3 Kinds of Hospitality with Black and White Cherry Brownies

If you are a brownie lover and a cherry lover, this Black and White Cherry Brownies recipe will knock your socks off. It’s gooey, rich, and chocolatey, with sweet giant cherries, all mixed together.

Black and White Cherry Brownies

Your guests may beat down your door the following day to get access to the leftovers (if you have any!) of this amazing recipe I’m sharing today!

This happens to be one of the busiest weeks we’ve had in a while, when it comes to inviting people over for meals. Between hosting an overnight guest, friends stopping by, soccer kids over to watch the World Cup, our kids’ friends stopping by for a meal, it’s as though we’re living out and truly practicing hospitality with intensity—not just showing hospitality, but seeking it out, making it happen, pursuing it … feasting on life.

Black and White Cherry Brownies

Feasting on life.

I say “feasting on life” because to me, the whole process of preparing for guests–planning the meals, cleaning the house, thinking about how we can make things special–has gotten me thinking about the nature of hospitality. I think that how we pursue hospitality depends a lot on our perception of it: Whether we consider hosting to be a hardship (a pain, too much effort and work), or a joy.

A joy, where we chalk it up as a privilege to have people into our homes, to share and invest in their lives, to show we care, to share food and drinks – to feast on life!

Black and White Cherry Brownies

What “style” do you fall in to?

There are 3 styles of entertaining, and I’m wondering today which one you fall into:

Me-centered. Sometimes this kind of entertaining makes everything look “perfect” and new. Being caught up with all the details in making things look good and perfect, and making sure that your guests think you are the BEST hostess in the world.

Just-because. Hosting because your spouse or boss expects it, but not really having any enthusiasm for the event or the guests. Some people hate this kind of hospitality (just being real here).

Guest-centered. Creating a warm environment for our guests with thoughtful, subtle touches, and a person-centered attitude, rather than a setting-centered attitude. A beautiful, gentle, easy-flowing way of practicing hospitality, because the food and environment don’t matter as much as the people.

Black and White Cherry Brownies

An attitude and an opportunity.

I like to think of hospitality more as an attitude that we have toward one another. It calls us to help a guest feel at ease, implying an attitude of service toward our guests.

I like to think of hospitality as an opportunity to invite others in. To experience community, with cheerful, willing hearts, with not a lot of overblown production and afterthought (or worries).

If we’re keen on serving our guests and putting their needs first, we really step out of the limelight, into the shadows, and become vessels of something very unique and wonderful.

And sweet … like these brownies.

What is something that you do to keep your guests at the center of your hospitality?

Black and White Cherry Brownies

Black and White Cherry Brownies

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

I use fresh cherries for a richer flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 oz. dark chocolate
  • 4 oz. white chocolate
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 1/3 cups walnut halves
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), melted

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly great an 8x8 pan (or line with parchment paper). Combine the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, and baking powder.
  2. Set aside the combined chocolate pieces. (Chop into small pieces if you are using large chunks.)
  3. Add the 4 beaten eggs to the dry mixture, and mix until just combined. Gently stir in the chocolate pieces, cherries, and walnuts.
  4. Slowly melt the butter (in small pan or microwave) and pour into the mixture; stir without over mixing.
  5. Spoon the brownie mixture into the prepared 8-inch pan, and bake for 45-50 minutes.
  6. Let cool for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares. Serve with premium vanilla ice cream and fresh cherries on top.

   

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6 Responses to “3 Kinds of Hospitality with Black and White Cherry Brownies”

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    Amanda — July 21, 2014 @ 6:36 am

    This brownie treat looks so amazing, I can imagine the neighbors are busting down the door to get at these! :) We’ve got some house guests over the next few weeks and your posts always are thought provoking to make sure I’m doing my job as a hostess, thanks!

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    Danny — July 21, 2014 @ 7:44 am

    These brownies look so amazing! I will be sure to try and bake some soon.
    I always try to make my guests feel at ease and try to create a warm and friendly environment, where everyone can relax. I’d rather not have everything too fussy and complicated, as I want to spend a much time with my guests as possible.

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    Naomi — July 21, 2014 @ 8:17 am

    These brownies look great. Perfect for low-fuss entertaining.

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    Tieghan Gerard — July 21, 2014 @ 6:38 pm

    These brownies sound perfect and I love the cherries. I am cherry crazed at the moment!

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    Vinnie Schleigh — July 22, 2014 @ 9:46 am

    Thank you for this recipe Sandy, our family is going to the coast for 2 weeks and I am planning the desserts ahead to take, this one will be another perfect one. Thank you

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    Nathalie C. @ Devoted Foodie — July 22, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    I’m not much of a brownie person but this looks good. Love the addition of the cherries…and the almond extract.

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