Today was a long haul to the finish to close out an even longer week. Not to sound cliché but man, when it rains, it certainly can fricking pour.
So after a long day like this one, I usually arrive home frazzled and a bit numb. But then I rally, kick off my shoes, get comfy and settle in. By this time, I am usually ready to get my hands dirty. Cooking is a love that I get to enjoy when I retreat home from my office. Many people find it stressful and a lot of work, but for me it’s a pleasure. It’s how I unwind myself from the hectic of the day. Tunes up, beer cracked and by the time I come out on the other side of dinner I’m a different person or, I guess, a little more like myself.
Still, as I’m only human, there are days when I just can’t be bothered. Some days are made for Chinese takeout and some days are just made for chocolate. Days when you need a little extra sweetness in your life and your belly. Maybe chocolate is just that much better because of days like today.
Well, my friends, if you’re in need of some of the good stuff, I’ve got your fix. This recipe is easy, delicious, and oh so chocolatey. You start with your favorite dark chocolate brownie mix and dress it up with some citrus. Not just any citrus, though. Today calls for gorgeous jewel toned blood oranges. The juice lends the swirl a rosy pink tint, which contrasts so well with the dark brownie mix beneath, making them look as good as they taste. The combo of dark chocolate and citrus is one I find hard to resist. Especially when it comes in the form of a perfectly chewy-crisp corner of a pan of brownies. You middle of the pan people just wouldn’t understand, but we can still be friends. I’ll forgive you, for now.
I love the citrus season and take every opportunity to gorge myself on all that I can eat. And while I favor grapefruit most days, there is nothing that can compare to the drama of cutting into each blood orange. Even though I know the inside will be red, I still get a small shot of joy every time I see that deep color. This month, I had so many types of oranges in my fridge, it was a small surprise every time I cut one open. Geez, I’m a geek, but it’s the little thing in life right?
Oh well, maybe you can geek out with me and get a little thrill by slicing into some blood oranges, mixing them up with some chocolatey goodness and letting these brownies melt your day away. Just save a corner piece for me, won’t you?
Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Swirl Brownies
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Your favorite dark chocolate brownie accented with a light citrus flavor and a rosy hint of pink.
-1-2 boxes dark chocolate brownie mix (enough to make a 13×9 pan)
-1 blood orange
-8 ounces cream cheese, softened
-1/2 cup sugar
-2 tbsp. flour
- Preheat oven according to package instructions. Grease bottom of 13×9 pan.
- Zest and juice 1/2 of blood orange over a medium bowl.
- Add cream cheese to juice bowl and beat with mixer until smooth.
- Add sugar and flour and mix again.
- In a separate bowl, prepare brownie mix according to package instructions.
- Pour brownie batter into pan and use spoon to even it out.
- Using cream cheese mixture, make 4 long lines on top of brownie batter.
- Using a butter knife, drag knife through batter until desired swirl effect is achieved.
- Bake according to package instructions.
Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Swirl Brownies by whisk&flip