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Recipe: Chocolate Brownies with Boozy Cherries

Chocolate brownies are universally popular. I know my family absolutely adore them and whenever I make a batch, they usually disappear far too quickly. Brownies are the kind of thing you can easily adapt for different occasions or tastes.

This week I’ve decided to bake the classic – chocolate and cherry brownies, but I gave them a festive twist and baked them with Opies Black Cherries with Luxardo Kirsch. They were so gooey and good – the perfect brownie!

Recipe: Chocolate Brownies with Boozy Cherries

Chocolate Brownies with Boozy Cherries

Ingredients:

250g milk chocolate
250g unsalted butter
4 medium eggs
250g sugar
60ml of vegetable oil
2 heaped tablespoons self raising flour
2 heaped tablespoons cocoa powder
150g drained Opies Black Cherries with Luxardo Kirsch
2 shots of the Luxardo Kirsch which the cherries had been in

How to make your Chocolate Brownies with Boozy Cherries:

Pre-heat your oven to 185° and line a deep sided baking dish with baking parchment.

In a bowl, over a pan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and the butter together until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and the eggs, whisk them until they’re light and fluffy.

Pass the flour, cocoa powder through a fine sieve and add to the eggs and sugar. Gently whisk the ingredients together until combined. Then mix in the melted chocolate and the vegetable oil to combine. Stir through the cherries and kirsch and pour the batter into the tin.

Recipe: Chocolate Brownies with Boozy Cherries

Bake for 35-45 minutes until the brownies have lost their wobble but are still a bit gooey inside. Take out and leave to cool. You want to almost under bake them so it’s still soft in the centre.

Once they are cool, cut them into squares. I sprinkled my brownies with white chocolate stars and icing sugar to make them look a bit more festive.

Recipe: Chocolate Brownies with Boozy Cherries

I did have plans to make cherry chocolate brownie sundaes with them; layering them up with ice cream, whipped cream and drizzling more kirsch and cherries over the top. But I went out to work and when I came home they’d all gone, so you’ll have to use your imagination instead. The sundae sounded pretty tasty in my imagination!

Recipe: Chocolate Brownies with Boozy Cherries

Note: We were sent a jar of Opies Black Cherries with Luxardo Kirsch and I decided to use them in this recipe. I’ve not been compensated for this post.

Five tips for heartbreak free school trips

One of the biggest childhood rites of passage is going on school trips and being away from home for the first time. School trips are a great way to encourage independence and for children to explore the world a little bit more. School trips to European cities are very much the norm. I was lucky enough to go on school trips to America and Holland. They both broadened my horizons, gave me a sense of independence and taught me some new things about life and friendships.

Most away from home school trips start when your children reach double digits. Often these are whole class trips away to cities such as Paris or Barcelona, other times they can be skiing holidays or trips to take part in school football tournaments.

Tips for heartbreak free school trips

Some children might also get the chance to go away for a night or two with Beavers, Brownies, Cubs or Scouts. Short Scout camps and the like are excellent for preparing younger children for slightly longer periods away from home with school.

It’s never easy to wave goodbye to your children, even if it’s just for a night or two. I’ve put together a list of things to can do to lessen your heartbreak and their separation anxiety.

Tips for heartbreak free school trips

Let go – trust that the group leader will take care of them and all will be well. They will have your emergency contact details if you are needed. Remember the group leaders will be well qualified and able to manage whatever situations crop up.

Be available – if your child is old enough for them to have their own phone, top up their credit and tell them to call you anytime they want, day or night. A quick chat with their family when they need one will be enough to keep them from getting too homesick.

Tears are normal – try not to cry too much in front of their friends, it’s so not cool. But if there are tears from you or from your child, then that’s normal too. It’s normal to feel anxious or worried, or to miss them terribly.

Leave little notes – whenever I am away from my boys I always leave them notes. They will find them hidden in their shoes, tucked under pillows, written in toothpaste on the mirror. Write little notes of joy and pack them in their bag. Hide them in shoes, tuck them in their toiletries bag. Secretly change the lock screen on their phone to one which will make them smile. It’s the little things not the grand gestures they will appreciate.

Enjoy the peace – enjoy a night or two in a quiet house. Go out as a couple if you can, stay up late and get up at noon. Or if you’re like us, take the opportunity to really tidy and declutter their room without them moaning about it all.

They’re going to leave home sooner or later, giving them little bursts of adventure and independence can help build their confidence and life experience. Saying goodbye, even for a for nights is hard, but it can be very worthwhile for everyone.

Tips for heartbreak free school trips

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Gorgeously Gooey Chocolate and Cherry Brownies

Who doesn’t love brownies? These gorgeous Chocolate and Cherry Brownies have a crisp crust and a delicious gooey centre. They are best served warm with a good dollop of vanilla ice cream. Brownies are always a favourite. Whatever the season, brownies never seem to go out of fashion.

Chocolate and Cherry Brownies

Gorgeously Gooey Chocolate and Cherry Brownies

Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 35-40 minutes
Makes about 18

Ingredients
200g butter, cubed
100g good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
4 eggs, beaten
425g granulated sugar
100g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder, sifted
½ tsp sea salt
1 tbsp vanilla extract
100g dried or glace cherries

Method
Preheat the oven to 180c, gas mark 4. Line a small roasting tin with baking parchment.

Place the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl and allow the ingredients to melt either over a pan of barely simmering water or in a microwave on a low heat. Allow to cool slightly.

Place the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl and pour in the melted chocolate and butter mixture. Fold together lightly until thoroughly combined. Pour into the prepared tin and place in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until a crust forms. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 15-20 minutes. Cut into squares when cooled.

Cooks Tips:
You can add other ingredients in with the cherries if you’d like. Pecans and brazil nuts work well instead of cherries.

Brownies are great to make with kids and a real family treat. Brownies are a good base for all kinds of wacky ideas you or your kids may have. Swap out the cherries and add chunks of Oreos, wedges of Snickers bars or drizzle with caramel and sea salt when they’re fresh from the oven. Make them into Christmas Brownies by adding chunks of chocolate orange and a couple of handfuls of cranberries.

Whatever you choose, they will almost certainly be delicious! How do you like yours?

Chocolate & Cherry Brownies

This recipe was developed in conjunction with an Appliance House Chef.