It was my boyfriend’s birthday on Sunday and because I am a wonderful girlfriend I wanted to make him a cake. I wanted to make it special for him and he loves Jack Daniels so I knew I wanted to incorporate that. I also wanted to make the cake vegan so my vegan house mate could have a slice. From this The Beardy Brownie was born. I know, kinda odd name. I have named it The Beardy Brownie in honour of my boyfriends wonderful beard:
You could just call it a Vegan JD and Cherry Brownie, but where’s the fun in that?! Right on to the recipe:
<3 250g Plain Flour
<3 350g Sugar
<3 65g Plain Cocoa Powder
<3 1tsp Baking Powder
<3 1tsp Salt
<3 300ml Water
<3 50ml Jack Daniels (any whiskey will do, or you could leave out the alcohol all together and substitute it for 50ml water)
<3 150ml Vegetable Oil
<3 1tsp Vanilla Extract
<3 100g Glacé Cherries (optional but yummy!)
1- Pre heat your oven to 180 c / gas mark 4.
2- Weigh all of your dry ingredients.
3- Wash the glacé cherries to remove all of the syrup. Next dry them thoroughly before chopping them into quarters. Toss the quarters in a teaspoon taken from your weighed out flour.
4- Stir all of the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt) together in a large bowl.
5- Measure out all of your wet ingredients (water, jack daniels, oil and vanilla extract) and add them to the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir the mixture together. You should get a lovely glossy batter. You could use either an electric whisk of a wooden spoon- both work equally well.
6- Fold in the quartered cherries.
7- Pour the batter into a lined tin. The cherries may come out in a bit of a clump, if this happens just redistribute them with a spoon.
8- Cooking time depends of the depth of the tin. Check the brownie after 20 minutes by sticking a knife into the centre. If it comes out clean then the brownie is done. If not leave it in for 5 or 10 minutes longer. It should take 30 minutes maximum but all ovens vary.
9- Let the brownie cool in the tin for about 20 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack.
10- Once cool (if you can wait that long!) slice into squares and enjoy!
This brownie is just so rich and yummy! The Jack Daniels adds a real depth and the cherries bring some sweetness in. This would be delicious served with some coconut cream or vegan custard. The birthday boy really liked it, as did everyone else and I hope you guys do too!