Outside The Box Brownies

By • March 2, 2010 • 11 Comments



Author Notes: I am ashamed to say that, for the most part, my brownies have come from a box. It's true. Then A&M put feta, mint and blood orange out there, and said think outside the box - see? (pointing UP at the top there) So - these brownies are outside of TWO boxes. They are just this side of fudge and ridiculously rich ... I also need to point out that without my friend Jolene's brownie recipe as a jumping off point these would never have happened so thanks to you my Cyclone friend!!!aargersi

Serves everyone - friends neighbors and coworkers

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces dark unsweet chocolate (I used Scharffen Barger 99% cocoa dark chocolate)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • juice and zest from one blood orange
  • 8 large mint leaves - minced
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cow milk feta
  1. Preheat your oven to 350. Melt the butter and chocolate together - I did this in a glass bowl in the microwave on half heat, but you could use a double boiler too.
  2. Whisk the sugar, orange juice and zest, and vanilla into the chocolate until it is very smooth and shiny.
  3. Now it should be cool enough to whisk in the eggs without scrambling them - do that. Then the mint.
  4. Stir in the flour until the batter is well mixed but don't get carried away and beat it to death.
  5. Break the feta into baby pea sized pieces and fold them into the batter.
  6. Spray your pan with baking no-stick, or butter and flour it. Your choice. No-stick is easier. You can use a 9x13, or of you like EDGES like we do, use the baker's edge ... it rocks - http://www.bakersedge.com/
  7. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes - depending on your pan and your oven. A toothpick should come out clean. Let them cool then cut into smaller pieces than you think you need because they are SERIOUSLY rich!!!
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Henrykiss

over 4 years ago arielleclementine

these are classy, classy brownies! nice work!

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over 4 years ago seemeredithcook

I have issues with orange and chocolate as a combination...but these sound ridiculously amazing. Mad props for such an original idea!

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over 4 years ago aargersi

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Thanks ICP! It's really a whisper of orange ... a hint of mint ... a subtle bite of feta ... and a big dark chocolate whallop upside the head.

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over 4 years ago ENunn

Yes: Mmmmmmm! I can almost taste them now.

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over 4 years ago aargersi

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Thanks you guys for all of the nice comments! If you prefer a slightly cakier brownie you could add a bit more flour too ...

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over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Wow! These look awesome! I think this gets bumped up to the top of the dessert category.

Stringio

over 4 years ago testkitchenette

Yum! Great idea, I make brownies with slices of cream cheese in the batter, these sound amazing!

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over 4 years ago coffeefoodwritergirl

These look wonderful!!

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over 4 years ago Helenthenanny

Woah!! Awesome!! Really really clever aargersi!!!

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over 4 years ago drbabs

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Brownies with feta cheese!? Very creative, aargersi!

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over 4 years ago aargersi

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Why thank you! Did I mention they are rich? :-) (drinking ginger tea to balance) - and by the way my feta hating husband LOVES these!!