Chocolate & Cherry Brownies
Rich, decadent and completely irresistible Chocolate & Cherry Brownies. I love delicious homemade brownies, especially with more decadent goodness added to it. These brownies are chocolatey, soft and filled with chunks of juicy cherries. Cherries and chocolate are such a classic combination so you really cant go wrong here. Brownies are something I prepare when I need a quick and low effort dessert They really are super easy to make, baked in one pan, cut into slices and ready to enjoy. I love to eat them warm, but you can also place them in an air tight container and save them for later.
About this recipe
Whenever I need to prepare a quick dessert, I often turn to the good old brownies. This is quiet surprising as for the longest time, I was not a fan of brownies. They were not a part of our childhood, Serbian dessert repertoire. Nor are they really a Serbian dessert at all. But, all it took was for me to start making these at home from scratch, and I started to love them. Especially when they are fudgy and freshly warm out of the oven.
The fun thing about brownies is that you can always add new ingredients, add more flavour and therefore create even more delicious brownies. I have had a jar of pitted cherries sitting in my pantry and it was time to use them. Instead of making the Serbian Sour Cherry & Filo Pastry Pie, I opted for brownies as it requires simple pantry ingredients I always have on hand. You can use fresh cherries. However if they are not in season for you, like they are not for us, simply drain a jar of pitted cherries and use them in this recipe. Cherries from a jar are usually a lot cheaper as well (depending on where you live).
Making the brownies
The brownie is, of course, so easy to make. Before you begin, pre-heat your oven to 180°C. Simply melt the butter and chocolate, and transfer into a large mixing bowl. Allow this to cool for at least 5 minutes before whisking in the granulated sugar. Add in the 4 eggs, one at a time, mixing each egg into the batter before adding the next one. However only mix in each egg until just combined. If you overmix each egg, the brownies may turn out too chewy. The next step is to add the sieved flour, cocoa powder and baking powder Be sure to sieve these ingredients as you do not want any clumps in your brownies. Finally, add half of the pitted cherries to the batter and combine.
Transfer the brownie batter into a pan, already lined with baking paper. Spread the batter out evenly across the pan and into all of the corners. Then, with your hands, add the remaining pitted cherries, one by one. Place them evenly across the batter and gently press them down. Bake the Chocolate & Cherry Brownies in the oven at 180°C for 35 – 40 minutes, or until a sharp knife comes out clean. Remember oven heat can vary so keep an eye out. Once baked, allow the brownies to slightly cool before serving.
Melt the chocolate & butter properly: Melt the chocolate and butter over low heat or use a double boiler to avoid burning. Stir constantly until smooth.
The cherries; You can use fresh cherries, but make sure to remove the pip from each one individually. Alternatively, use pitted cherries from a jar. You can find these in the canned section of your supermarket, usually with other canned fruits.
Avoid overmixing the batter: When combining the wet and dry ingredients, mix until just combined. Overmixing can lead to dense brownies.
Add only half of the cherries to the batter: Fold in the chopped cherries into the brownie batter just before pouring it into the pan. This distributes the cherries evenly throughout the brownies.
Adjust baking time: Since the cherries release some moisture, the brownies may take a little longer to bake. Check for doneness by inserting a sharp knife into the center; it should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
Let the brownies cool before slicing: Allow the brownies to slightly cool in the pan before cutting them. This helps them set and prevents them from crumbling.
Be sure to refer to the recipe instructions for precise measurements and steps. Enjoy making your homemade Chocolate & Cherry Brownies!
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I hope that you enjoy these rich and decadent Chocolate & Cherry Brownies. Homemade brownies are the best, and with cherries, these really are delicious. Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. If you have a moment, please leave this recipe a rating. I would love to hear what you think, and if you make this recipe or have any questions, you can find me over on Instagram. You can also find a quick video of this recipe over on my TikTok.
|200g unsalted butter, melted|
|200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped & melted|
|200g caster sugar|
|100g all purpose flour (sieved)|
|20g cocoa powder (sieved)|
|1tsp baking powder|
|250g pitted cherries, drained and rinsed|