Chocolate Cherry Brownies
These Chocolate Cherry Brownies we made for Tuesdays With Dorie as our pick today from Baking Chez Moi were pretty easy, are super fudgy and dare I say it—delicious. I mean, I wouldn’t really know how good they are, since I didn’t eat them, but just look—perfectly fudgy brownies and in my opinion, you can’t go wrong adding cherries to chocolate!
I followed Dorie’s recipe exactly, except instead of red wine or port added to plump up the dried cherries, I used POM Wonderful Pomegranate juice. I think any red juice would work just fine. These are a “traditional” brownie with chocolate and butter melted together, the sugar and eggs added, then the salt, pepper (wait, pepper is not so traditional, but a fun addition), and flour. Stir in some cherries and finely chopped chocolate and bake. Easy!
Dorie suggested cutting these brownies when they are just warm or barely at room temperature. Normally I chill brownies before cutting, but I did what she said and these cut just fine. I saw others in the group mentioning their brownies needed a much longer bake time than Dorie suggested, but mine were perfect at 28 minutes. The bottom of the pan was still slightly warm when I cut them and they were easy to cut! Dorie did suggest cutting them into 25 squares and I only did 16. My oldest said these were great. I have a feeling he’ll be eating at least 95% of the brownies (or all of them). Kevin doesn’t like fruit with chocolate. (Crazy, crazy man.)
I didn’t want to feel left out this week, so I made a gluten free, organic sugar version of these with half a recipe in a 9x5 inch bread pan. I even used apple juice sweetened cranberries (all pomegranate juice, instead of half juice half water). I used an organic 70% dark chocolate and I used some gluten free pastry flour. I think they are great! Mine are a little more crumbly. They might be perfect if I’d have checked them earlier and only baked them about 20 minutes. I took them out of the oven after 23 minutes.
I’m happy. Scott is happy. (Parker is at scout camp this week, and the other two boys cringed when they heard they have cherries.) If you’re looking for a super easy, but slightly changed up brownie with cherries added, try this recipe. Oh, you’ll need to get Baking Chez Moi for the recipe! If you’re interested in my gluten free version, let me know and I’ll send you my version of the recipe!
Gluten Free Chocolate Cherry Brownies
Check out the other Tuesday With Dorie participants’ Chocolate Cherry Brownies for more chocolaty goodness!