an you imagine more satisfying comfort food than a slice (or two) of rich, luscious chocolate cake? I can’t – especially if there is orange included – now, THAT makes me weak at the knees, I kid you not! The same will happen to you, I promise, when I teach you how to make my luscious orange and chocolate brownie cake!
Now – this one is so easy to make that you don’t even need the electric mixer! Simply take a whisk and whip the whole thing together in just a few minutes! Sweetnesslicious!
First thing first – today I am making not one, but two types of ! I am making my first ganache with orange chocolate, and for that I am using delicious Barry Callebaut orange flavored chocolate. Besides its lovely “orangy” flavor it has beautiful, vibrant and natural (yes!) orange color, so don’t hesitate to use it.
The second ganache I am making today is orange and gianduia ganache. Now, gianduia is a chocolate that contains no less than 30% hazelnut paste, so it is a delicacy on its own. Since I want my gianduia ganache also to be enriched with orange flavor, I need to infuse the orange zest in the double cream. To get freshly grated orange zest you should have a non treated orange and a good quality fine microplane zester, and this one is my favorite. There are two ways to infuse the orange zest into the cream – overnight (I prefer this one) which means that you mix the orange zest and cream and leave it in the fridge until the next day, or – if you are in a hurry, just warm up the cream with the zest inside and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Although I prefer the cold infusion method (overnight soaking) because the flavor is absolutely divine, the second option will be pretty satisfying too.
Now, in both ganaches I am using gelatin, because I want them to be relatively light, but at the same time firm enough to cut them when they set. So, for each ganache I will soak my in cold water and when it softens, I’m going to drain it and melt it in hot cream. Then I’ll pour the hot cream over chocolate, mix well and that’s it! To make brownie I will need to melt chocolate and butter, whisk in the eggs and the sugar, and add the salt and corn starch. And yes, this brownie is also gluten free since there is no wheat flour in it at all! Booyah! I will pour the orange chocolate ganache over cooled brownie and wait patiently until everything sets (the quickest option is to put it in the freezer). When my first ganache sets, I’m gonna make gianduia ganache, pour it over everything and again – wait! Finally, when the second ganache sets, it’s party time! I will enjoy my rich, luscious orange and chocolate brownie cake, hoping that you are doing the same!
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