Entry 4: Black Forest Brownies

This is an idea that’s been floating around in my head for quite a long time and finally my tastebuds got tired of waiting for me and demanded I make these. The only thing I was missing was a basic brownie recipe:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/how_to_make_brownies_14648

Black Forest Gateau is quite possibly my favourite type of cake on the planet. It has the richness of a normal chocolate cake, the sweet fruitiness of a cherry cake, all topped off with chocolate shavings and cream. I didn’t quite feel confident enough making a full blown version, so I decided on a hybrid. I liked this particular brownie recipe because it was easy to follow and the video clip was very encouraging as well.

You really do not want to know how many calories were in these things....

You really do not want to know how many calories were in these things….

First step was melting the chocolate and butter together – similar to when I was melting the chocolate for the truffles, except on a larger scale. The chocolate was followed by a couple of eggs and the mix of various sugars. So far, I’d followed the recipe pretty closely but then it was time to add the secret ingredients:

The cherries are the secret ingredient. Not the koala.

The cherries are the secret ingredient. Not the koala.

I used about a handful of cherries for this recipe, together with a mix of white chocolate chunks. If you were thinking about making your own twist on a chocolate brownie, this is the point where you need to add the ingredients to the mix. Perhaps something like orange zesty brownies, rum and raisin brownies…there’s a lot of potential in those gooey chocolate squares. The reason you add them now is because the next ingredient you need to add is the flour:

Zen and the art of brownie mixing.

Zen and the art of brownie mixing.

Just as with a cake, the flour helps the brownie to rise a little and needs to mixed carefully. Fold in the flour in a “figure of eight” rhythm rather than just stirring in a circle. It means that more air gets trapped deeper in the brownie and gives it a good texture. Works well with cakes too! All that remained was to put them in the oven:

He was *very* keen to cut the brownies...

He was *very* keen to cut the brownies…

And then once they were cooled I let the Koala go to work:

You don't need captions with something this tasty.

You don’t need captions with something this tasty.

These were for another bake sale at work – I’m told they sold out in under an hour and some very sweet people said some very sweet things about them. The two I managed to snag for myself were absolutely perfect. I made another batch for my family a week later to take on holiday. Definitely one I’m going to make more of! ^_^

One response to “Entry 4: Black Forest Brownies

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