My husband and I agree on many things, but a love of the flavour combination of chocolate and orange is not one of them. It's my all time favourite flavour combination, but is one he loathes. I suppose that's a good thing, as it means more for me!
Personally, I think there is something wrong with people who can't appreciate the fabulousness that is chocolate and orange together. I can't imagine anything more delicious than a bright sparkle of citrus exploding to cut through the richness and slight bitterness of dark chocolate.
With this in mind, and blood oranges in season I wanted to make something using two of my favourite flavours. I immediately thought of gooey and soft brownie cookies filled with sharp and tangy blood orange curd.
I love the way the blood orange curd oozes out of these brownie cookies as you bite into them, making them finger licking good, albeit a little messy to eat. Or maybe that's just because I overfill mine with too much curd!
Chocolate Orange Brownie Cookies with Blood Orange Curd
- BLOOD ORANGE CURD:
- 2 oranges
- ¾ cup caster sugar superfine
- 4 egg yolks
- 5 tbs butter
- BROWNIE COOKIES:
- 150 g butter softened, ⅔ cup
- 90 g brown sugar ½ cup
- 175 g golden syrup ⅔ cup plus 1 tbs
- 225 g plain flour sifted, 1 ¾ cups, all-purpose
- 25 g Dutch Cocoa sifted, 3 tbs
- 1 tsp baking soda sifted
- 200 g dark chocolate roughly chopped, 7 ounces
- Zest both of the of the oranges. Squeeze the juice from both oranges and strain into a small saucepan. Add the sugar and half the zest and stir to dissolve. Add the egg yolks and mix well and place over a low heat stirring constantly. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until the curd coats the back of the spoon. Add the butter and stir until melted and smooth. Pour into a sterilised jar and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the butter, sugar, remaining orange zest and golden syrup and bet until pale and creamy, approximately 10 minutes. Add the sifted flour, cocoa and baking soda and mix until a smooth dough begins to form. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again. Add the chocolate and mix until combined. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until firm.
- Preheat the oven to 180 celsius (350 Fahrenheit) and take tablespoons of the dough and roll into balls and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Flatten the balls slightly and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the tops of the bookies begin to crack. Remove from the oven and leave on the tray for 2 minutes to firm up before placing on wire wracks to cool.
- Spread half the cookies with curd and top with the remaining cookies.