5 hours ago
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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.