We all know my love for Pinterest! The Hubby laughs at me when I come home claiming I am going to try a new recipe I found on Pinterest. What did we do before pinning??? Magazines, Food Network, maybe a quick search on MyRecipes.com. But Pinterest is transforming the culinary world, and the amount of people interested in it. Yes, the site has other focus areas, but Food and Drink tend to take the top used category according to Repinly.com.
|Screenshot of my Pinterest profile - so fun!!|
Anyways, back to the issue at hand - a new fan-freaking-tastic recipe that I found on Pinterest. Cherries are everywhere, and there is no such thing as buying a small bag of cherries in the market. Every time I commit to purchasing these pricey little fruits, I have to commit to also making something with them in addition to eating alone. I have done a cherry tart, cherry crumble, cherry sauce for pork tenderloin, bourbon soaked cherries (those were good) and also just sharing with my neighbors. This time though I had a perfect recipe in mind - Chocolate Cherry Brownies!
I came across this recipe on Pinterest from a fellow food blogger, Texanerin Baking. It wasn't the fact that there was less sugar in these brownies, or that they were made with coconut oil and whole wheat flour. It was the fact that this recipe used whole fresh cherries and not the canned kind!
I made a few small tweaks to the recipe to accommodate my baking style and changed the baking time completely. These are very rich and fudgy, so have a glass of milk ready!
Chocolate Cherry BrowniesAdapted from Texanerin Baking
Yields: 16 brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
3 tablespoons refined coconut oil (can substitute normal unsalted butter)
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup coconut sugar or turbinado sugar (raw sugar)
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup low fat milk
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Heaping 1 cup pitted fresh cherries
1 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350F, and line an 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
In a large microwave safe bowl, melt semisweet chocolate chips and coconut oil in 20 second increments. Stir after each increment and watch carefully so not to burn the chocolate.
In a large standing mixer (or large bowl), mix the sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk and oil together until just combined. In a separate medium sized bowl, mix the flour, salt and cocoa powder and add to the wet ingredients. Mix until combined, then stop!
Fold in the cherries and dark chocolate chips into the batter and pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick sort of comes out clean (there will be gooey, melty chocolate chips in the matter too remember)!
Note - check the brownies after about 20 minutes, the original recipe calls for only 15 minutes in the oven, but mine took 32 minutes. Ryan commented that they were still a bit gooey, but I kept them in the fridge and they were delicious that way. So if you like more set cakey brownies, bake them for longer.