July 3, 2013

Pecan Brownies

Brownies, are a wonderful treat that very rarely disappoints. They can be made with many different flavor combinations and topped with almost anything. I like brownies with frosting on top, It's my favorite! I made these for my husband Brian who just happens to love brownies with out frosting.  He was being on his best behavior so I made this treat for him. I think this happens to be one of the easiest brownie recipes I have ever made. I can't wait to try it with frosting on top next time. 
I love how these turned out and they tasted Amazing!

Pecan Brownies

What Ya'll Need:
6 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter cut up
2 cups sugar
3 eggs at room temperature  
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1 cup chopped pecans

Chocolate Frosting(Optional):
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 – 3 tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch salt

What to Do:
Melt chocolate and butter slices together in microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or on stove top in heavy saucepan on very low heat. Whisk until chocolate is completely melted. Whisk sugar into chocolate until well blended. Mix in eggs one at a time then add vanilla. Stir in flour and 3/4 cup of pecans until well blended. Spread mixture into 9 x 13 glass baking dish & spread evenly. Top with remaining pecans. Bake in 325 degrees preheated oven for 27 to 30 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove brownies, place in a sink that has been filled with cold water and ice. Should be just enough to cover bottom of baking dish, let sit 2 minutes then place on rack to finish cooling completely, cut into squares and Enjoy!

*Cooking Tip: Putting brownies in "ice bath" helps cut the additional cooling time immediately. It also helps the brownies from over cooking in the baking dish.

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