Chocolate Merlot Brownie Bites

The cherries are ripe and ready to pick, and it’s a race to see who can get them first, me or the birds. So far, I am holding my own, and the kitchen shows it. I have cherries everywhere and have become like the crazy zucchini lady who¬†surreptitiously slips unrequested fruit into your purse. Just since yesterday I have frozen cherries, candied cherries, made cherry jam and cherry marmalade, and made this yummy dessert that combines three of my favorite things; dark chocolate, red wine, and fresh cherries. Note: The brownie recipe is from our days as purveyors of gourmet mixes, so if you were a Wine Barrel Gourmet Chocolate Merlot Brownie Mix fan, this is the same brownie made at home.

Brownie Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup merlot or other red wine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine flours, cocoa, baking powder, sugar, and chocolate chips. Add the eggs, yogurt, and wine. Stir till well mixed. Spoon into a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until the edges have pulled away from the side of the pan. Cool. Cut into 16 pieces.

To Make Brownie Bites:

For each serving place one brownie in a dessert dish. Top with a small scoop of low-fat vanilla ice cream. Add halved fresh cherries and chopped pecans. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.

What is your favorite cherry dessert recipe? Please share them – I still have another cherry tree to harvest!

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