Chocolate orange brownies

  • Preparation Time 15 Minutes
  • Cooking Time 25-30 Minutes
  • Serves 12

Vegan, Egg-free, Nut-free, Lactose-free


I have not many people in my life who does not like a well-made chocolate brownie. From the lovely cracked top covering the most unctuous gooey centre. Rich with dark chocolate and speckled with little nuggets of extra chocolate.

To me, it is the delicious treat I would order out with a cup of milky cappuccino

To be honest, once I became vegan I really thought my days of enjoying a delicious brownies was over. I have been cooking for over 40 years and could not envisage this traditional this cake without eggs, proper butter and good dark chocolate. How wrong I was.

I remember going to Vegan festival in my home town and after an exhausting and wonderful day checking out every stall, my body was shouting out for a coffee and cake. So I decided to order a brownie as they looked incredible, and OMG it was one of the best brownie I have ever had. That day opened my eyes and made me realise how versatile vegan baking can be.

Ingredients

  • 200 g Vegan dark chocolate
  • 113 g dairy-free butter such as Vitalite
  • 2 tbsp of ground flaxseeds
  • 6 tbsp of hot water
  • 100 g of soft brown sugar
  • 25 g of cacao powder
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 95 g of Plain flour
  • 2 tsp of orange extract
  • Zest of 1 orange

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line an 8-inch square pan with baking powder.
  2. Mix the flaxseeds in a cup with the hot water, stir and leave to one side to become gel-like
  3. Chop up the chocolate into small chunks and place in a microwave suitable bowl with the butter and place in the microwave to melt, mine took 2 minutes. All microwave vary so use your judgement. You could also use the Bain Marie method
  4. In a mixing bowl combine the melted butter and chocolate with the bowl sugar and orange extract.
  5. Add the flaxseed mixture and combine.
  6. Sift in the bowl, cocoa powder, cocao powder, baking powder and salt then gently fold gently into the the wet mixture until it is all combined.
  7. Gently stir in the other 100 g of chopped chocolate and pour into your baking tray. Place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes and then test by inserting a skewer into the middle of the

You want the top of the brownie to have some lovely cracks but not fully cooked in the middle. You want it to remain gooey and sticky in the middle as a good brownie should be.

Remove from the oven and leave in the tray for at least 20 minutes then remove and divide into squares. These will not hang around for long.


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line an 8 inch square pan with baking powder.
  2. Mix the flaxseeds in a cup with the hot water, stir and leave to one side to become gel like.
  3. Chop up the chocolate into small pieces, and place 100 g into a non-metal bowl with the butter and place in the microwave to melt, mine took 2 minutes but all microwave vary in cooking times. You could also melt it in a Bain Marie.
  4. In a mixing bowl combine the melted butter and chocolate with the bowl sugar and orange extract.
  5. Add the flaxseed mixture and combine.
  6. Sift in the bowl, cocoa powder, cocao powder, baking powder and salt then gently fold gently into the the wet mixture until it is all combined.
  7. Gently stir in the other 100 g of chopped chocolate and pour into your baking tray. Place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes and then test by inserting a skewer into the middle of the

You want the top of the brownie to have some lovely cracks but not fully cooked in the middle. You want it to remain gooey and sticky in the middle as a good brownie should be.

Notes

  • If you do not have cacao powder a good quality cocoa powder will be fine.
  • I have made this using Bob’s Red Mills 1-1 gluten-free baking flour and Dove Farm’s gluten-free. If your mixture is too dry then adding some dairy-free will work.

Related links

Bang on chocolate cake

Chocolate and hazelnut cupcakes

Chocolate courgette cake

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