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Orange steamed brownie cups

Photo: Isabelle Thompson

A hot, freshly baked dessert that can be cooked while you wash up the dinner dishes.

Meet your new favourite tramping treat: brownie in a compostable cup. These funky-looking steamed puddings are surprisingly easy and can be adapted to suit a host of dietary requirements. You could also try different flavour combinations such as swapping the cocoa and chocolate for raisins and coconut or add a dash of ground ginger for a spicy warm undertone.

Cost: $4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Serves: 2

Two 300x300mm squares of tinfoil
Pot with lid
Handful of small rocks (enough to create a 30mm layer on the bottom of your pot)

¼ cup flour
1 tbsp oats
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
¾ tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
¼ cup chopped walnuts
1 tbsp chocolate chips
¼ cup water
2 oranges

Before departure, mix all dry ingredients and put in a container or ziplock bag.

When ready for consumption, tip the dry mix into a pot and add the water. Stir gently until just combined. Add a dash more water if the mixture looks too thick. 

Cut the top off the oranges about one-quarter of the way down and keep the ‘lids’ to one side. With a spoon or sharp knife, hollow out the orange flesh (consume or put aside for tomorrow’s porridge), taking care to not puncture the skin. 

Spoon the pudding mixture into the orange vessels and put the lids back on. Wrap each orange tightly in a sheet of tinfoil, curling the tinfoil corners together at the top to form a handle. 

Place the stones in the bottom of the pot and add 20-30mm of water, ensuring the stones are not fully covered. Put the oranges on top of the stones and bring the water to a boil. Put the lid on the pot and turn down the heat to steam bake for 20-25min, checking after 15min that the water hasn’t evaporated and top up as necessary. 

At 20min, carefully remove one hot orange parcel and carefully open the tinfoil. Pop off the lid to check the consistency of the mixture. If it’s too gooey for your liking, put it back on the heat for another 5min. 

When ready, turn off the heat and remove both parcels to consume.