Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fresh Cherry Chocolate Brownies

Sweet cherries are in peak season and I couldn't resist picking up a big bag full of those beautiful dark red orbs on one of my last shopping trips. After snacking our way through them for a week, we still had quite a few left, so I decided to make a dessert to help use them up.

Cherry and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations, but most recipes I have (and that I could find online) call for dried cherries. Those obviously weren't going to work, so I decided to kind of wing it. I knew that brownies could be a little forgiving in terms of their moisture content, so went ahead and added fresh chopped cherries to my favorite brownie recipe. The results were delicious - very chocolaty, with just a hint of that sweet cherry flavor scattered throughout.

If you have a couple of handfuls of cherries hanging around in your fridge, I highly recommend giving them a try!

Fresh Cherry Chocolate Brownies
(Serves 12... or less, depending on how your degree of chocoholicness)

1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. water
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2/3 c. flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped and pitted fresh cherries

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease an 8x8 baking dish with oil or butter, or line with parchment paper.
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, butter and water over high heat. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and add 1 cup chocolate chips (saving 1/2 cup for later). Mix until chocolate is fully melted. Add cocoa powder, eggs and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Add to chocolate mixture. Mix until well combined.
Stir in chopped cherries and remaining 1/2 c. chocolate chips.
Spread into prepared baking dish. Bake at 325°F for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
Cool completely before cutting (if you can resist!).


Shari TheSaucyGourmet said...

Chocolate and cherries, yum!

Spencer said...

Chocolate and cherries is my favourite combination!

Medeja said...

This sounds amazing! Using cherries for brownies.. yummy!

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