Even if cherry picking season is over, Mansi Desai stumbles over some fresh ones and creates these lovely cherry brown butter bars.
By Mansi Desai
Cherry-picking season is long gone, and yet I was surprised to see nice fresh cherries in Safeway today, and I couldn’t help pick up a bag. I mean, how can you pass on some Cherries?! they are a family-favorite, and though pitting them is a pain, the flavor of cherries in baked goodies is a treat we did not want to miss. So off I went, with a plan to bake one of my favorite cherry treats – Cherry Blondies with browned butter, and a layer of chocolate shavings on the top, because chocolate makes everything taste better!
Brown Butter is nothing but plain old butter, cooked until it turns light brown in color, and starts radiating a lovely nutty flavor that it acquires during the cooking process. To make browned butter, simply melt some white unsalted butter in a small saucepan on the stove. Continue cooking it on medium-high heat until the butter boils and begins to brown, attaining a deep honey-brown color. You can skimp the foam that forms on the top, but watch your butter, don’t turn on the stove and go talk on a phone, because your butter can turn from brown to black in no time!
The cherries paired beautifully with the sweet, nutty, buttery flavor of the browned butter. And the chocolate shavings on the top gave it a serrated partially melted topping that was delicious to eat. Just cut them up into cute bite-sized pieces so the cherries remain intact, and you get petit-fours that you can share and enjoy, without feeling overly-guilty.Print
A part-time recipe developer and food blogger, Mansi loves to experiment with vegetarian food, taking each recipe and giving it a fusion gourmet mark, a glimpse of which you can see on her blog called Fun and Food Cafe. As a mom of a toddler, she also looks for ways to keep her food healthy and flavorful, so even kids can enjoy it.