Orange Cream Brownies with White Chocolate Ganache

 

Orange Cream Brownies with White chocolate Ganache

Our family loves brownies.  In fact, we are practicing chocolate lovers and always have some form of chocolate displayed openly in our home.  I need to tell you how I bake brownies.  I bake them in bulk.  I use 1 commercially packaged brownie mix and 1 “made from scratch” brownie recipe.  I combine them and bake them in a jelly role pan.  I then divide the baked brownies in half and freeze 1/2 for later.  If you look into my fridge you will see that I always have a container of vanilla buttercream frosting just waiting to spread over the perfect treat.  Most of the time that treat is brownies.  With the stored buttercream frosting I can add whatever flavor I want…mint, orange, extra vanilla and such.

With layered brownies you must resist using commercially packaged brownie mix.  It leaves a crusty top and the layers will not stick to the base as required.  The crusty top flakes off and carries with it the frosting and chocolate layers.  When in doubt, make your brownie base from scratch, or do what I do and use 1 packaged recipe and one “made from scratch” recipe.

You will find that this brownie recipe could be compared to eating a creamsicle and a fudge bar at the same time. I keep these brownies in the fridge and on warm days they are a cool, tasty treat.   They are very rich and you only need a small serving, so enjoy even if you eat them all by yourself.

 

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Orange Cream Brownies with White Chocolate Ganache
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This recipe requires just 1/2 of the "brownies made in bulk" recipe (use 1/2 and freeze 1/2). However, this recipe is designed for a 13 x 9 inch brownie base if you don't want to use the brownie base recipe listed below.
Servings Prep Time
24 servings (depending on how big you cut the brownies) 1 hour
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 servings (depending on how big you cut the brownies) 1 hour
Cook Time
25 minutes
Orange Cream Brownies with White Chocolate Ganache
Print Recipe
This recipe requires just 1/2 of the "brownies made in bulk" recipe (use 1/2 and freeze 1/2). However, this recipe is designed for a 13 x 9 inch brownie base if you don't want to use the brownie base recipe listed below.
Servings Prep Time
24 servings (depending on how big you cut the brownies) 1 hour
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 servings (depending on how big you cut the brownies) 1 hour
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Brownies in Bulk
Orange Cream Frosting
White chocolate Ganache
Servings: servings (depending on how big you cut the brownies)
Instructions
Brownie Base
  1. Prepare the brownie mix first and them add all the remaining ingredients to the brownie batter. Blend together and pour into a greased jelly roll pan. PLEASE NOTE: I place parchment paper on the bottom of the jelly roll pan so once the baked brownie is cool I can remove from it from the pan and divide. I then use 1/3 or 1/2 and freeze the rest.
Orange Cream Frosting
  1. Beat butter and cream together until smooth and add orange juice, orange extract and orange zest and vanilla. Once the orange is incorporated slowly add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until frosting is thick and ready to spread.
White Chocolate Ganache
  1. Heat the cream to a simmer over low heat. You can tell the cream is ready when bubbles appear around the sides of the pan. While cream is heating, place the chocolate chips into a heat resistance bowl. When cream is heated, add to the chocolate chips and let the heat from the cream soften the white chocolate chips. Let sit for a few minutes and stir until the chocolate mixture is smooth.
Assembling the Brownies
  1. Your brownie base (13 x 9 inch) must be completely cool or even frozen. Spread a layer of frosting over the brownie base and place into the fridge or freezer while you make the ganache. When ganache is cooled to lukewarm, spread over the frosting layer and place the brownies back into the fridge to set the chocolate. When ready to serve, slice the brownies with a wet knife and place on serving tray.
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