Mmm, Orange and Feta Brownies. Doesn't this recipe sound delicious? No? Well, it didn't get a lot of love when I originally posted it back in 2007. But honestly, these brownies are really good. I haven't made them since posting because I rarely make chocolate-orange flavored things, but they were good.
This recipe for Orange Feta Brownies, sounds like it’s from Food and Wine or Bon Appetit, but is actually from Nestle’s “Very Best Baking” site. At one point I was able to link to the original recipe, but since this post is 13 years old it makes sense that Nestle moved things around. The link no longer works and I couldn't find it on their site, so you'll have to take my word for it that the brownies are delicious. They also solve the problem of what to do when you have ⅓ cup of feta you need to get rid of.
No Liqueur, No Problem!
The Orange Feta Brownies call for orange liqueur, but I didn’t have any and used some boiled-down orange juice instead. It worked wonderfully and the brownies are amazingly good – not unlike a Cadbury Chocolate Orange in brownie form. I’ve retyped the recipe below as I made it, but the original is here. P.S. You can use whatever brand dark chocolate you want, but since Nestle was nice enough to formulate this recipe, I left the product name in the recipe.
Orange and Feta Brownies
- 1 ⅔ cups 10-oz. pkg. NESTLÉ CHOCOLATIER™ 53% Cacao Dark Chocolate Morsels, divided use
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup butter cut into pieces
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 large eggs
- 1 to 2 tablespoons orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier or reduced oranges juice (see note)
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup crumbled traditional feta cheese
- 1 to 2 teaspoons orange zest
- Preheat oven to 325º F. Line an 8 inch square metal pan with non-stick foil.
- Set aside 2 tablespoons of the chocolate morsels – you will be melting them and drizzling.
- In a large saucepan, heat 1 cup of the morsels, sugar, butter and water over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate and butter are just melted. Remove from heat. Let cool slightly (about 3 minutes). Stir in eggs, one at a time, until mixed in. Stir in liqueur or concentrated orange juice (see my note). Add flour and salt; stir well. Stir in cheese, remaining morsels (except reserved 2 tablespoons) and orange zest. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bang the metal pan on the counter to bring air bubbles to top.
- Bake for 35 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out still slightly sticky. Remove pan from oven and set it in a larger pan (roasting pan). Fill roasting pan with ice water so that it comes halfway up sides of small pan. Allow the brownies to cool to room temp in the ice water bath. When cool, melt remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate and drizzle decoratively over brownies. Chill thoroughly. Cut into squares.