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Friday 31 July 2009

Sluttishly Easy: Chocolate cherry brownies

This is my favourite brownie recipe, but I'll let you into a secret. These brownies are actually the famous Nigel Slater recipe, but with yummy cherry stuff added to it. If you just want normal brownies, just take the cherry bits out! But these are very yummy. The cherry works really well with the dark chocolate.

You'll need these things:
  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • 250g butter
  • 250g Green & Blacks cherry chocolate.
  • 3 large eggs plus 1 extra egg yolk
  • 60g flour
  • 60g finest quality cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Splash of cherry liqueur
You'll need to do these things:
  • Pre-heat the oven to gas mark for (180 degrees) and line a baking tin with greaseproof paper.
  • Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl. That's my favourite bit. It's cheating if you use an electric blender, but I approve of cheating.
  • Break the chocolate into pieces, but leave 50g to one side. You'll need that later. Melt the larger amount of chocolate.
  • Then break the eggs into a bowl and beat them.
  • Slowly add the eggs to the butter mixture, stirring as you go along.
  • Mix the melted chocolate and the chocolate pieces in with everything else. Splash in the cherry liqueur.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder, then add to the rest of the mix. Make sure you fold everything well to make sure there's no air trapped.
  • Pour the mixture into the cake tin, and then pop in the oven for thirty minutes. They're done when a few crumbs are still stuck on a skewer. Then you can eat them all with cream and don't share them with anyone. No! Mine!
Really, make your own. I'm not sharing.

Flickr image from bloggyboulga's photostream.


  1. I might try this. I failed miserably with Nigella's chocolate brownie recipe which wouldn't set after literally hours in the oven and which I took into work anyway with an 'eat at your own risk' label. I blame her sluttish behaviour actually - I can't imagine she bothers to time anything. Domestic goddess my ----! Delia's the woman for me.

  2. Aaaah, the problem with baking (which Nigella always seems to ignore in her shows) is that it's pretty scientific. You can't mess about with the basics of a recipe - I have tried many times, and failed almost always. Add what you like to this recipe though - nuts, berries, rum. Just keep everything else the same and it'll be fine.

    And, if for some reason it doesn't set, can I suggest popping the mixture in the freezer with some ice cream?


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