I was happy to see that this week’s choice was a simple one bowl recipe. I had total hip replacement surgery twelve days ago, so anything elaborate would be a no go for me. As it was, my husband had to fetch ingredients and pans for me, as well as put a stool in front of my work area. But we all wanted to taste these lovely cookies sooner rather than later, so I forged ahead.
The first task was to plump up the cherries by soaking them in simmering port and water until they absorbed all the liquid. This took longer than the three minutes described in the recipe; it was closer to ten minutes for me.
Here are the cherries, nicely plumped:
Next, I melted the butter and chocolate in a bowl placed over a saucepan of boiling water. I used bittersweet chocolate chips to make it easier.
I removed the bowl before everything was completely melted and let the residual heat do the rest.
Next came the sugar, followed by the eggs, one at a time. The flour, salt and pepper (!) were next. Finally the cherries and the remaining chocolate. I poured the batter into the pan and popped it in the oven.
When the top is uniformly dull and a tester comes out clean, it’s time to bring the pan out of the oven and begin the wait for the brownies to cool.
The recipe makes twenty-five small brownies. They are decandant morsels of booze-infused cherries and bittersweet chocolate. I paired one with an espresso for a Sunday afternoon pick me up. My husband, my son and I agreed that these are wonderful. Now it’s time to rest up and get ready for the more challenging recipe that’s on tap for later this month. These brownies are sure to help the healing process.