Extra Virgin Olive Oil Brownies With Fresh Cherries & Dark Chocolate Chunks
 
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Decadent, ooey gooey brownies made with fruity extra virgin olive oil, fresh cherries and dark chocolate chunks.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 115g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) fruity extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150g) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (70g) all-purpose
  • 1 tablespoon Dutch-processed cocoa powder (natural will work as well)
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt (or table salt)
  • 70g fresh cherries, pits removed and cut into fourths
  • 70g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, chopped into bite-sized chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Lightly grease a 20cm (8-inch) square pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Place the finely chopped chocolate in a small heatproof bowl and melt it over a saucepan of barely simmering water (ensure the bowl does not touch the water). Whisk in the oil, then cool.
  3. Using an electric mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar on medium speed until pale and thick, about 3 minutes. Fold in the vanilla and the cooled chocolate mixture, then fold in the flour, cocoa and salt. Lastly, gently fold in the cherries and the chocolate chunks. Stir briefly to combine. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan, it will be quite thick.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is dry and crackly, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out a little wet. Cool completely, then cut into squares.
Notes
If you'd like to decorate the top of the brownies with cherries, as I have, which is optional!, just grab a handful of fresh cherries, cut them in half, discard the pits, and push the cherries, cut side down, into the top of the batter. Then bake as instructed.
If you're unsure how to fold through the ingredients (folding can actually be quite tricky and there is a technique!), just call my cat. He can give you exact details.
Recipe by sweetest kitchen at http://www.sweetestkitchen.com/2014/07/extra-virgin-olive-oil-brownies-with-fresh-cherries-dark-chocolate-chunks/