Tie on your favorite apron, pop open a bottle of merlot, and fire up the oven. It is time to take brownies to a whole new level.
Just make sure you do not forget the cherries, ice cream, and chocolate sauce. Ohhhh, yes…
How I could have forgotten about this recipe for 4+ years is beyond me. My mom used to make this recipe all the time to impress visiting directors at work or to give as gifts. No one could stop at just one. Or two. Or three. I think you know where I am going with this…
In fact, I was ready to wax poetic about my first love in this post but decided that it would be cruel to make you read through my heartbreaking story when all you can think about is brownies. I really cannot blame you, seeing as these brownies have already disappeared with only 2 people eating them.
That is less than 24 hours since I made them, folks. People really do crazy things when these brownies are involved.
No one will know these are vegan, let alone healthy if you so choose. And if you make these brownies this Valentine’s Day, do not be surprised if people start falling madly in love with you, at least while the brownies are around. Simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the love.
Merlot Cherry Brownies
Makes 1 tray
- 1-1/4 cup (6oz) dried cherries, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup merlot wine
- 8 oz semi-sweet dark chocolate (I used 1 block of Baker’s), chopped
- 1-1/3 cup flour (ww pastry, spelt, buckwheat, and AP GF are all great options)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup dry sweetener (i.e. NuNaturals stevia baking blend, organic sugar, coconut sugar, date sugar, etc.)
- 1/3 cup Earth Balance OR coconut oil, softened
- 1 TBS Ener-G egg replacer + 4 TBS water OR 2 TBS ground flax seed + 6 TBS water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- dash cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350*F. Line 9×5 brownie pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
- Combine dried cherries and wine in a small bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. (Heat on the stovetop if you prefer.) Set aside for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain cherries and discard wine, saving ~1 TBS to stir into batter later, if necessary.
- Place chocolate in a small bowl and melt using a microwave or double boiler. Once fully melted, set aside and cool to room temperature.
- Combine flour and salt in a small bowl.
- Beat dry sweetener and Earth Balance/coconut oil with a mixer.
- Add egg replacer/flax egg to the mixer and beat until light and fluffy.
- Add melted chocolate and vanilla extract. Beat until well-incorporated.
- Stir in flour mixture until evenly distributed.
- Stir in drained cherries and ~1TBS reserved soaking wine, if needed to loosen the batter. It should be VERY thick.
- Spread mixture into prepared pan.
- Bake for 33 to 37 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the middle of the brownies should come out slightly sticky.
- Cool and cut into bars.
What is your favorite Valentine Day treat?
Have a lovely day!