When I first moved to this side of Kentucky, I missed all the big malls that were in the Louisville area. We pay for the beauty of this side of the state with a bit of isolation. Now, I’ve never been a Mall Rat by any stretch of the imagination, but I did sorely miss things like Cinnabon, The Hallmark Store and Godiva. So I was tickled when I finally got into the “big” city of Lexington (where I lived then was about 3000 people and where I am now about 17,000 for the whole town, but only a few hundred in the area I live in, with NO civilization at all) and found a mall. One of the places I absolutely loved to go to in there was a coffee shop. For the life of me, I can’t remember the name now, but I loved it. Sadly, they closed a few years after I found it. Things like that happen near me. I’m that person who gets into the check out lane and the computer breaks JUST after I set all my groceries down; that person who discovers an amazing new product only to have it discontinued a month after I find it, with no chance to even stock up.
Without fail, every time I went to this shop, I got the same thing, something that I have seen nowhere since (though I make my own version now). It was half coffee, half hot chocolate, with a shot of orange syrup and copious amounts of cinnamon sprinkled on top.. So, so delicious. The flavors of the chocolate, the cinnamon and the orange all combined together into pretty much the perfect coffee drink. When I make it for myself now, it is usually during the Winter and nine times out of ten, I will add a shot of my favorite brandy . What!? It makes it extra delicious and toe warming. 😀
So, when I was deciding what to make here, brownies popped into my head, at which point I smacked myself upside the head and said, “Janet, you just want brownies and you already have 72 different ones here.” So, after telling myself to shut up, I realized myself…erhmmm, I, was correct. I needed to DO something with said brownies. So I turned them into a brownie version of my favorite coffee drink. And oh my, these are decadently delicious. The brownies are soft and fudgy with hints of cinnamon and orange. The glaze is glossy perfection with a chocolate orange taste that is amazing (if I do say so myself). In case you can’t tell, I rather like these. Which is why most are going to work with Russell tomorrow, so I don’t have to be put into a piano case when I die.
You know the drill…
Mrs. Cupcake… who wants to be cremated, not buried in a piano case, thankyouverymuch.
Cinnamon Orange Cappuccino Brownies With An Orange Glaze
- 5 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cup up
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons orange oil , preferably Boyajian
- 3 eggs, room temp
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee or espresso powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon orange oil
- 1/3 cup heavy cream or half and half
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- chocolate covered coffee beans and orange zest for garnish
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9 inch baking pan with foil and butter the bottom of the foil.
- In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate and butter.Microwave at 60% power for 60 seconds, then stir. If not fully melted, microwave at full power for ten seconds; stir. Let cool for five minutes.
- Add the sugar to the chocolate mixture; beat well with a wooden spoon or whisk. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating just until combined. Add in the corn syrup, vanilla extract and the orange oil. beat just until combined.
- Stir in the flour, salt, instant coffee and cinnamon. Beat just until combined.
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake at 325 degrees until the top is matte looking and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs on it.
- Let cool in the pan, on a rack, for about 2 hours or until completely cool.
- Make the glaze- In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate and butter. Microwave at 60% power for about 30 seconds. Stir to help the chocolate finish melting. Add in the rest of the glaze ingredients and beat gently until it is a shiny cohesive glaze. Spread over the cooled brownies. For easier cutting, place the pan of brownies in the fridge for at least an hour to let the glaze set up.
- Cut into small squares; these are rich. Garnish each square with a chocolate covered coffee bean and some orange zest.
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