Weekend Kitchen: Black Forest Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Originally based on a Good Food Brownie recipe my husband discovered for our son’s birthday, this is a seriously blinged up Christmas brownie indeed!

My Black Forest Chocolate Brownie recipe combines richly fudgy, damp cake, with juicy cherries and a layer of jammy sauce.  The ultimate indulgence for festive gatherings, or Christmas parties.

Ingredients

185g unsalted butter
200g milk chocolate
85g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
3 tbsp best quality black cherry jam
60g white chocolate
60g milk chocolate
50g black glace cherries, diced
4 medium eggs
1 small pack Milky Way Magic Stars
275g  caster sugar

Method

Cut up 185g butter and the same amount milk chocolate and melt in a bowl over simmering water. Leave to cool (you can microwave but the chocolate seizes very quickly so be careful).

Heat oven to 180C/ 160C fan/ gas 4 and grease and line a shallow baking tray.

Chop up the cherries and 50g of the white and milk chocolate.

Break the eggs into a deep bowl and add the sugar.  Whisk together on high speed for around six minutes. The mixture should become pale and leave a trail on the surface when you pour it.

Combine the egg mixture with the cooled chocolate VERY SLOWLY.  Use a spatula in a figure of eight manoeuvre to keep the air in the mix.

Sieve the cocoa and flour into the mixture and mix the same way – this takes a while but the slower the better.

Finally, add your cherries and chocolate, stirring through the mixture evenly.

Pour half of the mixture in the tin then dot the jam over the top and fork it through the mix.  Keep it unmixed though. Fill the tin with remaining mixture and smooth with your spatula.

Put in the oven for 25 minutes.  Check and if it’s still wobbly, give it another five.  It should have a shiny crust, with sides pulling away from the edge of the tin.

black forest browniesCool completely in the tin.  Melt the two chocolates (separately) and drizzle across the top. Sprinkle the stars over and add some edible glitter for extra glitz if you wish!

Keep in an airtight container for up to a fortnight.  Or just eat in front of Strictly with a glass of wine.

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