We Turks love pistachios. Turkey produces some of the best pistachios in the world, around the Gaziantep region at the southeast part of Turkey, and they are absolutely to die for. We also love cherries and are lucky to produce wonderfully flavored fresh cherries at home. So when I saw this recipe on Food and Travel magazine, it was irresistible to try (I slightly changed it using a little less sugar and butter). And the outcome was wonderful too; delicious brownies bursting with fabulous cherry and pistachio flavors, a real treat.
Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 35-40 minutes
300 gr/2/3pound dark chocolate (75% cocoa solids)
310gr/11oz caster sugar
230gr/8oz unsalted butter
70gr/2 1/2oz sour cherries (1 packet)
4 medium free range eggs
100gr/3 1/4oz pistachio nuts
60gr/2oz cocoa powder
90gr/3oz plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Pinch of salt
Icing sugar and ice cream (vanilla would work well).
Preheat the oven to 190 C/370 F
Break up the chocolate into pieces. Cut the butter into small cubes and melt with the chocolate, either over a bain-marie or in the microwave.
While the chocolate mixture is cooling, whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture, and then sift in the cocoa powder, plain flour and bicarbonate of soda. Finally add the nuts, cherries and the pinch of salt, mix well.
Line a 10in x 8 in baking tray or brownie tin with baking parchment. Slightly grease the parchment and pour the brownie mixture evenly. Cook in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool, then slice and dust with icing sugar. You can enjoy it plain with tea or coffee or treat it as a dessert and serve with vanilla ice cream.