Ok so this isn’t my typical recipe post but that’s how it goes. I was tasked with making treats for a co-worker’s birthday celebration and since pork and sweets, in most people’s minds, don’t usually go together (not I of course), the obvious choice was bourbon. This recipe for Bourbon Sour Cherry Dark Chocolate Brownies is extremely easy and well, just damn good.
- 1/2 cup dried sour cherries
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 2 sticks of butter (plus a little more for greasing baking dish)
- 6 oz. of dark unsweetened chocolate (I used Scharffenberger 99% cacao unsweetened chocolate baking bar)
- 2 cups of granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tbs of pure vanilla
- 4 x-large eggs
- 1 3/4 cup AP flour (plus a little more for dusting greased baking dish)
- confectioners sugar for dusting
- 9×13″ baking dish
- double boiler set up (a large stainless bowl over a pot of boiling water works)
- powered hand mixer is nice to have
- flour sifter or a very fine mesh strainer
What to do
- soak the cherries in the bourbon for 1 1/2 hours
- strain and save the bourbon
- lightly chop the cherries
- preheat oven to 350° F
- lightly grease and dust the baking dish with butter and flour
- chop the chocolate into smaller 1 inch-ish chunks
- in a double boiler, melt the butter and chocolate together lightly stirring constantly until incorporated and there are no chunks.
- remove from heat
- whisk in sugar and vanilla and make sure to combine completely. I suggest using a hand mixer on a lower setting. The mixture might be slightly grainy at this point
- once the mixture is cool enough to not cook the eggs, whisk eggs into the mixture until combined and smooth and shiny.
- stir in the reserved bourbon
- sift in the flour while combining with the mixture. Don’t go nuts mixing away at this point
- fold in the chopped cherries
- pour into the greased and flour dusted baking dish
- bake uncovered at 350° for 45 mins or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- dust with confectioners (powdered) sugar
- let cool then slice into however monstrous sized brownies you’d like.
- serve and enjoy, with a big glass of milk or a nice glass of bourbon