Sometimes you just really need a freakin' brownie and there's nothing else that will suffice.
A craving for brownies is something I am all too familiar with. It's a desire for more than just something sweet. It is more than just a bite of chocolate. Brownies offer an entire sensorial experience for the chocolate lover.
When I crave brownies, it means I want creamy, chewy, fudgy, sweet, chocolatey, caramely and a bit of salty.
It also means I want them now!
Once you've got the chocolate and butter melted all together, you can go in with the rest of the ingredients. That's all.
I used both dark chocolate and cocoa here. Why not just choose one mode of chocolate? Because I'm very indecisive, and because of Science.
Dark chocolate with its cocoa butter content gives chewiness since it is solid at room temperature. On the other hand, cocoa powder supplemented with butter adds softness and smoothness for that creamy texture since butter is soft at room temperature.
Don't let a craving get the best of you. Don't let time be your enemy. This recipe is your secret weapon. Brownies forevermore.
Easiest-Ever Sour Cherry Fudge Brownies
Makes 16 squares
7 tbsp (100 g) unsalted butter, melted
3 oz/85 g dark chocolate (min. 60% cocoa)
2 large eggs
1 cup (200 g) sugar
1/3 cup (28 g) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
½ tsp vanilla extract
heaped ¼ tsp salt
½ cup plus 1 tbsp (80 g) all purpose flour
½ cup dried tart cherries, plus extra for topping
Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving 2-inch overhang at each end.
Combine butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan with simmering water and stir until melted and smooth. Add eggs, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and salt and whisk vigorously until smooth. Sprinkle over flour and fold it in until combined.
Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake for 22-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.