It’d been too long since I made brownies. These were fudgy and made with a little something extra.
Brandied cherries. Easy to make. The hardest part is waiting.
Dissolve 2 cups of sugar in 4 cups of brandy in a sterilized 2-3 quart glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Add 2 lbs of fresh sweet cherries with the stems and pits removed. Cover the jar and let those babies sit in the fridge for six weeks. That’s right, six weeks. Sorry to make you wait so long for these brownies. But hey, these cherries will keep in the fridge for up to a year! You can drink that brandy! And then you’ll have something special for all kinds of cakes and cocktails. Maybe ice cream, too? Or Valentine’s Day pancakes.
But for now I’ll have my cherries a little tipsy and with chocolate…
Enjoy these with plenty of milk! Or red wine. Depends on the night.
boozy cherry brownies
adapted from Bon Appetit via epicurious
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup halved or quartered brandied cherries (instructions from Saveur)
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
- powdered sugar
Heat oven to 350°F. Butter a 13 x 8-1/2 inch baking dish. Start melting butter in 2- or 3-quart pot on low heat. Add unsweetened chocolate and stir until smooth. Remove the pot from the heat. Mix in the sugar. Mix in the eggs one at a time.
Add the vanilla extract, flour and cinnamon. Stir until just blended. Mix in the cherries and chocolate chips.
Pour batter into buttered pan. Bake for about 35 minutes, but check the brownies before then. They’re done when the edges are firm and a knife or toothpick inserted into the center comes out only with a few crumbs.
Use a mesh strainer to dust the brownies with powdered sugar.
Let the brownies cool before cutting in so they don’t crumble. But if they do, just add ice cream!
Note: I did a half batch because it was a Bridget Jones watching party of only a few people. I didn’t exactly want 32 brownies sitting around here. Anyway, a half batch was done baking at 25 minutes.