Chocolate-Orange Icing

September 15, 2007

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This easy confectioner’s sugar icing is perfect for Orange Brownies. It also makes a great icing for sheet cakes you leave in the baking pan. If you want a flavor other than orange, trade out the orange liqueur for raspberry or almond or lemon, whatever strikes your fancy. SAM

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
1 ounce unsweetened baker’s chocolate
2 tablespoons half-and-half
2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
Dash of salt
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
4 tablespoons toasted, sliced almonds

In the top of a double boiler over simmering water, melt together the butter and chocolate. Stir in the half-and-half. Add the confectioner’s sugar, salt, and orange liqueur, stirring until smooth. Spread over the top of the cooled brownies or a cake and sprinkle with almonds.
Makes enough icing for 2 dozen brownies or one 13 x 9 x 2-inch cake.