Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bloody Good: Blood Orange Olive Oil Brownies

In honor of this spooky time of the year, a recipe involving blood is required.

This recipe is delicious, but it's not really my recipe, and that's where the "trick" comes in with my treat (you get both). The trick is I used boxed brownie mix. But not any old version of add-oil-and-egg-to-the-powdered mix. I used San Francisco's own, Ghiradelli dark chocolate mix, which does not dissappoint when it comes to achieving a deep dark chocolate flavor without being masked with ridiculous amounts of sugar. Blood orange, or orange olive oil can be purchased at your local olive oil shop or probably even some fancy Whole Foods Whole Paycheck type grocery store. I picked up my bottle from We Olive in Belmont Shores where I've done many a olive oil tasting with the amazing owners, Debby and Phil.

The combination of dark chocolate and sweet-mellow citrus in a moist brownie is alluring and delicious. Blood orange is special because it has less of a stringent flavor and more of a sweet orange with a slight raspberry/strawberry note. I paired the brownies with homemade macerated strawberry blood orange olive oil ice cream and the combination was sensational per my guests "orgasmic" compliments.

So much for scaring them with blood!

Blood Orange Dark Chocolate Brownies

1 box Ghiradelli brownie mix
1 egg
1/3 cup blood orange olive oil
1/3 cup water

Follow direction on the back of the box!


SassyAgapi said...

yum! i'm going to have to pick up some orange olive oil from my local bar & try this one! thanks Anna:)

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bigzeez said...

Got to check out that place at Belmont shores. Nice recipe

Helen said...

Chocolate and orange are a great combo. Ghirardelli chocolate chips are phenomenal! I don't think I have ever seen orange olive oil before. Too bad there isn't a Belmont shores in my hood. Maybe Grand Marnier will do as a substitution?

Peter M said...

Trick or Treat...gimme something good to eat! ;) I love these on yet?

Anna A. said...

SassyAgapi - Awesome! Let me know what you think.

Bigzeez - You're lucky to live so close - We Olive is amazing! All Cali oils.

Helen - Hmmm I like where you're going with the Grand Marnier option. You could use regular olive oil and grand marnier?

Peter - Thanks! I got them online - they are nordicware.

Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Enjoy Halloween...mmm...the blood orange olive oil sounds divine in this Anna. Another one of your clever pairings!

Esi said...

Cute little brownies. Sounds really interesting with blood orange olive oil.

elra said...

I am sold Anna :)

Diana said...

I've always been a boxed brownie fan and Ghiradelli's is certainly a winner! Wish I could have been there to try one of these tasty Halloweenish treats!

stuffycheaks said...

I bet it was scary good. MMmm i LOVE blood orange.. in a cocktail :)

sophia said...

Girl, this ain't scary at all...because all I wanna do is to dive in!! Bloody tempting, indeed!

Anna A. said...

Peter - Hah *blushing* thanks. I got the idea from We Olive in Long Beach ;)or else I wish I could claim responsibility.

Esi - I'm in love with Nordic ware!

Elra - Now will you make me some bread?! ;)

Diana - Box brownies are actually my favorite :)

Stuffycheaks - I second that!

Sophia - swan dive?

Nicolette said...

Mmm... With blood orange ice-cream? So good!

Anna A. said...

Nicolette - I would love to try making it with blood orange ice cream next time. That would be like an amazing orange julius but better and rosier :)