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Tuesday, March 31, 2015


According to Holidays-and-Observances.com,  March is Berries and Cherries Month. Those of you who follow this blog or have read any of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries know how much I enjoy combining chocolate with berries and cherries (and how much Anastasia loves eating them!) So today I’m featuring a recipe for Grandma’s Homemade Brownies. Not my grandma, though. The recipe comes from author Susan Lohrer and is featured in in Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing. In the original recipe you can use chopped nuts, raisins, or cherries. Of course, I’m going with the cherry version. And Susan suggests for a lower-calorie version of this recipe, you can substitute applesauce for half the cooking oil, but I suggest simply cutting the brownies into tiny portions.

Grandma’s Homemade Brownies

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/4 cup cool water
1/2 cup (or more) dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place all ingredients in bowl in order given and beat on low speed until just mixed. Pour batter into prepared 9” x13” pan.

Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in brownies comes out clean.

Bake, Love, Write:
105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing
What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on love and writing.

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Angela Adams said...

These look delicious! Thanks!!


They taste even better than they look, Angela! :-)