Blood Orange (Arancia Rossa) Brownies

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Blood Orange (Arancia Rossa) Brownies are best homemade brownie recipe with blood oranges and no brownie mix. Made from scratch, these are simple orange brownies without cocoa powder.

Blood Orange (Arancia Rossa) Brownies are best homemade brownie recipe with blood oranges and no brownie mix. Made from scratch, these are simple orange brownies without cocoa powder.


 

The question of the day is: how to make Blood Orange (Arancia Rossa) Brownies without unsweetened cocoa powder?

Just replace cocoa powder with all-purpose flour. When doing so, I suggest you reduce amount of sugar since delicate arancia rossa  ( blood orange ) may easily be overpowered with sugar.

Blood Orange (Arancia Rossa) Brownies are best homemade brownie recipe with blood oranges and no brownie mix. Made from scratch, these are simple orange brownies without cocoa powder.

 

Baking powder is necessary. It adds volume and it works the same as baking soda, whipped egg whites, cream, and all types of yeast and steam.

Rising agents give baked goods optimal volume, texture and crumb and can include baking soda, baking powder, whipped egg whites or cream, active or instant dry yeast, and even steam.

To learn more about leavening agents look here  .

Is leavening agent the same as raising agent?

When we want to make a dough or batter rise when baking, either in patisserie or bread-making, we need to use a raising agent or leavening agent, one of which is called leaven. In the context of baking, a raising agent is simply what “makes something rise”.

 

Of course, the base for this brownies’ recipe are blood orange juice and zest. You also need some vanilla extract and blood orange oil as well to enhance the flavours.

Blood Orange (Arancia Rossa) Brownies are best homemade brownie recipe with blood oranges and no brownie mix. Made from scratch, these are simple orange brownies without cocoa powder.

What is blood orange oil?

Blood Orange Oil (Citrus aurantium dulcis) is a pure, natural essential oil and is used as a flavoring as well as in aromatherapy for its bright, tart citrus scent, and energizing properties. When used as a flavoring, use sparingly as essential oils are potent. Therefore, you need 3 drops to add to this blood orange brownies recipe. Not more!

You all know that blood oranges have pink to red flesh and juice color. Red color develops with warm days and cool nights, which is the main feature of the Mediterranean climate.

Once you add all the rest of ingredients to make the batter, the color is not that intensively red, so I added 3 drops of edible food color to intensify the color. It really complements the deep flavors of the fruits accompanied with blood orange oil!

 

 

And on the top of it, there is a final touch for this recipe: pink glaze done in few seconds! Just combine powdered sugar and blood orange juice to spread over your brownies to have pink-colored bites. It makes blood orange brownies so much more attractive! That way you have best homemade brownie recipe!

Blood Orange (Arancia Rossa) Brownies are best homemade brownie recipe with blood oranges and no brownie mix. Made from scratch, these are simple orange brownies without cocoa powder.

These moist citrus brownies are gone in a flash!

 

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Blood Orange (Arancia Rossa) Brownies

Blood Orange (Arancia Rossa) Brownies are best homemade brownie recipe with blood oranges and no brownie mix. Made from scratch, these are simple orange brownies without cocoa powder.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Blood Orange (Arancia Rossa) Brownies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 squares
Author 2pots2cook

Ingredients

  • Ingredients for brownies:
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp blood orange zest
  • ½ cup blood orange juice ( 3 small oranges )
  • 4 drops blood orange oil, optional
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 10 Tbsp melted butter, unsalted
  • 3 drops red food colour, optional
  • Ingredients for glaze:
  • 10 Tbsp powedered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp blood orange juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 356 F.
  2. Cover 7 x 7 inches pan with aluminium foil and lightly oil it.

  3. In medium sized bowl, combine butter, egg yolks, orange zest, orange juice, food color, vanilla extract and orange oil.

  4. In medium sized bowl, whisk egg whites, sugar and a pinch of salt until stiff peaks form.

  5. Slowly add flour, baking powder and liquids mixture to egg whites and gently mix , using spatula, until even texture.

  6. Pour the mixture into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.

  7. Leave to cool completely.

  8. In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and orange juice to get smooth glaze and spread over the top of the brownies.

  9. Cut 16 squares and serve.

 

Blood Orange (Arancia Rossa) Brownies are best homemade brownie recipe with blood oranges and no brownie mix. Made from scratch, these are simple orange brownies without cocoa powder.

 

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