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Incredible Spiced Orange And Roast Hazelnut Chocolates

Now This Is The Kind Of Chocolate I Get Excited About
Now This Is The Kind Of Chocolate I Get Excited About
Incredible Cinnamon Spiced Orange And Roast Hazelnut Chocolate Discs
Incredible Cinnamon Spiced Orange And Roast Hazelnut Chocolate Discs

I have many vices, but they all seem to come in the form of either cake or chocolate. Carrot cake, banana walnut bread and orange chocolate brownies, I am powerless before. Similarly, put me in front of a box of Leonidas and I won’t stop eating until I have a pain in my tummy.

However, despite being such a chocolate lover, I’ve never really bothered making my own, despite regularly satisfying my cake cravings by baking pretty little cakes. I decided to try my hand over Christmas at making my own little chocolates, and after a few variations, I think I have cracked the ultimate after dinner or tea time chocolate. This has so many complementing flavours going on, the spicy cinnamon, zesty orange, roast honeyed hazelnuts and dark chocolate make the perfect, most indulgent treat.

Make this once and you’ll never look back, they’re unbelievably easy to make. Just take my word for it when I say that they won’t last long!

The Perfect Tea Time Treat - Spiced Orange And Roast Hazelnut Chocolates
The Perfect Tea Time Treat – Spiced Orange And Roast Hazelnut Chocolates
Simple But Totally Delicious Ingredients
Simple But Totally Delicious Ingredients

Ingredients:

200g 70% Dark Chocolate

100g Hazelnuts, whole

100g Candied Orange Peel, chopped

Honey

Cinnamon

  1. First things first. Place the hazelnuts on a piece of tin foil within a baking tray. Drizzle with a tablespoon or two of honey and then generously dust with cinnamon. Pop into an oven preheated to 150C and roast for 5 to 7 minutes. Check regularly, you don’t want to burn the nuts or they taste awful. When they’re done, take them out and let them cool. They’ll probably stick together when they cool, that’s okay- just crack them apart again.
  2. You can use a bain marie to melt your chocolate, but I never bother. If your pot is heavy bottomed enough and the heat is low enough, you should be fine to heat it directly in a pot over a low flame. That’s what I always do (mainly because I love cutting corners). Stir the chocolate continuously until it’s all just melted, then take it off the heat.
  3. Lay out a grease proof piece of paper on a large, flat and even chopping board or surface. Drop about a tablespoon of melted chocolate at a time onto the sheet, leaving plenty of space in between each chocolate disc.
  4. Then place a few nuts and about a teaspoon of candied orange on each chocolate disc. Make sure that each topping is touching the melted chocolate or it won’t stick when the chocolate hardens. Finally, sprinkle all the chocolates with some more cinnamon.
  5. Leave to cool for an hour or two and then when they’re hard, peel them off the greaseproof paper and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  6. You will be so glad you made these!
Drizzle The Nuts In Plenty Of Honey
Drizzle The Nuts In Plenty Of Honey
Be Generous With The Cinnamon
Be Generous With The Cinnamon
Melt Your Chocolate On A Very Low Heat... The Smell Will Be Intoxicating
Melt Your Chocolate On A Very Low Heat… The Smell Will Be Intoxicating
After Dropping A Spoon of Melted Chocolate On The Paper Top With Organge And Nuts
After Dropping A Spoon of Melted Chocolate On The Paper Top With Orange And Nuts
Incredible Cinnamon Spiced Orange And Roast Hazelnut Chocolate Discs
Incredible Cinnamon Spiced Orange And Roast Hazelnut Chocolate Discs
The Ultimate Chocolate Treat - Spiced Orange and Roast Hazelnut Chocolates
The Ultimate Chocolate Treat – Spiced Orange and Roast Hazelnut Chocolates
Warning... It's Impossible To Just Have One
Warning… It’s Impossible To Just Have One

Chocolate Orange Nutty Brownies

Chocolate Orange Nutty Brownies
Chocolate Orange Nutty Brownies
Nutty Rich Orange Chocolate Brownies
Nutty Rich Orange Chocolate Brownies
Perfect Served Up With Creme Fraiche
Perfect Served Up With Creme Fraiche

It’s the time of year again when the Great British Bake Off starts again on TV and people around the world are gripped to their tellies, not quite sure why their worry over whether or not their favourite contestant’s choux pastry has them on the edge of their seats, or why indeed they laugh derisively at the poor contestant whose creme patissiere ends up a mess despite having never made it themselves (yes I am guilty of this).

If I have learnt one thing from watching GBBO last year, is that this is not a show to watch without a cake to eat whilst watching it. Last year trying to satisfy my cake craving with a measly biscuit didn’t cut the mustard, so this year I was more prepared when it started again. I made a batch of rich and indulgent chocolate brownies to munch away for the occasion.

This fudgy, squidgy, moist brownie recipe I first stumbled upon while watching Rachen Allen make a batch of her White Chocolate and Raspberry brownies on TV. I have stuck to the general fudge chocolate brownie recipe she used but omitted the raspberries and white chocolate, and instead used orange, hazelnuts and cocoa nibs for an entirely different flavour. I also used quite dark chocolate making these really rich which works well with the orange. The hazelnuts and cocoa nibs give a nice bit of crunch too. These are the easiest and best brownies I’ve ever made, which is quite a statement, I know, but you have to give them a try yourself.

These are to be enjoyed while laughing condescendingly at the far more talented bakers on GBBO, from the safety of your couch.

Rich Orange Chocolate Nutty Brownies
Rich Orange Chocolate Nutty Brownies

Ingredients:

100g dark chocolate (85% cocoa)

100g orange flavoured dark chocolate (not milk chocolate unless you want a much sweeter brownie)

150g butter

225g sugar

3 eggs

150g self-raising flour

100g chopped hazelnuts

2 tbsp cocoa nibs

Zest of 2 oranges (and extra for decorating if you wish)

Cocoa powder (optional- for decorating)

Creme fraiche to serve

1. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt with the butter in a bain marie. This is a bowl sat over a pot with some hot water in it simmering away, this gently and slowly melts the chocolate and ensures it won’t separate.

2. When melted take the bowl off the pot and stir the sugar into the chocolate mix with a wooden spoon. Then stir in the eggs one by one.  Gradually stir in the flour and then finally stir in the grated orange zest, hazelnuts and cocoa nibs.

3. Grease and line a brownie tin and pour the mixture in. Pop the brownie mix into an oven pre-heated to 180C for 35- 45 minutes. They will be done when they are slightly firm on top.

4. To decorate dust with a little cocoa powder sieved on top and grate a little extra orange zest over that. Serve with a spoon of creme fraiche.

Grate In The All Important Orange Zest
Grate In The All Important Orange Zest
Stir In The Goodies
Stir In The Goodies
Slice Up When Cooled
Slice Up When Cooled
Best Chocolate Brownie Recipe
Best Chocolate Brownie Recipe
Easy and Delicious Chocolate Brownies
Easy and Delicious Chocolate Brownies