Hi there……long time no see!
Hopefully my mojo is back to stay cos Himself was bemoaning the fact that the quality of his food has declined since I took my blogging break. Cheek of the man!
These are grown-up brownies, I made them for Christmas Eve and they have quickly become a family favourite. You need to buy yourself some glace cherries or if you’re feeling flush then some maraschino ones. Then you need to soak the cherries in brandy (or spirit of your choice) for at least a week beforehand.
Brandy soaked cherries (see above) as many as you like hic!
160g dark chocolate
1 TBS of the liquid from the soaked cherries
175g castor sugar
3 extra large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
110g cake flour
1/4 tsp salt
I used this particular chocolate because our local supermarket was selling it at R4 a bar, bargain! just use as good a quality chocolate as you can.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and grease a suitable dish/pan (I used my new Le Creuset baking pan which is 23 x 23 cm and bakes like a dream)
Using a thick bottomed pan, melt the butter and the chocolate over a gentle heat, put aside to cool.
In a large bowl beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla and the cherry liquid until combined.
Add the cooled choc mix to the egg mixture a little at a time, then add the flour and the salt.
Arrange the cherries in your dish, I use 2/3 of them, pour over the brownie mix and put the rest of the cherries on the top.
Bake for 25 minutes
These brownies are really good, they have a nice fudgy texture and the booze soaked fruit is just the cherry on top!