Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cherry Brownie Bites

I'm really in the Valentine's spirit this year. I've just been itching to get into the kitchen and cook up some delicious lovey-dovey treats. Perhaps it's the adorable Valentine's mini cupcake liners I found at Michael's. Perhaps it's the plates I found at Crate and Barrel. Or maybe, just maybe, it's the fact that I'll be spending my first Valentine's Day with someone I love very, very much. (I'm thinking that last one's the kicker.)

Either way, with Valentine's Day just around the corner (yay!), I've been baking up a storm in my teeny tiny apartment kitchen. My teeny tiny apartment kitchen with no dishwasher, by the way. It went out three weeks ago and my maintenance men have been taking their sweet time fixing it. Yeah...I've been washing every. single. dish. by. hand. and it's about to get ugly.


Luckily, these little cuties didn't require too many dishes or utensils to make. They're a tasty, yummy, and easy to transport little treat that's just perfect for taking to your office or sending to school with your little ones. Just remember to save one or two for you and your sweetheart!

Cherry Brownie Bites
from
www.williams-sonoma.com
printer-friendly recipe

Ingredients:

3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 TBSP unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1⁄4 c. all-purpose flour

1⁄4 tsp. baking powder

1⁄8 tsp. salt

1 egg
1⁄3 c. sugar
1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
1⁄3 c. dried cherries, chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat an oven to 325ºF. Line a mini muffin pan with twelve to 15 liners or spray with baking spray.

2. In a small heatproof bowl or double boiler, combine the chocolate and butter. Set the bowl over but not touching simmering water in a small saucepan and melt the chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally, until smooth and blended. Let cool slightly.


3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.


4. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, sugar and vanilla until light in color and doubled in volume. Whisk in the chocolate mixture and then the flour mixture just until combined. Stir in the dried cherries.


5. Divide the batter evenly among the wells of the prepared pan. (I used a small cookie scoop.)
6. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 18-20 minutes.

7. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and set on the rack.


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3 comments :

Meghan said...

These are so cute!!! I love the idea of a brownie bite - otherwise it's hard not to keep cutting off more and more :) My husband loves cherries. Ugh - I'm sorry about your dishwasher. My first apartment didn't have one and it was awful. Hopefully it will be fixed soon!

Katie said...

ooooh! THOSE ARE SO CUTE! :) Love it! :)

Lindsey said...

Chocolate and cherry is one of my favourite flavour combinations. Yum!