Happy V-day! Sparked from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, February 14th has been proclaimed as a day to celebrate women and end violence towards them. No longer just a commercial holiday to remind single people how alone they are in the world! The V stands for Victory, Valentine, and Vagina. I just saw the Vagina Monologues for the first time ever on Friday, and it was SO EMPOWERING.
Since I am also against violence to nonhuman animals (particularly the females whose reproductive systems get totally exploited just so people can have their eggs and dairy), I bring to you today an awesome recipe for vegan black forest brownies. It’s a new spin on chocolate covered cherries: a cherry layer sandwiched between layers of brownie!
I was going for a cakey-fudgy brownie, but these turned out really fudgy with an intense chocolate flavor. Since the rum gets cooked with the cherries as well as baked in the brownie, most of the alcohol burns off, but you can feel free to leave it out. For an even more intense flavor, substitute black cocoa powder for 1 TBSP of regular cocoa powder.
Cherry Cordial Brownies
For the cherries:
1 cup cherries (fresh or frozen)
1 TBSP sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1 TBSP rum
For the brownies:
2 oz unsweetened baker’s chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup nondairy milk
1 TBSP ground flax mixed with 3 TBSP water
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup flour
4 TBSP cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease an 8×8 pan.
Mix all the ingredients for the cherry filling in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until thickened.
In a large glass mixing bowl, microwave the chocolate in 1-2 minute intervals until melted. Mix in the oil, nondairy milk, flax “egg,” sugar, and vanilla.
Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined.
Spread about half the batter in the prepared pan. Top with the cherry mixture, and then spoon the rest of the brownie batter on top trying to spread it as evenly as you can.
Bake for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for about 1/2 hour before eating. If you don’t plan on eating within the next two days, store brownies in the refrigerator (but bring back to room temp before serving).