Sunday, June 27, 2010

Orange Brownies

This title is misleading. They are not even a little bit related to brownies. There is no chocolate. They are just bar cookies that taste like a little bit of orange-infused heaven.

The general concensus at my birthday gathering last night was that they taste like Froot Loops, minus the "weird sketchy aftertaste." (That's good.) The icing is imperative because it makes the top kind of crispy and delicious. It is definitely very buttery and I wouldn't make it again unless I could figure out a way to make it with some kind of substitute. But yum! And they're still delicious the next day.

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Orange Brownies
Paula Deen

"I've had the opportunity to make so many new friends in the restaurant. Robin Wilson from Altamonte Springs, Florida, is one of those. Robin recently was one of a hundred finalists in the 39th Pillsbury Bake-off, where she won a side-by-side refrigerator and a trip to San Francisco. As she and her husband were enjoying lunch at The Lady and Sons, she mentioned her Orange Brownies, and she was happy to share the recipe. Thanks, Robin, and good luck to ya in your next bake-off! Get that gold, girl!" - Paula Deen

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 sticks butter, softened
4 eggs
2 tsp pure orange extract
1 tsp grated orange zest
Glaze:
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp grated orange zest

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and set aside. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter, eggs, orange extract, and orange zest and beat with a handheld electric mixer until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven and pierce top of entire cake with a fork.

3. Glaze:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Pour glaze over cake. Cool cake and cut into squares.

Yield: 2 dozen

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