Sour Cherry, Coconut and Chocolate Brownies

November 18, 2010

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One thing’s for certain… I’m a brownie girl through and through. And I can’t stop making them! Brownies are what I turn to for a quick, dirty but oh so gratifying chocolate romp and they’re just the thing I need during the wee morning hours when I’ve been staring at words all night. What’s awesome about these particular morsels is that all you’ll need is one pot. Satu. Uno. Odin. One. Well, unless you want to mix it with your hands, you’ll need a whisk too oops. But hey, all power to you if this is the path you want to take though! (Ummm sensual, but I digress).

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Secondly, the smell of these as it’s baking is divine. Chocolate and toasty coconut! Seriously I want the aroma all bottled up quick smart so I can spray it on my pillow nightly and have sweet sweet dreams. The combination here is a winner – chocolate, honey, cherry and coconut. I adored the subtle warmth of the toasted coconut but I loved how the cherries punched through the chocolatey richness with bursts of sourness.

If you are a lover of fudgy brownies then rejoice, because this is the fudgiest melt-in-your-mouth brownie that you’ll make. And with coconut and dried cherry… um, smells like Christmas…

…which is only 38 days away! Oh my friggin’ gosh, where did the time go?!

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Sour Cherry, Coconut and Chocolate Brownies


Recipe adapted from Paul A. Young’s Adventures With Chocolate


Ingredients

100g unsalted butter, chopped
250g caster sugar
75g honey
275g of dark chocolate (around 60%)
4 eggs
70g plain flour
50g unsweetened dessicated coconut
100g dried sour cherries (or bing cherries if you prefer)

Method

Preheat oven to 160°C and then grease and line a 20 x 15 x 2.5cm square tin or brownie pan.

In a medium to large pot over low heat, gently melt the butter, sugar and honey together until combined and sugar has dissolved. Add chocolate and stir to melt and combine. Remove from heat and cool slightly for 5 minutes

Add eggs and whisk through. Add the flour and coconut and whisk until combined. Scrape batter into cake pan and bake until skewer comes out relatively clean (there should be moist crumbs stuck to it but not wet batter).

Note – The original recipe stated 20 minutes baking time but that was way too short for me. My brownies ended up taking 40-45 minutes and I was using a slightly larger 20 x 20 tin! Do check it after 20 minutes and then periodically every 5-10 until done.

Remove from oven, cool and refrigerate overnight. To serve, remove from tin and with a wet knife, cut into slices or squares. Serve room temperature or warm.

Note – The brownie gets very hard when refrigerated. Heat the oven to 100°C and stick in the brownie in the pan until warmed through. When warmed, it’ll get all chocolatey and fudgy again.

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Mandi February 7, 2011 at 19:09

So I'd still consider myself a bit of a newb when it comes to baking, but I managed to convert this recipe to American standards and holy CRAP are they awesome. I screwed up melting the chocolate (overheated, but not burnt), but I read in a few places that it's still okay for brownies. I'll definitely have to try these again in the future, now that I have a double-boiler!

Also, I didn't bother heating them up for lunch today, and they were fabulous at room temperature!

Thanks for the amazing recipe!

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laura February 4, 2011 at 17:57

um wow – yum! already saved to my online cookbook, http://cookmarked.com.

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Anna @ M&M January 3, 2011 at 03:39

i want one of these RIGHT NOW!

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bake in paris December 2, 2010 at 04:45

Looks so luscious and moist! I will include this in my christmas dessert, thanks for sharing :-)

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Mei Sze November 26, 2010 at 07:34

I drooled instantly at the sight of that sexy brownie…

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Cherine November 24, 2010 at 17:20

Those brownies are to die for!

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LimeCake November 24, 2010 at 07:31

oh my these look gooey and so delicious! like a cherry ripe bar, only better!

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Molly Drexelius November 23, 2010 at 18:53

I am a brownie girl, too — I can almost taste these! Great job. Thanks for sharing!!

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Hannah November 22, 2010 at 11:03

Om nom nom… what I love about brownies is their versatility in terms of bazillions of flavour combinations!! I've made some with craisins but never cherries, and never coconut either. Thank you for the lust-inspiring gooey magnificence!!

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Rhonda November 22, 2010 at 05:45

im a sucker for brownies too!! oooo love the combo of cherries, coconut and chocolate!

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joudie's mood food November 21, 2010 at 22:36

Brownie wonder! The addition of sour cherry is just lovely! I can never find them for some reason! When i do this will be the next on my list! Wonderful and decadent!

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catty November 21, 2010 at 13:00

YUM! I'm a brownie girl too – I only do one recipe though which is a plain brownie (but oh so moist!) but hey when you're onto a good thing, don't break it right? :)

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kitchen butterfly November 20, 2010 at 18:27

Stunning brownies – love the photos!

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vxdollface November 20, 2010 at 13:56

i spy bread top milk pudding jar :D

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mlle délicieuse November 19, 2010 at 23:02

You and your chocolate romps. And frolicking. *blush* So sen-su-al…just like these brownies.

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the culinary chronicles November 19, 2010 at 22:18

OH MY GOODNESS. These look AH-MAY-ZING!

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Matt Masterchef November 19, 2010 at 05:59

They look so moist! And the tops look so shiny. Nice one

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Susan November 19, 2010 at 04:59

I am definitely a brownie girl as well. My boyfriend doesn't like them as much as I do though… oh well all the more for me!

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Sophie B November 18, 2010 at 10:38

I love brownies. I am definitely doing this one for my birthday party this weekend. Thanks for explaining the recipe and the preparations in such as easy way. I am checking back for more ideas around Christmas :)

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Indie.tea November 18, 2010 at 08:36

Delicious. I think brownies are the best use of chocolate in a sweet baked thing. Yours sound delightful!

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katie November 18, 2010 at 07:19

Ohhh yum they look seriously good

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citrusandcandy November 18, 2010 at 05:39

Hope you enjoy them! Thank you so much! x

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citrusandcandy November 18, 2010 at 05:39

I could never say no to a drizzling of kirsch and/or brandy! Actually, you could soak the cherries in kirsch first, drain and then fold them through the batter and scatter extra on top. That'd be more 'black forest' like.

Yummm… might try that soon. Thanks Belle!

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citrusandcandy November 18, 2010 at 05:37

AUBERGINE.

Sigh, we miss him don't we? :P

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citrusandcandy November 18, 2010 at 05:37

Lol lucky you! (and lucky person who's next to you!). I went to bed once and my partner reeked of BBQ. Not quite as sweet :(

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citrusandcandy November 18, 2010 at 05:36

Hehe thanks Penny!

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citrusandcandy November 18, 2010 at 05:36

*blush* thank you so much! This recipe is def taking over as my favourite now :)

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citrusandcandy November 18, 2010 at 05:35

Man I still have cakes left! The baked goods are piling up. You're so welcome to offload some from me :)

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citrusandcandy November 18, 2010 at 05:35

Thanks Sarah! And sour cherries are much cheaper than raspberries at the moment. Win!

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citrusandcandy November 18, 2010 at 05:34

Haha you're such a gamer nerd :P

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citrusandcandy November 18, 2010 at 05:34

Umm brownies are versatile aren't they? Brekkie, lunch, dinner, snack, midnight snack… :P

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citrusandcandy November 18, 2010 at 05:33

Almost Always Ravenous – I don't see why not! You can't go wrong with 2 types of brownies! Ummm….

Asha@FSK – thanks so much! xx

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almost always ravenous November 18, 2010 at 05:16

ahhhhh HEAVEN!!!! totally agree GOOEY YUmmyness =). Wonder if i should make 2 different batches 1 with this recipe and my recipe next week hrmz…LOLz

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Adriana November 18, 2010 at 04:55

I'm drooling, these look delicious! a great twist on a typical brownie… I have to make them!

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OohLookBel November 18, 2010 at 04:32

Oh, gosh. And you know, as amazing as these brownies are, I can still sort of imagine them with a small drizzle of Kirsch or brandy. So Christmas-y =)

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Lisa November 18, 2010 at 04:03

SENSUAL.

But seriously, they look amazing!! I am a brownie girl as well. So simple but so freaking delicious.

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Emma @CakeMistress November 18, 2010 at 03:57

Aww yeah, thems some sweet lookin brownies.
I'd love to bottle the smell of baking. I went to bed reeking of dark chocolate cake after a late night session and really did have sweet dreams *sigh*

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jeroxie November 18, 2010 at 03:56

So yummy. Those brownies look awesome. I just want to reach out and nom nom

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Alicia November 18, 2010 at 02:18

Wow, these are some of the best looking brownies I have ever seen. It is so rare to see additions to the traditional recipe — I love the idea of adding cherries and coconut!

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chocolatesuze November 18, 2010 at 01:44

brownies! plus cherries! naww i want!

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Sarah - For the Love of Food November 18, 2010 at 01:17

These look and sound delicious. I really love that sour foil to the rich chocolate (generally achieved by serving with raspberries but this would make a nice change and no need for a plate :))

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FFichiban November 18, 2010 at 00:46

Hee hee all I can think of is Odin eating these delicious brownies… and I would fight him for some

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Angie November 18, 2010 at 00:22

These do look good, which is torterous as lunchtime is still another 40 minutes away =( I could do with just a couple of brownies for lunch!

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Asha@FSK November 17, 2010 at 16:39

That is a seriously decadent brownie! I love the combination of cherries and chocolate. gooey richness! perfect

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