While going through my Google Reader, a recipe caught my eye. Pecan Pie Brownies? Yum, I love nuts and our Kentucky Derby Pie, which has similar ingredients, was awesome.
I did cheat and use a boxed brownie mix as the base, Ghiraradelli since they taste the most homemade in my opinion. These came together in a snap and I was enjoying a nice warm brownie in no time.
These were gooey and sweet but not as good as the pie. I may have had my hopes up a bit too high since we love the pecan and chocolate combo but I felt these could have been better. I may try again using a homemade brownie as the base but I don’t know if that will help, I just felt the topping needed a bit more flavor, salt? maybe bourbon, maple syrup? I am not sure. I will say that I ate half a pan in a day so these are by no means bad.
If you are looking for a yummy twist on a typical brownie than I would recommend these, if you however want pecan pie and chocolate, make this pie.
I rate this recipe a 7.5
Pecan Pie Brownies
For the Brownie Layer (I cheated and used a box mix)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp espresso powder, optional
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
3/4 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips
For the Pecan Pie Layer
1/2 cup honey or corn syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 cups chopped pecans
For the Brownie Layer
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 8″x8″ pan
In a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine.
Transfer the sugar mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl, if you’ve heated it in a saucepan. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla.
Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth.
Add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth.
Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 8″x8″ pan. Bake for 10 minutes while you prepare the pecan pie layer.
For the Pecan Pie Layer
While the brownies are in the oven, mix the pecan pie layer.
In a medium bowl, combine the corn syrup and sugar. Whisk until smooth.
Mix in the eggs and vanilla. Add the melted butter and stir until combined.
Stir in the pecans.
After the brownies have baked for 10 minutes, remove from oven. Pour pecan pie layer over brownies and use a spatula to spread evenly to the edges of the pan.
Return to the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes until pecan pie topping is completely set.
Remove from oven and allow to cool, preferably overnight. Cut and serve with ice cream or whipped cream.