We had a week last week. By the time the weekend finally arrived, it was clear we were going to need a little something special to recover. I settled on Orange Basil Brownies and they fixed us right up!
These basil brownies can right a lot of wrongs. Eila will tell you that even if you have a pretty extensive surgery on the bones in your arm, a surgery that ends up taking over an hour longer than the doctor said it would and has your mother in full blown panic mode in the hospital waiting room, these Orange Basil Brownies will still put a smile on your face.
Adelaide will tell you that even after your first week of preschool, during which you catch some sort of virus leaving you feverish and sad by Saturday, these Orange Basil Brownies still taste awfully good. Esme, who accidentally caught Adelaide’s preschool virus, will wholeheartedly concur.
Baby Rory, well he’s not going to say a word about these brownies. But his tired mama, who didn’t find quite enough hours to sleep in a week filled with hospital visits, multiple trips to the pediatrician, and four kids who needed a lot of extra love, recommends these basil brownies as just the right spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.
And if that wasn’t testimony enough to convince you just how extra special these brownies are, let me tell you about the Basil. Fresh basil in a chocolate, fudgy brownie is so good. It’s a turn-that-frown-upside-down delicious combination.
But don’t take my word for it . . . try them!
- ¾ cup raw walnuts
- ½ cup fresh basil, tightly packed
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate; coarsely chopped
- ¾ cup butter
- 1½ cups white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 drops orange oil, or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8x8 brownie pan with parchment paper.
- In a food processor, combine walnuts and basil. Pulse once or twice until a crumbled mixture forms. Set aside.
- In a medium glass bowl, microwave the butter and chocolate at 50% power for 3 to 4 minutes, or until butter has melted.
- Whisk until chocolate has melted. Stir in sugar, eggs, vanilla, orange oil, salt, and the walnut basil mixture. Gradually add flour and stir until just combined.
- Spread the batter into the prepared brownie pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Do not over bake.
- Cool completely before cutting.