Now, truth be told, I'm not the biggest fan of baking brownies. I like them just as much as the next guy. But if I'm baking, it's not something I usually make. There are just too many other dessert recipes that I love. In fact, brownies are the one food item for which I will actually use a mix. I doctor up the Ghirardelli mix, and it's quite tasty.
Having said that, I was all for a recipe for which I had all the ingredients. I had some dried fruit left over from the granola bars the other day, so I decided to use that. It's a mix of cherries, raisins, blueberries, and cranberries. It was my first try at flambeing something. It was fun! Dork that I am, I actually turned out the light to see the flame better. Dork. The brownies came together easily. I had read about people having lots of trouble with the top crust, but mine came out just fine. I kind of liked the addition of the fruit. The touch of cinnamon added an extra flavor note without being too overpowering. The brownies were moist without being too fudgy. The top was nice and shiny.
I enjoyed them. The kids and the husband liked them as well. I'm not sure I'm rushing out to make them again soon, but I'm glad to have tried them.
Up next week: La Palette's Strawberry Tart chosen by Marie of A Year in Oak Cottage. We're all pretty excited about this one. Fresh strawberries are a favorite around here.