I love baking brownies and trying to come up with something a bit different. These black forest brownies with cherry conserve definitely have a 1970s vibe going on and taste great too.
Black Forest Brownies are my nod to the 1970s when Black Forest Gateaux was considered the height of sophistication and the prawn cocktail ruled supreme.
Okay, come on, nobody ever said the seventies were known for their taste in any department, but I love that sort of food. These Black Forest Brownies are amazing!
Gotta love brownies!
Everyone loves brownies, I know my daughter has to be one of the world’s greatest fans of these gooey, sweet bakes that take chocolate indulgence to a new level.
I thought I’d take my usual brownie recipe and tweak it a little to turn it into a Black Forest Brownie. Basically by adding in that all-important component of the infamous Black Forest Gateaux, cherries!
Now the other important component in that seventies confection would be whipped cream.
While I’ve not included this in my recipe for my Black Forest Brownies I do have to say they sit very well with a nice dollop of whipped cream.
It would finish off the whole illusion of teleporting back to the seventies without having to wear loon pants or listen to the Bay City Rollers et al.
Ingredients for black forest brownies
- Cocoa Powder
- Plain Flour
- Baking Powder
- Caster Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Cherry Conserve or jam
I have used my own homemade French style cherry conserve for these brownies.
It’s super rich and luxurious and just packed with cherry flavour. Of course you can use any cherry jam you like. But homemade is always best.
How to make these brownies
I always think brownies are fun baking. You’re not whipping out loads of bowls and doing this and that and creating a multitude of washing up.
You are basically cooking up your ingredients in a pan first then tipping them into a baking dish and popping it into the oven. Hardly any washing up at all and I call that a good baking result!
How long will these brownies last
They will usually keep in a sealed tin or box for a few days if you don’t eat them all at once.
Can you freeze brownies?
Yes, simply wrap them well in cling film and pop into a freezer-proof bag or box and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost well.
How to serve these Black Forest Brownies
They make such a great little tea time treat just as they are sprinkled with a little icing sugar.
Or go all out on the Black Forest route and serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a cherry on top!
They are even better in the summer when cherries are in season and you can serve them with some whipped cream on the side and a cherry on top.
Looking for more cherry inspired recipes? Then here are some other cherry recipes you might like.
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Black Forest Brownies With Cherry Conserve
- 115 g unsalted butter
- 55 g cocoa powder
- 85 g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs beaten
- 175 g caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 100 g cherry jam
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
- Line a 28 x 18cm/11 x 7″ baking tin
- Melt the butter in a pan then remove from heat
- Stir in the cocoa powder till smooth and well blended
- Add in eggs, sugar and vanilla extract
- Now fold in the flour and baking powder
- Stir in the cherry conserve/jam
- Pour batter into lined baking tray and bake for 30 minutes till skewer inserted in centre comes out clean
- Cut into pieces and cool on wire rack