Double Chocolate and Cherry Valentine's Brownies

I'm pretty certain that because I've been away from baking for so long that all I want to do right now is bake. There are worse things to be addicted to, I suppose, like online shopping or biting your nails. That's right, I've made another Valentine's themed bake and it's for those of us that prefer making something easy. These are my super moist and gooey double chocolate and cherry Valentine's brownies! I pretty much used the exact same recipe as my Vampire Bite brownies, but I switched it up a little for the big V-day. If you aren't one for reading my baking posts, maybe you'd be more interested in watching me make these... I decided to make an Insta-story while making these and I've pinned the whole thing as a highlight to my profile. It's something that I think I'm gonna do every time I make something new, so keep your eyes peeled!

Brownies are one of the simplest things to make, in my opinion. It's very difficult to go wrong with them and they're super easy to customise. Plus, has anyone ever met a brownie that they didn't like? Which is exactly why these brownies are perfect for Valentine's day! Maybe you want to make your other half a homemade gift, but aren't too great in the kitchen or sure what to do. Maybe you want to organise a Galentine's afternoon tea and want to bake something sweet with a little sourness to it. These brownies are more than ideal for both scenarios! They're also fab if you just want something chocolatey to scoff all to yourself, but they were definitely made to be shared. 
So like I mentioned, these brownies are based off my Vampire Bite brownies, where I swirled raspberry jam on top to resemble blood and white chocolate chips in the mixture to represent fangs. I wanted to switch it up for Valentine's day and make the brownies a little bit more decadent. Now, when I think of a decadent dessert, my mind instantly goes to Black Forest Gateau. There's just something about the layers of chocolate, cherry and cream, so I just knew that I had to incorporate cherry. So instead of raspberry, these brownies feature swirls of cherry jam that was loaded with pieces of real cherry, making each bite a mix of sweet and tangy. I also added 200g of milk chocolate chips to make the brownies ridiculously chocolatey. Seriously, these little guys are perfect for chocoholics! And of course, I had to cut them into heart shapes (and they look a little bit veiny, what with the cherry swirls, which is a bit weird and possibly gross looking back on it now, but I'm sure once you have a bite, you can get past the appearance), so they'd fit into any Valentine's shindig!

You will need:
225g plain chocolate
225g unsalted butter
3 eggs
225g caster sugar
2 tablespoons black coffee
75g self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
200g milk chocolate chips
5ml vanilla essence or extract
Cherry jam

  1. Preheat your oven 180c/gas mark 5. Line a 13" x 9" tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Break the plain chocolate into squares and place in a heatproof bowl with the butter. Set the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and leave for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture is melted and smooth. You could also do this in the microwave if you wish, taking care not to burn the chocolate. Remove the bowl from the pan and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and coffee until smooth, then gradually beat in the cooled melted chocolate mixture. Don't worry if you don't like coffee, you really can't taste it. It just helps to give the brownies that gooey texture!
  4. Sift the flour and salt over the mixture, then fold in together with the milk chocolate chips and the vanilla essence.
  5. This is the fun part! Pour your mixture into your prepared tin, and spread it right to the edges, making sure to have an even spread of chips. Place small amounts of jam, a teaspoon or less, at various points on top of your brownie mixture. You can do as many as you like! Then, with a skewer, drag the jam through the brownie mixture, swirling and marbling as you go.
  6. Once you're happy with your jam, pop the tin into the oven and bake for around 40 minutes or until just firm in the centre. You won't want to bake it for too much longer than this, as your brownies will be dry.
  7. Leave the brownies to cool in the tin for an hour, where they will firm up slightly, before turning them out on to a board. Trim off the crusty edges (which you can totally eat as a snack) and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes out of the brownie slab. Any scraps can be frozen or just eaten on the spot!
I could quite easily eat five of these in one sitting. They're just so delicious and rich, and the fact that they're heart-shaped makes them that extra bit more yummy. Of course, you don't have to cut them into hearts and just have squares instead, but for the extra Valentine's-y look, hearts are the way to go!

5 comments:

  1. I saw you bake these on your Instagram stories and can't wait to try the recipe myself, thank you so much for sharing :) xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

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    1. Aw amazing, so glad you had a look! You absolutely have to try these out - they're scrumptious x

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  2. omg my goddness they look so good! thanks you so much for sharing this wonderful post!!

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  3. Okay glad to hear that brownies are one of the simplest things to bake, because I don't want to screw them up because I LOVE eating them. These look so good as well!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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