Black Forest Brownies
Sometimes there is nothing more satisfying than a rich, chocolatey brownie.
Life is funny sometimes. At times it seems as if there is nothing going on; and then, suddenly everything is happening all at once. I am having one of those weeks already. Today is my day off, but of course, my brain is already set on everything else I have to do this week. Thankfully we went for a walk this morning, and the abundant sounds of “now” were all around us. The birds were chirping, the wind was blowing the branches of trees, and cars were zooming along the expressway in the distance. These noises were a reminder that we were in the present, and that’s all we really have in each moment of life. In the midst of busy weeks, we project images in our minds of what is to come next, what the next stress is that we are going to have to deal with. But at the end of the day, none of that matters. These stresses are all in our head, until we actually have to face or deal with them in reality.
Life certainly doesn’t get easier with age, but with age comes wisdom. Each year, I accumulate more stresses, more bills. But each year, I grow and learn. Nobody said life was easy. I am certainly understanding why my parents were always so tired going up. Mom and dad, I now understand. (P.S. thank you for being the model figures in my life that got me where I am today.)
So, black forest brownies…
I pulled this recipe from the archives of my previous blog. It is cherry season after all. This brownie recipe is an indulgent combination of chocolate, almond, and cherries. It’s based upon the infamous and classic Black Forest Cake but adapted to brownie form. You can certainly add Kirsch, a clear cherry brandy used in the classic Black Forest recipe, to the cherry topping, but my version uses only almond extract. You can also use fresh cherries as well; however keep in mind this will affect the consistency when using this recipe, so you may have to adjust the quantity of cornstarch.
These black forest brownies would pair lovely with a glass of red wine and a good book. Is that the perfect way to end your Sunday? I think so.