Prep 1 hr 15 mins
Cook 35 mins
- 1 lb bittersweet chocolate, chopped and divided
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, diced
- 1⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon espresso powder
- 4 eggs
- 1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt, divided
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups cherries (preferably fresh sweet cherries)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- whole sweet cherries, for garnish (with stems)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F Line a 9x13 baking pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
- In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, melt 8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate and all the butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Whisk in the cocoa powder and espresso powder until smooth. Set aside to cool.
- In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla bean paste and 1/2 teaspoon salt; whisk until combined, then pour in the warm chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Gradually add the flour, stirring with a spatula or wooden spoon just until combined. Fold in the 2 cups pitted cherries.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a crust forms on top a toothpick comes out almost clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature, about 2 hours. Once cooled, lift the brownies by the foil out of the pan, and transfer to a cutting board.
- To make the ganache, place the remaining 8 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate in a bowl. Pour the heavy cream into a saucepan; over medium low heat bring the cream to a gentle simmer just until it starts to bubble. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes, then stir with a spatula until smooth. Pour over the cooled brownies and smooth out the top.
- Before the ganache sets, sprinkle the remaining 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt over the ganache, then garnish with whole cherries. Let sit for 15-20 minutes until the ganache is set (you can refrigerate them to speed up the process), then cut into squares.