what i did on my summer vacation: day 9

another fenelon fair culinary category i was interested in was brownies. only because i love chocolate - we all love chocolate! - and they're easy to do. also, they made a tasty birthday dessert for my husband with a pile of whipped cream!

but again, i thought: what will make mine stand out from the rest? and again, looking at our store of drygoods brought the answer. dried cherries!

i had bought them after seeing a recipe for black forest bundt cake somewhere, which was basically a chocolate cake with dried cherries. why not apply the same logic to brownies? with extra chocolate, and a touch of coffee to bring out the chocolate even more?

these smelled amazing while baking. wow, wow, wow. i wish i could bake brownies every day, just for the smell. also it's a one-bowl recipe, so very little clean up!

black forest brownies

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp coffee
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
1/4 cup chocolate chips.

melt the butter (i melted it right in the bowl, over a pot of water i was boiling for something else anyway).

beat in the next four ingredients, one by one, in order, stirring until each is incorporated.

sift together the flour and baking powder; stir in. stir in cherries.

spread the batter in a 9" square pan. sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

bake 35 minutes at 350f, or until they just start coming away from the sides of the pan.

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