Saturday, December 08, 2012

Amarena Cherry and White Chocolate Brownie

Elena from Zibaldone Culinario is hosting both the English and Italian versions of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I'll be using my favourite - amarena cherries.

amarena cherries© by Haalo
I think cherries are such a festive food - they do look like shiny red baubles fit for a christmas tree - and I'll be using these as a key ingredient in these white chocolate and amarena brownies, presented rather aptly, in christmas tree form.
amarena cherry brownies© by Haalo

Amarena Cherry and White Chocolate Brownies
Cook time: 25 minutes approx
Makes: 2 small trees

50 grams butter
70 grams soft brown sugar
80 grams dark chocolate
1 egg
40 grams plain flour
25 grams cocoa powder
100 grams drained amarena cherries
100 grams white chocolate, broken into pieces egg

Place the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat and melt - when melted add the sugar, stir until it dissolves. Take this off the heat and stir in the dark chocolate - this will melt in the residual heat. Keep stirring until it's smooth. Set this to one side to cool.

Sift the plain flour and cocoa together into a bowl. Make a well in the center and add in the whisked egg - stir this into the flour and then drizzle in the cooled butter mix.

Sprinkle over the broken white chocolate pieces and fold this through before finally adding the amarena cherries - be gentle as you fold as you don't want to break the cherries.

Spoon the mixture into christmas tree moulds, filling them about two-thirds of the way. You could also bake this in a tin

Place the moulds on a baking tray and bake in a preheated 170°C oven for about 25 minutes - the surface should start to look a bit firm.

It's important that you let them sit in the moulds until cold before you try turning them out.

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