After my recent review of Bake Shop in a Book (1979), I was inspired to experiment with a new recipe and, in the words of Duncan Hines, “bake my idea” into a reality.
The inspiration for this recipe is a simple one. When I was a kid my family used to have “special” dinners out at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Nashville, Tennessee, where each meal was concluded with a bowl of spumoni ice cream. This recipe combines those flavors – cherry, chocolate, and pistachio – in a rich brownie that is insanely easy to make.
- One package Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge brownie mix
- 1/2-3/4 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup shelled pistachios
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 eggs
Boil water. Place dried cherries in a coffee cup and pour boiling water over the top to cover. Let the cherries sit for at least 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, to rehydrate and cool to room temperature. Drain cherries, reserving the liquid in a measuring cup.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees for glass or metal pans (325 for dark or non-stick pans). Grease or spray the bottom of the pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Place brownie mix, oil, eggs, and 1/3 cup reserved cherry water into a large bowl. Stir until well-blended (about 50 strokes), adding cherries and pistachios roughly halfway through.
Bake following the chart below, adding 3-5 minutes for dark or non-stick pans. Brownies are done when a toothpick inserted 1″ from the edge of the pan comes out clean.
|Pan Size||13″ x 9″||9″ x 9″||8″ x 8″|
|Bake Time||25-28 min.||36-40 min.||38-41 min.|
Note: I prefer my brownies a bit on the fudgy side, as opposed to the cakey side. However, I followed the instructions for “cake-like” brownies and used the recommended 2 eggs to counteract the added moisture from the cherries. The resulting brownies were definitely rich and fudge-like, even with the extra egg. So you may need to add a 3rd egg if cake-like brownies are more your thing.