Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies

Recipe courtesy of Watercress.

Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping

Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping. Hello friends, so how are you today? Chocolate, orange and watercress may not seem the most obvious combination but by golly, it works! 

The sharp pepper of the watercress contrasts deliciously with the citrus flavours and bitterness of the chocolate to make a truly mouth-watering treat.

Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping:

Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping. Indulge in the delightful combination of flavours with these Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies.

Perfect for afternoon tea, these yummy treats feature a rich chocolate base infused with zesty orange and a surprising twist of vibrant watercress.

Topped off with a luscious chocolate ganache, these brownies are a harmonious blend of sweet, tangy, and earthy notes.

Experience the perfect balance of flavours in every bite with our irresistible creation. Treat yourself to a unique and unforgettable dessert experience today!

Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping.

Makes 16 squares Prep time: 40 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 300g good quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • Zest of one orange
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 100g plain flour, sieved
  • 50g cocoa powder, sieved
  • 50g watercress, finely chopped

For The Topping:

  • 250g good quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 250ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp Cointreau (optional)
Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping

Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping:

Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping.

Method:

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180°C and line a square brownie tin with greaseproof paper.  Place 200g of the chocolate, all of the butter, and the orange zest in a heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave, using full power for 30 seconds at a time then stirring and repeating.  Be careful that the chocolate does not get too hot otherwise it will burn.

2.) Use an electric whisk, or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, to beat together the eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy.  Leave the chocolate mixture to cool for at least five minutes before stirring into the egg mix, then mix in the flour and cocoa.  Stir in the remaining 100g of chopped chocolate, as well as the chopped watercress, then pour the batter into the prepared tin.  Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, using a skewer or knife to test if the brownies are cooked.  Once the skewer comes out clean, remove the brownies from the oven and allow to cool completely.

3.) To make the ganache topping, gently bring the double cream to the boil in a saucepan.  Keep an eye on the cream as it will easily boil over once it starts to simmer.  Remove from the heat, then stir in the chopped chocolate, continuing to stir until melted and mixed thoroughly.  Finally stir in the Cointreau if using.

4.) Allow the ganache to cool slightly (but not too much or it will harden), then pour over the brownies while they are still in the tin.  Smooth the topping out using a pallet knife or spatula, then leave for 30 minutes for ganache to cool and harden before cutting into squares.

Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping

Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping:

Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping. The brownies can be kept for 3-5 days in an airtight tin or frozen for up to three months. So what do you think about these Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping? Do you fancy trying some? Because I could eat one, right now!!

This recipe was created by Keri Astill-Frew who splits her time between being a development chef for The Watercress Company and building her own vegetarian and vegan catering business, V Dorset.

Keri has worked in top restaurants across the UK including a Michelin star hotel in Lancashire and a variety of fine dining restaurants and gastro-pubs in Dorset and Sussex. 

She is passionate about watercress, both as an ingredient and for its fantastic health benefits and is devoted to developing new and delicious ways for you to incorporate more of it into your diet.  

For more information and many more recipes please visit The Watercress Company or Watercress.

Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping. Recipe Photography credits Lara Jane Thorpe.

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Chocolate, Orange & Watercress Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Topping.

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2 Comments

  1. Maristella
    9 March 2019 / 13:34

    HUMMMMM!They look delicious!Beautiful pictures too!

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