Michigan Brownies

Brownie Ingredients
All-Purpose Flour – 1/2 cup
Unsweetened Cocoa – 1/3 cup
Granulated Sugar – 1 cup
Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon
Iodized Salt – 1/4 teaspoon
Eggs – 2
Canola Oil – 1/2 cup
Semisweet Chocolate Chips – 1/3 cup
Vanilla Extract – 1 teaspoon

Mackinac Island Fudge Sauce Ingredients
Unsalted Butter – 1 cup
Unsweetened Cocoa – 1/3 cup
Unsweetened Baker’s Chocolate – 1 ounce
Granulated Sugar – 3 cups
Evaporated Milk – 1 can (12 fluid ounces)
Vanilla Extract – 1 teaspoon

Traverse City Tart Cherry Fruit Topping
Unsalted Butter – 2 Tablespoons
Granulated Sugar – 1/3 cup
Michigan Cherry Wine – 1 cup
Almond Extract – 1 teaspoon
Frozen, Tart Pitted Cherries – 2 cups
Corn Starch – 1 Tablespoon
Water – 1/4 cup


Directions

Brownie directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9X9” baking pan, generously coating with butter or canola oil. In a mixing bowl, add ingredients and mix thoroughly. Place brownie batter in prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before cutting and serving.

Mackinac Island Fudge Sauce
Combine butter and unsweetened chocolate over medium heat and melt ingredients. Add evaporated milk. In a bowl, combine granulated sugar and cocoa and stir cocoa into sugar. Add sugar/cocoa mixture slowly to melted ingredients while stirring. Bring hot fudge ingredients to a boil. Continue stirring and allow mixture to boil for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Allow mixture to stop boiling before carefully transferring hot fudge into a blender. Blend on high about 3 minutes. Serve immediately, while still warm. Store in refrigerator.

Traverse City Tart Cherry Fruit Topping Directions:
Melt butter in pan and stir in sugar and wine. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add cherries and almond extract to wine and sugar mixture and bring to a boil. Simmer until liquid in the sauce has reduced by half, about 15 minutes, before adding corn starch slurry. Mix until smooth and to the desired thickness and allow to cook an additional 5 minutes before serving.

To serve: Once cooled, cut brownies into squares or desired designs (can be creative with cookie cutters for shapes) and place on plates. Scoop vanilla ice cream on top of each brownie and top with Mackinac Island Fudge Sauce and the Traverse City Tart Cherry Fruit Topping. Serve immediately. Store in refrigerator.