Sunday, September 8

Terry's Treats

This week on the Great British Bake Off the challenge was desserts.
Now if you haven't realised from my blog already, I make a lot of desserts- and I mean a lot.
So, in an attempt to meet my weekly challenge of matching the Bake Off's themes, I came up with a twist of one of my classics in the kitchen.

The show-stopper challenge this week was to create the beauty that was 'petit fours', a 'small confectionery' either savoury or sweet.
I'm not going to lie, I tried multiple recipes this week (each that I was chuffed with), but never fully convinced on. Mini eton mess, tartlets, and pastries- I must have baked a good couple this week to suit the brief. But truthfully, the simplest and 'less original' creation actually tasted the best, kept the best, and won over my family the best.
(Plus I didn't want to create macaroons this week as I'm saving these colourful creations for a post all to themselves.)

This is also a 'student's baking blog', and so, I didn't want to create anything too fancy. I wanted to post something that was achievable for bakers of all levels, not break the bank balance and still wow the crowd.
(Yes you can do all three and be a domestic goddess!)

Since one of my absolute favourite recipes is my chocolate orange brownies, a faultless classic, I tweaked the recipe here and there to create some delightful petit fours.
These are basically: "Tiny bite sized brownies with a chocolate orange layer & covered in a dark chocolate ganache".
But I just like to call them Terry's Treats!

I swear, these are addictive. Beyond addictive in fact.
If you fancy making these as a tray of brownies, then just stop the dream right there. But, if you want to take the taste sensation further than those white pearly gates and all of the way to the pinnacle of baking bliss, then follow this recipe by covering them in creamy chocolate ganache.
You will not be disappointed.
Infact ... I'm considering driving all the way into town to get another batch of ingredients right now as typing this is making me drool.

Chocolate Orange Brownies.... Is there possibly a dream more perfect!?
I think not.
Sometimes simple is best and I reckon these would knock Mary Berry's socks off.
Yes, I went there!

To make your own (30 big brownies, or 60 mini ones) you will need:

- 275g softened butter
- 375g caster sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 75g cocoa powder
- 100g self raising flour
- 1 Terry's chocolate orange
- 100g milk chocolate

(For the ganache & decoration)
- 300ml double cream
- 300g dark chocolate
- zest of one orange

Preheat your oven to 180C/160 fan and line a baking tray with parchment.

Weigh out all of the flour and sugar into a large mixing bowl.

Crack in each of the four eggs.

Tip in the cocoa powder and the softened butter.

Mix all of these ingredients together with an electric mixer until evenly combined, everything is scraped down from the sides, and the batter is like thick chocolate velvet.
Whilst the batter is mixing, cut up the 100g of milk chocolate into bite sized chunks (it means you get a scrummy bite of chocolate whereas chips just melt in the oven completely!)

Using a spatula or spoon, stir in the chocolate chunks through the batter and spoon out half into the baking tray.

* If you are making just a batch of chocolate brownies, alternatively you could just ignore this next step and chop up the chocolate orange into chunks too. I found for mini brownies this next step worked best, but its up to you as the flavour will still be just as good!*

Spread out the batter to all corners of the tray.

Break up the chocolate orange into segments and spread evenly over the top of the first layer of brownie.

Gently cover the chocolate orange segments with the remaining half of the brownie batter and spread to create a flat surface.

Slide these into the oven for around 40-45 minutes until a cocktail stick comes out clean and the surface is cracked. (If it looks a little too brown for the last stage of cooking, just cover with some aluminium foil.)

Once the brownies are out of the oven, let them cool slightly before cutting off the sides and dividing into tiny bite sized mouthfuls.
(Remember: Petit Fours are meant to be 'delicate' mouthfuls to avoid ladies from having cake all over their faces!)

When they have cooled completely, get cracking on the ganache.
Pour the 300ml of double cream into a saucepan and heat on a medium heat until it is very warm but not boiling. (I found that this was the point where your finger could no longer remain in the pan.)
Whilst you are waiting for the cream to heat up, break up the dark chocolate into little pieces and place in a heatproof bowl.

Pour the 'ready' cream over the broken up chocolate and leave for a couple of minutes before gently stirring continuously.
After a few minutes it should be thick, glossy, and malleable.

Grate the zest of one orange to be ready for decoration, and use a peeler to shave off some thicker strands too.

Now here comes the messy bit. When covering each individual chocolate nibble in ganache, I found that popping that into the fridge for ten minutes or so helped them to stick together a lot better than otherwise.
Either attempt dunking with a cocktail stick at both ends, or like me, after the tenth just give up and chuck them in before touching up with the help of a mini palette knife.
I dare you to not lick your fingers!

Sprinkle each brownie bite with the freshly grated orange and leave the ganache to set for an hour or two.

And there you have it!

A delicious, moist, bite sized dream of chocolate brownie before the warmth of orange spreads sweetly throughout your taste buds.
A moreish and flavoursome bite that might not ruin the ladies lippy with its dainty size, but by sure it will have them eyeing up the waiter to bring them more!

Best. Flavour. Combination. Ever!!!

And next week for the bake off challenge of pies? God only knows....!


  1. I thought these looked delicious, and then I saw the chocolate orange and WOW I AM IN LOVE, these are better than delicious!!xx

    1. Ahh another chocolate orange fan too! Best combination ever isn't it?! xx

  2. Emily, these look gorgeous! I'm seriously jealous of everybody else who lives with you and gets to try out all of your creations.

    Lucy x

    1. Thanks Lucy! I think they all appreciate it, my house mates for this year don't know what they have coming! x

  3. holy moly these look unbelievable!! WHAT a good idea to put chocolate orange pieces into the brownie - you are such a domestic goddess!!
    Defo gonna try these out at uni XX

    1. I'm not Nigella just yet, but thanks India!
      Even if you just make them as a batch of brownies (I usually chop up the chocolate orange into chunks and add it to 200g of milk chocolate), they are incredible.
      The ganache really just is that cherry on top! x

  4. YUM! Omg these look amazing!! Looking forward to the macarons post :)

  5. Aaahhhhh I hope I can try these too! These are amazing!

    REAlity Bites

  6. These look like the ultimate Christmas brownies.. Every year my parents hold both a Christmas shoot and a drinks party, the drinks party has a very select canapé list but I feel these will shoot straight onto it!
    Lottie xx
    Beauty and a Cookbook

    1. Ahh let me know if you use them Lottie! Bet they would be fab for New Year's Eve canapes! xx

  7. I definitely think you should try for the next Great British Bake Off! Loving this post, and I love chocolate Orange!

    Teffy { Teffys Perks Blog }


    1. Still got a long way to go but fingers crossed one day! xx

  8. Mary mother of .. wow. These look terrific! To the kitchen I go!

    Ella xx

  9. These look amazingggg will definitely have a go!


  10. Marry me?
    I absolutely adore the infamous Choc + orange combo, and these mini squares looks devilishly addictive...
    x x x

    {The Lobster & Me}


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