Moist and Fudgy Brownies with California Dried Prunes

Ingredients

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves 16

For the Brownies:
Cooking spray
8 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup California Dried Plum purée (see below for instructions)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
For the Prune Puree:
1 1/3 cups (about 8 ounces) Mariani Pitted Prunes
6 tablespoons hot water

Directions

1. Heat oven to 325ºF. Spray an 8- X 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving the paper overhanging on 2 sides; spray paper with cooking spray.
2. In large heatproof bowl, melt chocolate with oil over simmering water. Whisk in sugar and dried plum purée until mixed; whisk in eggs and vanilla. Fold in flour and salt just until blended; fold in walnuts. Scrape batter into prepared pan, spreading it evenly.
3. Bake about 30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the brownies comes out clean. Cool in pan at least 10 minutes; remove from pan and cut into 2-inch squares.

For the Prune Puree:
1. In food processor, process Mariani Pitted Prunes and water until puréed. Cover and refrigerate up to 1 month. Makes 1 cup.

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