Orange mocha brownies

Yield: 24 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Unsalted butter; (2 sticks)
4 ounces Unsweetened chocolate
4 ounces Semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
2 cups Granulated sugar
5 \N Eggs
1½ cup Unbleached flour
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
1 tablespoon Coffee extract
1 tablespoon Grated orange zest
1 dash Salt
1½ cup Chopped pecans; optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter and chocolates over hot water or in the microwave. Let cool. Beat sugar and eggs thoroughly; stir in chocolate mixture. Thoroughly stir in the flour, Grand Marnier, coffee extract, orange zest, salt and pecans. Spoon into a greased and floured 9- by 13-inch baking pan; bake for 20 to 25 minutes. The brownies should be quite moist when tested with a cake tester inserted in the center. Let cool, then refrigerate or freeze. To serve, thaw if frozen, or remove the brownies from the refrigerator. Let them return to room temperature; cut into squares or rectangles. Yield: 24 to 30 brownies.

Tester's note: Unable to find coffee extract, I substituted extra-strong coffee (made in a small pot from 4 tablespoons coffee and 8 ounces water).

Another option is to add 1½ teaspoons espresso powder with the flour and other ingredients.

Recipe Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 11-30-1998 By Marian Burros, co-author with Lois Levine of "Elegant But Easy" (Simon & Schuster, $25) Formatted for MasterCook by Susan Wolfe - swolfe1@...

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