A friend of mine has recently gone dairy free and to prove you can still have delicious moist cake for your birthday without the belly ache, I made him these Dairy Free Chocolate Orange Brownies.
Cakey, moist, subtle and moreish. Dairy Free just got interesting…
Ingredients for Dairy Free Chocolate Orange Brownies
120g plain flour
70g cocoa powder
50g ground almonds
1tsp baking powder
1/2tsp bi carbonate of soda
220g caster sugar
150g sunflower oil
4 medium eggs (room temperature)
2 medium oranges
1tsp orange extract (optional)
100g dark chocolate chips
makes about 16 squares
Line/grease a 7″ by 9″ baking tray (if greasing use oil on a piece of kitchen towel or spray oil)
preheat oven to 190oC
1) In a medium bowl sift together the flour and cocoa powder, then add the ground almonds, baking powder and bi carbonate of soda. Mix together well with a wooden spoon. Set aside.
2) Zest the two oranges and set that aside for now too.
3) In a large bowl whisk together the caster sugar and oil for at least 3-4 minutes, until a little lighter and paler in colour. Then add the zest of the oranges and the juice of one orange and whisk again.
4) Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, until they are well incorporated. With the last egg, add the orange extract, if using. Once everything is well mixed, pour half of the dry ingredients bowl into the large, wet ingredients bowl and fold together carefully with a wooden spoon. Do not over mix. Once it has only just come together add the remaining flour mixture with about 75g of the chocolate chips and fold together again until everything is evenly dispersed.
5) Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and then wobble from side to side to release any air pockets. For more tips on an even bake, click here and go to number 8. Scatter the remaining chocolate chips on top and then place on the middle shelf of your pre heated oven for about 25 mins. It’s done when a skewer inserted comes out clean.
6) Leave to rest in the baking tin. Squeeze 1-2 tbsp of orange juice over the top while its still warm. Once cooled, turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely and then cut into squares for devouring. YUM.