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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
And then once they were cooled I let the Koala go to work:
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! ^_^