Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe November is flying by and Thanksgiving is next week. I wanted to take a break from Thanksgiving/Christmas baking and made these brownies with 3 things that I like: cherries, chocolate and wine. I know, it is not cherry season anymore but you can still bake with maraschino cherries.
These fudgy brownies with crispy top will make you want to eat more than one…maybe two… maybe three squares.
Let’s start with the recipe.
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (I used Brix Chocolate)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup red wine (You’ll reduce it to 1/2 cup)
3/4 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
1.- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.
2.- In a small saucepan, pour wine and reduce it to 1/2 cup. This will take about 8-10 minutes. Let it cool.
3.- In a medium bowl, sift cocoa powder, flour and salt. Set aside.
4.- In another saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Once the butter is melted, add the chopped chocolate, stir constantly until the chocolate is melted completely. Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes.
5.- In the same saucepan, add brown sugar, white sugar and melted chocolate. Add in eggs, one at a time, mix well. Add dry ingredients.
6.- Add in vanilla and reduced red wine. Mix well.
7.- Add maraschino cherries. Mix.
8- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
9.- Let it cool completely and then cut into squares.