Decadent Chocolate Pecan Brownies



How would you describe a chocolate heaven?

I don't know either but decadent chocolate pecan brownies would be waiting at the gates.

The sour cream and chocolate blend together well with a bitter sweet flavor that's to die for, ok to live for, you could be in heaven on earth, right?

Make some for your friends, neighbors, your children's teachers as a "thank you" gift, surprise your boyfriend or spouse. Or whoever you know that likes chocolate.

It doesn't matter who it is they are sure to like this deluxe brownies recipe. Just pack them in a decorative tin or cellophane bag tied off with a ribbon. Write out a cute gift message and you have yourself a simple, but gourmet edible gift.


Decadent Chocolate Pecan Brownies

Ingredients

Brownie Base

  • 1/2 cup (1 sticks) Butter (cut up)
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Frosting

  • 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup pecan halves

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch baking pan.
  2. Base:Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler over low simmering water.
  4. Pour into large bowl and beat in the sugar and vanilla.
  5. Remove from heat and add sugar, eggs, stir lightly until slightly blended.
  6. Mix in dry ingredients and pecans.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes until dry on top and not quite firm. DO NOT BURN.
  9. Cool completely in pan.
  10. Frosting: Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over barely low simmering water.
  11. Stir in the sour cream until well blended.
  12. Spread the frosting over the brownie base and sprinkle on pecan halves.
  13. Let chocolate set for 30 minutes. Then cut into bars.


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