Fudge Cherry and Port Brownies
- 2 tablespoons port or water
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, cold
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 1/2 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate or 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
- Fresh raspberries (optional)
Adapted from bhg.com
Position oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8x2-inch pan with foil. Butter foil; set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, bring the port and water to boiling. Add dried cherries; cook and stir over low heat until the fruit is soft and plump and liquid evaporates. Using a spatula, scrape the cherries into a bowl; set aside to cool.
3. Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (be sure that the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl). Place the butter in the bowl; scatter the 6 oz. chocolate over butter. Heat until the chocolate is almost melted (you do not want to heat the mixture so much that the butter and chocolate separate). Remove bowl from the heat. Stir until butter and chocolate are smooth.
4. Whisk in the sugar until fully incorporated. Add eggs one at a time, stirring until batter is smooth and glossy. Whisk in salt. Gently whisk in the flour, stirring only until it disappears into the batter. Using a spatula, stir in the port-soaked cherries (and any liquid that accumulated) and the remaining 4 1/2 oz. chopped chocolate. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth the top as much as possible.
5. Bake 35 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack; cool to room temperature. Invert brownies onto a cutting board; gently peel away the foil. Turn brownies over. Cut into 36 squares. Serve with fresh raspberries, if desired.
Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.