Guest posts by Heather FooChocolate Orange Fudge BrowniesFor me, chocolate orange has always been a festive flavour. I love the richness of the chocolate with the festive spice of the orange.

Here is an easy recipe to bring the flavours to life, so grab a cup of tea, coffee (or a Christmas tipple!) and enjoy these tasty treats over this special festive season.

Ingredients

225g butter
275g light brown sugar
200g dark chocolate
Zest of 1 large orange
Juice of 1/2 an orange
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
140g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
110g chocolate chips
2 tsp Ringtons Spiced Chocolate Orange Loose Tea

Fudgey Topping:

50g butter
50g dark chocolate
100g icing sugar

Sugared orange segments
Ringtons Chocolate Sprinkles

Spiced Chocolate Orange TeaFor the brownies

  1. 2 tsps of Ringtons Spiced Chocolate Orange Loose Tea in a mug of boiled water and leave to brew (you won’t need to use all of this)
  2. Preheat oven to 180oC and line an 8in square cake tin with baking parchment
  3. Place the butter, sugar and dark chocolate in a large heatproof bowl. Set it over a saucepan of warm water. Let the butter and chocolate melt, stirring occasionally. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and leave to cool.
  4. Prepare the orange zest and juice and whisk these together with the eggs, vanilla and salt until combined. Whisk the orange and egg mixture into the cooled melted chocolate mixture – (must be cooled).
  5. Mix in a few tsps of the Ringtons Spiced Chocolate Orange Tea.
  6. Sift the flour and baking powder on to the chocolate mixture and fold it in. Then add the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes for a ‘fudgey’ soft brownie or 35-40 minutes for a more ‘cakey’ brownie.
  8. Leave to cool completely before removing from tin. Then cut into squares.

Decorated Fudge BrowniesFor the Fudge topping

  1. Melt the dark chocolate in a large heatproof bowl, set over a saucepan of warm water.
  2. Cream together the butter and icing sugar
  3. Once cooled. Slowly add the melted chocolate to the butter and icing sugar mixture until well mixed in.
  4. Add 2 tsps of the Ringtons Spiced Chocolate Orange Tea for flavour.
  5. Use 1 tsp of  topping per square of brownie (the more generous the better!), place a sugared orange segment on top and dust with a mixture of icing sugar and Ringtons Fairtrade chocolate sprinkles.

The Finished Fudge Brownies