomplished my goal.
I saw this recipe in Bon Appetit – and although I am not a huge fan or adding orange flavor to my chocolate – I figured I had to try these out. I was so pleasantly surprised – boy were this fantastic. I brought them over to my friend’s house – and she likened them to the bottom of a Trophy Cupcake – our favorite place to buy cupcakes. They had a wonderful chocolate flavor with a hint of orange – but the texture was just perfect. Eat one with a cold glass of milk, and you have a treat beyond belief. The best part of these brownies – you can wrap them up, and they stay good for days. For a cake-like brownie, that is definitely something worth being proud of. Something else about this recipe? It is super simple – it took me less than 15 minutes to get them into the oven. What could be better?
- Non-stick vegetable oil spray
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 6 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, cooled
- 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x9x2-inch metal baking pan with non-stick spray. Whisk 1/2 cup boiling water and cocoa powder in a small bowl to blend. Whisk sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Whisk eggs in large bowl. Add butter, orange peel, and vanilla; whisk to blend. Whisk cocoa mixture into egg mixture. Add flour mixture; stir just to blend. Transfer to prepared pan.
Bake brownies until tester inserted into center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on rack. Cut into 16 squares and serve. Adapted from Homepage Cafe.
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