Cherry Chocolate Brownies

These ordinary looking brownies pack a gourmet punch. With the addition of wine rehydrated dried fruit, these Cherry Chocolate Brownies were rich, super fudgy and irresistible.

Cherry Chocolate Brownies |  Super dense, fudgy and full of wine infused dried cherriesFudgy Cherry Chocolate Brownies

As the bloggers in my Dorie Greenspan cooking groups are well aware, additions like nuts or dried fruit in desserts are frowned upon by my husband. So when I spotted dried cherries and ruby port or fruity red wine in the ingredients, I knew these brownies weren’t going to fly. I only soaked a quarter cup of the cherries and sprinkled them over one designated section of my batter. These were the brownies I took for my girlfriends to sample, and I wasn’t surprised that I got an overwhelmingly positive response. As for the 3/4 batch without any fruit, well, the purists raved about them, too. A winning recipe no matter how you shake it.

Cherry Chocolate Brownies |  Super dense, fudgy and full of wine infused dried cherries

Not a Beauty Contest Winner, But Definitely Worth the Effort

These brownies bake up with a dull finish, cut a little awkwardly with the smattering of dried fruit, but their looks can deceive. This one bowl recipe is easy to whip up, yet may be one of the better chocolate concoctions to come out of my kitchen. With both melted chocolate and chocolate shards, die hard chocoholics will get their fix. And Dorie’s explicit instructions for reconstituting the fruit, using cold eggs, under baking, almost guarantee success. Though a few of the Doristas found they needed more than the 27-29 minute baking time, I found 30 minutes to be perfect. I kept these cherry chocolate brownies chilled where they transformed to almost a fudge-like state. I think you might want to give these a try.

Cherry Chocolate Brownies |  Super dense, fudgy and full of wine infused dried cherries

 

Cherry Chocolate Brownies

Serves 36 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins

A Dorie Greenspan one bowl brownie recipe slightly adapted from BHG

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons fruity red wine or ruby port
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, cold
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate or 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate pieces

Instructions

  1. Position oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 325º. Line an 8x8x2-inch pan with non-stick foil. Or use regular foil and butter. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the wine or port and water to boiling. Add dried cherries; cook and stir over low heat until the fruit is soft and plump and liquid evaporates. Place the cherries into a bowl to cool.
  3. Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (be sure that the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl). Place the butter in the bowl and add the chocolate. Heat until the chocolate is almost melted . Remove bowl from the heat. Stir until butter and chocolate are smooth.
  4. Whisk in the sugar until fully incorporated. Add eggs one at a time, stirring until batter is smooth and glossy. Whisk in salt. Gently whisk in the flour, stirring just till combined. Using a spatula, stir in the port-soaked cherries and any liquid and the remaining 4½ ounces chopped chocolate. Pour the batter into prepared pan and smooth the top.
  5. Bake 27-29 minutes (longer if needed, but be careful not to over-bake). Place pan on a cooling rack. When cooled, carefully flip the brownies onto a cutting board. Peel away the foil, flip them back over, then cut into 36 squares.

Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per Serving As Served
    Calories 94kcal Calories from fat 39
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 4g 6%
    Saturated Fat 3g 15%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 15mg 5%
    Sodium 14mg 1%
    Carbohydrate 14g 5%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 12g
    Protein 1g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories 2000
    Total Fat Less than 65g
    Sat Fat Less than 25g
    Cholesterol Less than 300mg
    Sodium Less than 2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate 300g
    Dietary Fiber 25g
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    Comments

    1. LOL – no diored fruits or nuts in baked goods either, eh? Oh well, I am glad that they were appreciated both with and without the cherries. I thought this was a great recipe.

    2. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

      It’s time for all things cherry! Your brownies sound really good:@)

    3. These brownies look so incredibly fudgy!

    4. Chocolate and cherries! I need to get cherries! 😀

    5. Dear Lizzy, I will take the side with the wine and cherries. What a beautiful and elegant dessert. This sounds wonderful dear. I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. xo, Catherine

    6. These brownies sound amazing. I’d happily eat from either section! And I’m glad I’m not the only one who sometimes has different ‘sections’ for her food – one to blog about, and one for the rest of my family to eat!

    7. What a nice idea ! Cherrys and chocolate it’s nearly like “mon cherie” from Ferrero ! Love it !!

    8. I love how moist they look!

    9. Liz, love this combination!!! Cherries + chocolate . . YUM!!!

    10. These are stunning, Liz! So fudgy and delicious! Love the wine soaked cherries!

    11. Just delicious Lizzy! Always you amazing me!
      I love cherries! I have to save this recipe for our next summer!
      Love this!
      xoxox

    12. These look so fudgy and moist! And I LOVE the combination of chocolate and cherry so much!

    13. LOVE one bowl recipes…especially when chocolate and wine are involved! And cherries =) P.s. Your husband is lucky to have such an accommodating wifey =)

    14. These look crazy moist and delicious. 😀

    15. Glad that you were able to make these. These did satisfy my chocolate tooth. My son ate them but he is a purest like your hubby. No fruit next time.

    16. Mmm, perfectly fudgy. Those look delicious. I was thinking chocolate raspberry was my favorite, but it might be chocolate cherry. 😉

    17. I love how rich and fudgy these brownies look, absolute perfection!

    18. Let’s get something straight here. These are not ordinary looking brownies. These are gooey, fudgey looking brownies that sound totally delectable. And with cherries? I am ready!

    19. Now that’s what I call having the cherry in the chocolate cake. Moist perfection, Liz.

    20. Never thought of cherry brownies.. sounds like the best idea for cherry season.. totally in love with it

    21. With cherries alone they sound amazing, add red wine I am so sold! They look amazing, even cute 😉

    22. Cherries in brownies are a great idea.

    23. Although I don’t eat too many brownies, these definitely reminded me more of fudge! And that’s a very, very good thing. Stunning photos, as always. Thanks for finding the recipe – someone on my FB page asked for it and I will link her to you!

    24. Now I’m trying to remember whether I still have any of these in the freezer. I sure hope so! I’m with you, they’re really delicious cold…I’m also impressed by the way you adapted these so Bill could enjoy some and you could still try out the cherries.

    25. After reading wine reconstituted cherries I went blank… and with chocolate! I can very well imagine they are awesome, but you saying that they are one of the best chocolate concoctions ever to come out of your kitchen, that Liz, is definite proof! Must try this recipe asap!

    26. Wine-soaked cherries just stopped me in my tracks! That sounds so good with chocolate. I love coming across new twists on brownies, and this is one I need to try!

    27. Lizzy,
      I love cherries and chocolate. I would eat the whole batch.
      Annamaria

    28. Guys would love these. Not sure I can face all that chocolate to make them for them but miracles have happened here before. 🙂

    29. There are warning signs flashing and flags waving as I read this and look at the pictures. Without a doubt I will be the only person in my family to eat these and moderate indulgence will be thrown out the window. I shall wait until after the weddings for these!

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