For the 4th of July, I wanted to make a fun but simple dessert for a bbq. On a whim, I searched for a brownie recipe that included dried cherries. This one from Epicurious.com (originally published in Gourmet, June 2008) fit the bill perfectly. Other than lightening the recipe slightly by swapping egg whites for some of the eggs, I left the recipe in tact. They were a hit at the party, however I think I prefer to keep my dried fruit and chocolate separate as I felt the dried cherries were a bit out of place. One plus is that this recipe makes a full 9 x 12" pan as opposed to the typical 9 x 9" that most recipes tend to make.
Walnut Cherry Brownies
3/ c butter
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups dried cherries
1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped and toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 9 x 13" pan by spraying and flouring it.
Melt butter and chocolate together over low heat until smooth. Cool to lukewarm and whisk in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time.
In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (except for cherries and walnuts). Mix into chocolate mixture until combined.
Stir in dried fruit and walnuts.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until tooth pick in center comes out with crumbs.
Cool completely before slicing.
Makes approx 32 (2") squares.