Happy 2nd of December you lovely lot! 23 days to go till the big man arrives.
It’s officially the month where the kitchen becomes a utter tip through the constant baking for the festivities upcoming. Wether that’s girls night in, family gatherings, movie night with the kids etc, your going to be baking up a storm and I feel like (actually scrap that, I know!) the bake I’m sharing with you today, will be a HIT with all, no matter the occasion.
Oh yes, if gooey chocolate brownies weren’t good enough already, i’ve added a little twist of black forest flavours and god DAMN, are these where the festive joy is at.
Black forest is such a nostalgic group of flavours for me. Every year without fail, for as long as I can possibly remember, on my dads birthday (which is boxing day) my mum will make the most delicious black forest trifle. Just thinking about it now is making my mouth water. But, a couple of years ago I was promoted to baker of the household and i’ve made it my mission this year to trial putting those gorgeous black forest flavours into as many different recipes as possible to create some magic.
Don’t get me wrong, we love a tradition in this house and by no means is mums trifle going anywhere, anytime soon BUT I just fancied switching things up this Christmas and trialling / creating some new delicious black forest recipes. That’s where todays bake comes in…
Now, I know black forest flavoured brownies were created a long time before todays recipe so by no means am I taking credit for creating these. With that being said, this is my favourite brownie recipe which I’ve incorporated my interpretation of black forest into and they were too good not share them with you all today.
So if these brownies sound like abit of you, gather together everything you need and let’s get baking…
Category: Sweet Treat
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Decorating Time: 10 Minutes
Overall Time: 60+ Minutes
Ingredients You’ll Need For Brownies:
- 1 Tin Of Black Cherries In Syrup
- 1tbsp Of White Granulated Sugar
- 100g Of Dark Chocolate
- 113g Of Unsalted Butter
- 3 Large Eggs
- 200g Of White Granulated Sugar
- 50g Of Dark Brown Sugar
- 1tsp Of Vanilla Extract
- 130g Of Plain Flour
- 30g Of Cocoa Powder
Ingredients You’ll Need For Decorating:
- 200ml Of Double Cream
- 1 Tin Of Black Cherries In Syrup
- 20g Of Milk Chocolate
How To Make Brownies:
- Firstly, gather together your equipment and ingredients, line a 8inch baking tin with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 200C / 180C Fan / Gas Mark 6.
- Secondly, drain the syrup from the black cherries into a cup and set aside.
- Remove the cherries from the tin and place into a medium sized bowl. Sprinkle 1tbsp of granulated sugar over the cherries and set aside to macerate until later on.
- Next, in a microwaveable bowl, add the 100g of dark chocolate and 113g of unsalted butter. Place the bowl into the microwave and in 30 second blasts, blast the chocolate / butter until both ingredients have completely melted.
- When the two ingredients have melted, take the bowl out the microwave and set aside to cool down.
- Now, in a large bowl, using an electric whisk, whisk together the 3 large eggs with the 200g of white granulated sugar and 50g of dark brown sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the melted chocolate mixture and 1tsp of vanilla extract into the large bowl with the eggs and fold through using a spatula.
- Using the same spatula, fold in the 130g of plain flour and 30g of cocoa powder until just combined.
- With a fork, take your macerated cherries and lightly mash them so they aren’t whole no more.
- Then, stir the mashed cherries into the brownie batter.
- Pour the brownie batter into the lined baking tin and place into the oven to bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer placed into the centre comes out relatively clean (if there’s a few sticky crumbs, that’s fine. As long as the skewer isn’t covered with wet batter).
- Once baked, take out the oven and allow the brownie to cool right down in the baking tin before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely (TIP: if your in a rush to make these brownies, you can place them into the fridge to help fasten the cooling process).
How To Decorate Brownies:
- Now that the brownie has been baked and has cooled right down, it’s time to decorate.
- Drain the syrup from the second tin of cherries into a cup and set aside.
- Cut the cherries in half, place into a bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the 200ml of double cream and using an electric whisk, beat the cream until it reaches stiff peaks (TIP: be very aware when beating the cream as it can go from runny to thick and over whipped very quickly).
- Once whipped, using a palette knife (or whatever you have to hand) spread the whipped cream over the brownie. Making sure you do a nice thick layer!
- When the whipped cream has been added, scatter the black cherrie halves over the top of the brownies.
- Now, using a grater, grate the 20g of milk chocolate over the top brownies.
- Finally, drizzle over some of the syrup from the tinned cherries over the top of the brownies.
That’s your Black Forest Brownies, prepared, baked, decorated and ready for you to enjoy!
You can’t tell me that the look and sound of these brownies doesn’t make your mouth salivate! I’m obsessed with the outcome of these beauties and I think you will be too.
This is the perfect way of adding a festive twist to your brownies this Christmas. The black forest flavours work so beautifully with this gooey brownie recipe – it really is a festive treat!
Let me know in the comments below if you make this brownie yourself and if you do, what your thoughts are on it. Are you a fan of black forest flavours too?
Sending you all tons of love & hugs as always,