Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Dorie Greenspan chocolate cherry brownies from #BakingChezMoi on eatlivetravelwrite.comThese chocolate cherry brownies for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie (p 322). There were moments when I was doubting Dorie a little. Not when I saw the list of ingredients. Not when I licked my finger when some of the batter splattered onto it. Not when I smelled the brownies baking in the oven.

But when I pulled them from the oven at 27 minutes (the recipe says 27=29 but because I baked them in a slightly bigger pan than the recipe called for, they were flatter than they should have been so I was worried they would dry out), they were very far from done. A skewer inserted into the middle of the pan showed a very wet mixture. I baked them for 2 more minutes, then 3, then 3 more for a total of 35 minutes. They were still quite soft but, trusting Dorie as I have learned to, I popped them on a cooling rack until they were cool enough to remove. Or so I thought.

When I took them out of the pan a few hours later they were still squidgy. A little too squidgy to cut into squares (without making a giant mess). I got as far as the photo above and abandoned my mission. I placed the long brownie bars in the pan again and covered them tightly with plastic wrap until the next night when I was taking them to a potluck.

Dorie Greenspan chocolate cherry brownies from Baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe next day… They were perfect…

Moral of the story – perhaps cook the brownies a smidge longer than the recipe calls for but ultimately, trust Dorie and be patient!

Get the recipe for Dorie’s chocolate cherry brownies here or on p 322 of Baking Chez Moi.

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22 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Chocolate Cherry Brownies

  1. Mr. Neil June 9, 2015 at 08:12 #

    Wow, if Dorie teaches Mardi patience in this book, that’s a feat. 😉

    These look, of course, gloriously moist. A pity the whole tray was whisked away to the staff room!

  2. Peggy June 9, 2015 at 08:22 #

    I only had to cook mine about three minutes longer than Dorie said. I think different ovens just cook differently. Your brownies look delicious. I really loved these even though I had my doubts that I would like the cherry part.

  3. Amy June 9, 2015 at 11:18 #

    They look delicious. My trick to the underdone brownies was to freeze them overnight. The next day they were like perfect pieces of fudge.

    • Mardi Michels July 5, 2015 at 11:13 #

      Ah see I wouldn’t like that consistency but resting overnight definitely helps!

  4. Ryan June 9, 2015 at 12:03 #

    Your photos look great; I can’t tell that your brownies were “squidgy” at all !

  5. Katrina June 9, 2015 at 15:25 #

    Isn’t that so weird about the baking time. Mine were perfect at 28 minutes.
    My new favorite word ever–squidgy. 😉

  6. Kathy June 9, 2015 at 17:12 #

    They look perfect, Mardi! And they were so good! I also left mine in the oven longer. My grandkids couldn’t keep their hands off of them.

  7. Cakelaw June 9, 2015 at 17:46 #

    These were so good weren’t they! I have had a recent experience with too-squidgy brownies so my pride was not going to allow these ones to fall into a puddle, so I kept baking until the centre didn’t slip into the tester mark.

  8. Sarah R June 9, 2015 at 20:41 #

    I was a little worried about mine, but I also left them overnight, and they were just fine the next morning.

  9. Liz June 9, 2015 at 20:41 #

    I’m baking these tonight, but with only a few cherries. Thanks for all the tips! Yours look divine!!

  10. Nicole June 9, 2015 at 21:57 #

    Yeah I made a mess of cutting them too, but they quickly went down the hatch so… YUM!

  11. steph (whisk/spoon) June 10, 2015 at 11:13 #

    love the crinkly top! yes, brownies have a way of righting themselves if they’ve rested long enough…great fudgy consistency.

  12. Diane Zwang June 10, 2015 at 22:41 #

    I guess I got lucky that mine came out alright at 29 minutes. We have enjoyed these all week long with ice cream. Stressful week for everyone which requires chocolate:)

  13. Peggy the Baker June 13, 2015 at 20:31 #

    I, too, have learned to trust Dorie. I always feel like she’s standing in the kitchen with me, cheering me on.

  14. Cathleen | My Culinary Mission June 15, 2015 at 18:03 #

    I think your “strips” look great!

    After reading all the chatter about the brownies needing more cooking time, I cooked mine @ 350°F for 25 minutes and they were perfect. They definitely firm up more each day and they are just as tasty a few days later.

    • Mardi Michels July 5, 2015 at 11:11 #

      Yes it needs to add in the recipe that they are much better the next day!

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