In honor of this spooky time of the year, a recipe involving blood is required.\
This recipe is delicious, but it’s not really my recipe, and that’s where the “trick” comes in with my treat (you get both). The trick is I used boxed brownie mix. But not any old version of add-oil-and-egg-to-the-powdered mix. I used San Francisco’s own, Ghiradelli dark chocolate mix, which does not dissappoint when it comes to achieving a deep dark chocolate flavor without being masked with ridiculous amounts of sugar. Blood orange, or orange olive oil can be purchased at your local olive oil shop or probably even some fancy Whole Foods store. I picked up my bottle from We Olive in Belmont Shores where I’ve done many an olive oil tasting with the amazing owners, Debby and Phil.
The combination of dark chocolate and sweet-mellow citrus in a moist brownie is alluring and delicious. Blood orange is special because it has less of a stringent flavor and more of a sweet orange with a slight raspberry/strawberry note. I paired the brownies with homemade macerated strawberry blood orange olive oil ice cream and the combination was sensational per my guests “orgasmic” compliments.
So much for scaring them with blood!
Blood Orange Dark Chocolate Brownies
1 box Ghiradelli brownie mix
1/3 cup blood orange olive oil
1/3 cup water
Follow direction on the back of the box!