Blood Orange Brownies

Can we just take a minute to jam on my subpar brownie cutting abilities. I know presentation is everything, especially in blogging, but I like to think you come here for the stories, too. 

I was reading one of those Buzzfed things about musicians and celebrities who were banned from SNL. Turns out Frank Zappa was banned from the show because of something called "mugging" (I don't actually know what that means) and also because he was adamantly against drug use. I guess the cast of SNL, at the time, took a different stance. No judgment, I just think Frank Zappa might be the most interesting person in the world. 

Listen to him speak to it for a second, somewhat profanely, but not too outrageously, mostly to make a point. 

See what I'm saying, interesting. I mean being a musician in his time was a lot about using, but I just think it's brave to take a different stance. To do what you feel instead of what you see everyone else doing, even if it ends up futile, which it won't. I mean can you imagine how many kids went to see The Mothers of Invention, what was, at it's time one of the wildest bands out there, thinking that if they wanted to be like Zappa they'd have to stay clean. I think there's some magic in having that kind of influence over young people and using it to promote organic creativity. The idea that this wild spirit that moves him to perform, and write, and make music just lives inside him, without needing any provocation. I think there's beauty in that.

Like I said, I think it's brave. Let's all burn some bridges in our own careers and go way against the grain. No? Okay, maybe I'm getting carried away, but I'm definitely going to work on getting more conviction in my life. For what? Not sure, but this is happening.  

Aside from designating Frank Zappa as my official guru, I also made brownies. I used the recipe from Domestic Fits. I added a bit of blood orange zest to make them orange flavored brownies. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 /14 cups of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest - I used a blood (Moro) orange
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup of flour


  • Pre-heat oven to 325°
  • Mix up cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, salt and butter. It should look really grainy and make sure it's all one color and constancy. 
  • Mix in eggs and orange zest.
  • Sift in flour.
  • Grease a 9 x 9 pan, before adding batter.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes on middle rack.