Expert Chef Silvia Baldini makes cherry chocolate bars

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Expert Chef Silvia Baldini makes cherry chocolate bars in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt

Filling

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pound cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chopped

Instructions:

Crust

  1. Preheat over to 375°F. Line bottom and sides of 8×8-inch square baking pan with baking paper. Leave paper two inches over the rim. It will help you lift the bars once baked. mix melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in medium bowl, Add flour, almond flour, cocoa powder and salt and stir until incorporated. Transfer dough to your prepared pan, press the dough evenly across the bottom of the pan. Prick crust with a fork to prevent from puffing up. Bake the crust until golden, about 18 minutes ,Transfer crust to rack and cool in pan.

Filling

  1. Cook butter in heavy small saucepan over medium heat until deep nutty brown (do not burn), stirring often and watching carefully, about six minutes. Cool slightly.

  2. Whisk sugar, eggs, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Add flour, chocolate powder and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Gradually whisk browned butter into sugar-egg mixture; whisk until well blended.

  3. Scatter pitted cherries and chocolate in bottom of cooled crust. Pour browned butter mixture evenly over the fruit and chocolate. Bake until filling is firm and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes, Cool completely in pan on rack.

  4. Remove cooled bars from pan lifting from the overhanging paper and place them on a cutting board . Cut them into squares with a very sharp knife.

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