Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

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Brownies are a crowd favorite and for good reason. Nearly everyone loves chocolate and brownies are easy to make and no fuss to eat – just grab one and bite – no forks necessary.

There are thousands of variations for brownies and these take the chocolate flavor to a fruity, chewy place with the addition of dried cherries.

My father’s wife Rose made these recently for a church bake sale, but since the recipe makes so many, she was thoughtful enough to bring me some too. They’re good enough to eat on their own, but since they contained dried cherries, why not serve them with fresh cherries that are in season right now, and a heaping scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream. All those in favor say “aye.”

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Chocolate Cherry Brownies

(From Family Circle Magazine)

printable recipe here

  • 1 cup dried cherries (soaked in water for 15 minutes to plump, then drained)
  • 1/2 lb. unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces bitter baking chocolate
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Combine butter and baking chocolate in a microwavable bowl and heat in microwave until melted. Whisk together until blended.

In a separate bowl place 2 cups sugar and whisk in the four eggs, one at a time. Blend in the flour, salt, and vanilla extract. Add the butter and chocolate mixture and the cherries and 3/4 cup of the mini chocolate chips.

Pour into a 10 x 15 inch jelly roll pan that has been lined with nonstick foil. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Cool on a rack in the pan, then lift out the brownies with the aluminum foil and place on a cutting board.

Cut into 24 brownies. (Rose uses a pizza cutter and a yardstick to get uniform squares.)

 

15 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those brownies look irresistible! What a lovely combination.

Cheers,

Rosa

lisa is cooking said...

A brownie with a scoop of ice cream is a perfect match. The fresh cherries on the side look fantastic too. Now I want a brownie for breakfast!

Stacey Snacks said...

I have a ton of fresh cherries here waiting for some inspiration!

Peter M said...

Cherries and chocolate pair wonderfully and I like red wine with both!

The Food Hunter said...

I love the chocolate cherry combo of these brownies.

Claudia said...

Chocolate and cherry should get married and live happily ever after - they're that good together. Now the addition of a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream with fresh cherries just makes these brownies a summertime festivity.

bellini said...

Now this is the perfect way to enjoy my cherries, with some chocolate.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

They sound like a wonderful sweet treat!

Linda said...

These look wonderful Linda...
I never met a cherry I did not like!

lerocherhotel said...

so yummy! would love to taste one right now! a perfect combination!

Barbara said...

These look yummy, Linda. Cherries and chocolate are a perfect pairing - and so is the vanilla ice cream!

Marysol said...

Aye!

Plain, classic brownies are wonderful. But paired with cherries, it becomes a star of flavors and textures that demand center stage.

Have a good weekend, Linda!

Mary ♥ Mur said...


oh.. so nice post.)
Love your blog.))

I now spend a survey of bloggers with such questions.
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2. For whom you taking him? Want to be popular?
3. How long will it keep going?

Elra's cooking and baking said...

yummy!!! Give anything treat that has cherry in it, I'll be the most greediest person on that room.

Your brownies sound delicious!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Dangerous for cherry lovers like me!