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Easy Choc Brownies

Orange Pistachio Chocolate Brownie


Easy Choc Brownies


This recipe is a perfect example of my new style of cooking. Since starting to Skip the Supermarket I have been planning the family meals around what I have available, rather than choosing a recipe and buying food to make it.

One of the lovely mums at my Mother’s Group made her own Vanilla Extract and gave me a bottle as a gift. I pondered what was a worthy dish to make with it.

In my cupboard I had: 

  • Fresh pistachio nuts from the Farmers Market
  • Oranges from my parents recent visit
  • Dark cooking chocolate (always!)

I asked A Fresh Legacy Facebook friends what I should make. One of my readers suggested a brownie – decision made! Thanks Amanda.  Then I saw the announcement for this month’s Sweet Adventure Blog Hop for “Nuts About Sweets”. Perfect!

I am totally addicted to these fresh pistachio nuts. They last about 2 evenings in our house. They are so addictive, and so pretty to look at. I love using them. They are grown near my home-town so that makes me love them even more!

If you love pistachio’s as much as we do – some other recipes I have made include my Apple and Vegetable Cous Cous with pistachio recipe and my Baklava Recipe, (My recipe for the February Sweet Adventure)

Pistachio Nuts


This recipe is based on a recipe I posted a little while back  – Chocolate Coconut Brownie. Brownies are really easy to make and satisfy my chocolate cravings that pop up once in a while.

Vanilla essence


Makes: approximately 12 depending on how big you cut them

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 75 grams of butter
  • 300 grams of chopped chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 90 grams of castor sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract (or essence)
  • 1 and 1/3 cups of plain flour
  • 1/3 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 100 grams of chocolate chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped pistachio nuts
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bi-carbonate soda


  1. Set the oven to 170 degrees

  2. Line a slice tray with baking paper

  3. Add the butter and 300 grams of chocolate to a bowl and sit it over a saucepan of simmering water. The base of the bowl must not touch the water below.

  4. Stir the butter and chocolate until it melts and remove from heat as soon as the chocolate pieces are almost completely melted. Continuing stirring until there are no chocolate pieces left 

  5. Whisk the egg, sugar and vanilla together in a bowl and then add the melted chocolate 

  6. Stir in the flour, bi-carb and baking powder, then add the orange juice and 100 grams of chopped chocolate

  7. Pour the mix into a slice tray lined with baking paper and cook for 20-25 minutes in the oven until the top just starts to crack.

  8. Remove to cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then gently lift out by holding the edges of the baking paper onto a cooking tray

  9. Slice when cool and try not to eat it all in one sitting

This post is part of the monthly Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – the theme this month is “Nuts About Sweets” and is hosted by Dining With A Stud. Visit to find some inspiring and delicious nutty recipes.








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  • Nic@diningwithastud July 16, 2012, 9:48 am

    Brownies are an all time fave for me. Love the combo 🙂 thanks for joining the hop!

  • Linda July 16, 2012, 10:10 am

    The combination of pistachios, chocolate and orange isn’t one I would’ve thought of, but I’m definitely trying it this week!

  • Jennifer @ Delicieux July 16, 2012, 10:53 am

    Your brownies sound fantastic. Especially the combination of orange and pistachio, divine.

  • Katie July 16, 2012, 4:40 pm

    Nothing beats a good old brownie. Strangely enough i’ve never considered adding pistachios, something I’m sure to rectify next time I whip some up!

  • Erin @ she cooks, she gardens July 16, 2012, 6:06 pm

    Mmmm yum, we must have been on the same wavelength with the orange/nut combination, Kyrstie! I have been thinking a lot about brownies lately, it’s been an age since I made them, I might have to give these a shot with the bag of oranges I just picked up from a friends yard. As an aside, how lovely would it be to have a pistachio tree? 🙂

  • Christina @ The Hungry Australian July 18, 2012, 8:10 am

    Love pistachios and oranges and chocolate – a winning combination!

  • Chris July 19, 2012, 10:07 pm

    I haven’t done brownies too often, but I see no explanation, why I shouldn’t try it more often. Yours look luvly and pistacchios seem great to have in them.

  • JJ @ 84thand3rd July 21, 2012, 9:30 pm

    Delicious combo! What a great idea! I’ve never had fresh pistachios before, fabulous that you can get them 🙂

  • Erica (@mixotrophy) July 24, 2012, 11:41 am

    I love these! Pistachio, chocolate and orange is a great combination, I’ll definitely have to try making them. Yum.

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