Boozy Chocolate Orange Brownies
'It's not Terry's, it's mine' are the immortal words of Dawn French that taught me greed was okay. There’s something about eating a chocolate orange at Christmas that feels right, despite them being available throughout the year.
Dawn French is strongly associated with Christmas for me through the iconic Geraldine Granger. It's the go to family festive viewing and - despite her ecclesiastical calling - is probably the fictional character I most identify with.
It seemed, therefore, wholly appropriate to make some boozy chocolate orange brownies for a Christmas party. I find that adding alcohol to any dish immediately makes it seem grown up.
The recipe couldn't be simpler. I adapted a basic brownie recipe from Nigella, Queen of Puds and added in some Cointreau and a chocolate orange. If you had Grand Marnier or any other orange liqueur to hand you could use that too.
When topping the brownies, I used a similar approach to when I made my Creme Egg Brownies and took the brownies out of the oven five minutes before they were ready so that the orange segments weren't submerged.
The result is a rich, gooey feast. They're a decadent alternative to mince pies and an easy dessert to nibble on should (when) you have overdone it on the trimmings!