Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Midnight chocolate brownies

Midnight chocolate brownies / Brownies de chocolate com um toque de laranja

A few days ago someone gave me a hard ear pull, similar to the ones grandma Frida used to give me when I as a kid – my mom hated when she did that. :D

My friend Lola, the biggest chocoholic I have even known, is the one mad at me: she wants chocolate recipes and chocolate recipes only! :D
Lola, my dear, this post is especially for you – I hope you like it!

I’d love to hear my other readers’ opinions: which flavor do you like seeing here the most? I’m curious!

Midnight chocolate brownies / Brownies de chocolate com um toque de laranja

Midnight chocolate brownies
slightly changed from here

½ cup (113g/1 stick) unsalted butter + extra for greasing the pan
225g (½ pound) dark chocolate, chopped – I used 70% cocoa solids
¾ cup (131g) packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon Cointreau
finely grated zest of 2 oranges
2 eggs
¼ cup (22g) best-quality cocoa powder
¼ cup (35g) all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Butter a 20cm (8in) square baking pan and line with aluminum foil, leaving a 2.5cm (1in) overhang. Butter the bottom and sides of the foil.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a medium metal/glass bowl set over simmering water until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the brown sugar until dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and Cointreau, then the orange zest. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, until completely blended and the mixture is shiny and smooth; the mixture will be thickened at this point.

Sift together the cocoa, flour and salt, then stir the flour mixture into the batter until blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until puffed and almost set – mine needed only 25 minutes in the oven. Do not overbake. Cool while still in the pan, on a wire rack.

Lift the brownies out of the pan, using the foil as a handle, and cut into squares. Remove carefully from foil.

Makes 16


Cate O'Malley said...

My son has been on a brownie kick lately - these look delicious!

CY said...


I love chocolate but any flavour you choose to blog is fine by me! Fab photos!

Anonymous said...

I'm a chocolate loverr!! its my favorite sweet so I agree with Lola! chocolate chocolate chocolate!

oneordinaryday said...

I love seasonal recipes with some chocolate tossed in fairly often for good measure. : )

pam said...

I agree with Lola, chocolate is the way to go!

Barbara said...

Well, let me see. Do you mean midnight in color? Or midnight as when I would get out of bed and go pig out on these????

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those look scrumptious!

Valérie I♥Cakes said...

Nice brownies ! To answer your question : I love chocolate, lime/lemon, cinnamon and coconut !

Anonymous said...

I love chocolate, especially a chocolate recipe like this. But I'll admit that sometimes I need something to cut the chocolate. Fruit (strawberries), caramel, nuts, occurs to me to wonder: what doesn't go well with chocolate? There are even chocolate stouts (beer of all things)! So, there must be something to it. These really look delicious.


kimberleyblue said...

Those brownies look so luscious and decadent! Wow!

My favourite desserts are anything with citrus in them.

Kitchen Corner said...

I like all the pictures you've published. They all look very professional! You've a very good photo shooting. Beside, it makes me hungry looking at your brownies :)

anna said...

I'm NOT a huge chocolate fan (chocolate on chocolate is boring!) so I go for fruitier or even flowery desserts. I really love your madeleine recipes - they're always gorgeous and so creative.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I can never get enough brownies - but a slightly wicked version with added Cointreau is particularly appealing... ;-)

Sara said...

I love the addition of orange zest, I bet that added a whole new dimension of freshness!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I would never pass up fudgy chocolate brownies, so the more the better. But when it comes to flavors, I often associate your baking with lovely citrus flavors, like lemon and orange. So I'll take more of those too!

Emily said...

I agree with Lola! Smart lady.

These brownies look perfect. I like the name of this recipe.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Cate, make these for him. ;)

CY, thank you for your kind words!

American Girl, chocolate for you and Lola, then. ;)

One Ordinary Day, a good measure, indeed. ;)

Pam, I did not know that about you! ;)

Barbara, you had me laughing out loud at the office with your comment. ;)

Jen, thank you!

Valérie, thank you!

Casey, I agree with you - all those flavors are wonderful mixed with chocolate.
Thank you for visiting!

Kimberley, thank you! I'm a citrus freak, too. :D

Kitchen Corner, thank you for your kind words!

Anna, I agree with you on the chocolate on chocolate thing.
And thank you for your kind comment - I haven't baked madeleines in ages!

A Forkful..., orange is such a nice addition here. :D

Sara, you are right, darling!

Susan, I'm a citrus lover, maybe that is why I don't bake much with chocolate. :D
Thank you, gorgeous!

Emily, Lola is such a dear. And so are you.

Anonymous said...

I like chocolate - but I think a variety of recipes is good ;)

Love the pink and white polka dots in your pics :)

Dimah said...

Mmmmm, those look amazing!

tasteofbeirut said...

Great idea to add the Cointreau. I bet these come out super fudgy, don't they?

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