I decided to (attempt to) provide you all with twelve days of holiday recipes up until Christmas. How ambitious of me.
Every holiday needs brownies, right?
And some batter to lick.
This recipe is a variation on one that I posted many moons ago. All’s you gotta do is make the caramel and swirl it throughout the batter before baking. Ees so easy, I show yoo.
Cinnamon Orange Swirled Caramel Brownies
Ingredients for the Caramel:
1/2 cup sugar (brown or white)
1/2 to 1 full tsp cinnamon (depending on how much you like cinnamon)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 15-oz can coconut milk, or 2 cups of any other non-dairy milk
1) In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cinnamon and baking soda. Whisk in the milk, and bring to a low boil over medium heat.
2) Simmer the mixture while stirring constantly, allowing the liquid to evaporate. The sugar will caramelize and the sauce will thicken. This should take no longer than an hour. Remove from heat when the sauce is reduced by about half.
3) Grate the orange over the sauce, allowing the zest to fall straight into the caramel (this method will ensure all the oils from the orange peel will land in the caramel). Squeeze in half the juice. If you want a stronger orange flavor, add a quarter teaspoon of orange extract, or a splash of orange liqueur.
To make the brownies, follow this recipe. Once you spread the batter into the pan, drizzle or spoon the caramel evenly over it (you’ll probably have leftover caramel, but hey, what’s to complain about?). Take a knife and swirl it around.
Who wants to go swimming?
Bake 30-35 minutes, until the edges are dry and set. Cool for at least half an hour, then freeze. Definitely freeze them, as they will be easier to cut.
The combination of cinnamon and orange adds some nice depth to the caramel, and of course, complements the chocolate. I substituted almond extract for vanilla in the brownie batter because I like the sophistication it brings to chocolate, and it goes well with the orange and cinnamon (but I only used about 1/2 a teaspoon, as almond extract is much stronger). Also, it has just occurred to me how awesome these would be with some eggnog…