Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Roasted Cherry Chocolate Brownies OH MY!

You know how much I love roasting grapes, so why not roast some cherries?

These were delicious. As if cherries could be any better, roasting them brings out the sweetness even more and they get almost crystalized from the sugar coating.

Next time I won't even bother with the brownies, I will just eat the roasted cherries with Greek yogurt or serve them on ice cream!

Roasted Cherry Chocolate Brownies (adapted from Annie's Eats):

2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved
1¼ cups plus 2 tbsp. sugar, divided
7 oz. of semisweet chocolate, chopped
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into quarters
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
3 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
sliced almonds for the top

Preheat the oven to 450˚F. Combine the cherries and 2 tablespoons of the sugar in a small roasting pan and toss well to combine. Roast the cherries for 10 minutes, or until they begin to release their juices. Remove the pan from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350˚F.

Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper. Lightly spray the foil with cooking spray.

In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally until smooth (you can also do this in the microwave for 1 minute on low). Whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, the remaining sugar, vanilla and salt; whisk until combined, about 15 seconds. Whisk in the warm chocolate mixture until incorporated. Then stir in the flour with a wooden spoon until just combined.
Gently fold in the roasted cherries.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread with a spatula to make an even layer. Sprinkle w/ sliced almonds.

Bake until slightly puffed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a small amount of sticky crumbs clinging to it, about 35 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.

Remove the brownies from the pan using the foil and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into squares as desired. Store in an air-tight container.

Chocolate and cherries go so well together. Enjoy.

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Ciao Chow Linda said...

chocolate and cherries - a wickedly good match indeed. The almonds on top just add a third wonderful dimension.

Ellen (SIL) said...

Too bad I dont have my sour cherry trees anymore. The only thing that could possibly make these any better would be using sour cherries..imagine roasting a sour cherry with some sugar. OMG I can JUST TASTE IT!!!

Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) said...

Gorgeous and delicious! I love the idea of roasting fruit for things like this, I really need to try it!

Karen K. said...

I like Ellen's idea using sour cherries, I think I will try this tonight! I have sour cherries fresh from the farmer's market!

Joanne said...

Roasted cherries on greek yogurt...oh yes, I like the way you think.

Proud Italian Cook said...

ha ha, You crack me up! Should I forget the brownies then?

lea said...

Hey Stacey, Is that your go to brownie recipe?? Looks nice and rich. We get these wonderful cherries in the summer here in MT - Flathead cherries and I can't wait to try the roasted way. sounds good with yogurt.

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OH my! That looks very luscious.=D

Oui, Chef said...

Brilliant! I recently saw another post about roasting strawberries...how come I've never thought of these great ideas before?