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Monday, 13 August 2018

Summer Fruits #lovefreshcherries Challenge

This summer has been full of unexpected surprises: 
  1. the actual real life sunshine staying around for longer than a week.
  2. the English football team nearly actually living the dream at the word cup
  3. the kids actually discovering a new fruit they like!
When we were asked to take part in the #lovefreshcherries challenge with BritMums I was dubious of taking up a fruit based challenge. Aside from bananas, strawberries and raspberries we don't have the biggest fruit fans and they aren't known for their adventurous palettes.

Turns out de-stoning cherries is exciting stuff - they loved getting involved and helping to prepare them and found them to be really juicy and sweet so they were a winner! They also loved that we made brownies with them (recipe below).

On the information that came with our #lovefreshcherries kit I was also surprised to find out that cherries contain melatonin which helps to promote healthy sleep patterns - now surely that is winning on all levels, not only one of the 5 a day but also something to help the kids sleep!

To really promote the new fruit to my two I decided to mix cherries with their favourite song of the summer (Three Lions) and the results were as follows...

Fresh Cherries for Dessert by Henry aged 4

Here's our recipe for Cherry Chocolate brownies:

130g butter
150g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
55g cherries
225g caster sugar
55g cocoa powder
75g plain flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
3 large free-range eggs

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas 4. Line a 20cm square baking tin (or the equivalent) with greaseproof paper.
  2. Melt the butter and dark chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (don’t let the bowl touch the water).
  3. De-stone the cherries and roughly chop them along with the pecans. Stir into the melted chocolate, then take off the heat.
  4. In another bowl, add the sugar, then sift in the cocoa powder, flour and baking powder. Add to the melted chocolate mixture and stir till well combined.
  5. Beat the eggs and mix in. Roughly chop and stir through the milk or dark chocolate (if using).
  6. Transfer the mixture to the tin, then bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. You want them a little gooey in the middle.
  7. Remove from the oven and cool in the tray, before cutting into squares.
This post is an entry for the BritMums #lovefreshcherries challenge, sponsored by Love Fresh Cherries (@lovefreshcherries).


  1. Brownies are always good and cherries add a fruity twist. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

  2. Did you put your video on You Tube - can you send a link please to that? You can contact me on


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