Brownies, a standard recipe, with canned cherries and oatmeal added, and sliced almonds pressed into the top, very tasty, oh, lots of salt, too, the salt is as important as anything else, and does not really show up in a picture like this

Cherry Almond Brownies

2 sticks butter
4oz Baker's Chocolate (1 package)
2 cups brown sugar (accept no substitutes)

I melted the butter and chocolate together; and then, poured over the brown sugar and mixed together, before letting it cool, because the next step is adding eggs; and I don't like it when the eggs congeal (even slightly) upon impact.

2 eggs (because that's what I had)

And I mixed it all together.

1 teaspoon almond extract (can one ever have too much?)
1 cup flour (because round numbers bake better)

Yes, indeed. This is where I thought I should mix it together once again, prior to proceeding.

In a separate bowl, I mixed together the following. And please note, I did this in a separate bowl, because... well, doesn't that sound neat, you know, just like they might do on one of those cooking shows. And I wanted the cherry juice to be absorbed by the oatmeal (and not the chocolate batter).

1½ cup Dark Morello Cherries (as available from Trader Joe's, truly things of wonder; and I drained them, using just the cherries, as I'll drink the juice later, maybe as a cocktail with some Amaretto)
2 cups oatmeal

A real chef, which I obviously am not, would have measured the oatmeal first, then spooned the cherries over, mixing lightly, before setting aside and proceeding with the rest of the recipe.

Instead, I opted to read a chapter of Moby Dick.

After mixing it all together, I poured the lot into a pre-buttered glass baking dish. The one I chose was a mite too large.

2-3 teaspoons salt (lightly... or heavily... dusted over the top... I chose heavily)
1 cup sliced almonds (spread over the top)

And then, I tamped the entire thing down with the bottom of my measuring cup, setting the almonds into place. We must have order, after all. And cooked for 45 minutes at 350°, including warm up time, as Real Men do not pre-heat ovens... or take whatever they are cooking out of the oven right away, so I left it in for ten more minutes; and after that, let it cool in the oven with the door open.

So, um...

Take that accurate cooking times!

The salt worked out great. This one's a keeper.

May, 2018

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