Only 1 week until Thanksgiving and 5 weeks until Christmas! The holidays mean many things but one of the most exciting is that they are holidays of pies. Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, blueberry pie, chocolate pie… there are so many choices that it’s almost worth skipping the turkey to save room for pies.
I usually choose the chocolate option over any other dessert on offer but there’s something about pies that makes them irresistible. The crumbly crust, a sweet filling, a large warm slice with cold ice cream melting on top… Perfection. Almost. If only a pie could be combined with chocolate so that it satisfied both cravings in the same bite…
The answer? Pecan pie brownies.
Pecan Pie Brownies
For the brownie base:
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla exract
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon warm water
1/4 cup ground oats or oat flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sorghum flour
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
For the pecan pie topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Grease an 8×8 baking dish.
- To make the brownie base, place butter and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between sessions, until melted. Add sugar and let cool.
- In a bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (ground oats through baking powder).
- Add vanilla, eggs, and water to chocolate mixture. Pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.
- To make the pecan pie topping, lightly beat egg in a large bowl. Add melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla and stir to combine. Add milk and mix to incorporate. Fold in pecans.
- Pour brownie mixture into the baking dish and spread to cover the base evenly. Pour pecan mixture on top. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, until the center is almost firm.
- Enjoy warm, at room temperature, or straight out of the fridge – all of these temperatures are delicious!
Recipe source: British Girl Bakes