Monday, September 10, 2012
Personal Pecan Pie Brownies
As Fall is approaching (I hear it’s officially here on September 22nd), I’m trying to get in the “Fall Spirit”. Every year it’s a little tough to transition from Summer to Fall in South Florida… because, well… the only tell-tale sign that Fall has arrived is that Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s are back at Starbucks! hah
It’s like 1000 degrees outside! I break into a full sweat just walking to the car most mornings. Seriously. People up north are breaking out cute boots & scarves while I’m just wishing it was “work appropriate” to show up in my bathing suit. For. Real.
Anyways, I took last week of from blogging to re-fresh my brain, but I realized I never gave you the final course to our Southern Food & Beer Pairing! SHAME. ON. ME.
These Personal Pecan Pie Brownies are easy peasy, “fall appropriate, and TO. DIE. FOR.
Yes. I. Like. To. Use. Periods. To. Emphasize. Things.
It’s a thing.
Ya, we had a 5 course beer pairing where 2 of the courses were dessert! Hubs wanted cobbler… I wanted something chocolate. So we made both!
These personal sized pecan pie brownies were adapted from Jessica’s Bourbon Pecan Pie Brownies.
I’m lazy and used boxed brownies because… well, I have yet to find a homemade brownie that I love as much as the Ghirardelli boxed kind. So WHY would I make them from scratch?!
I made them in personal sized ramekins, because I’m kind of into that sort of thing. This is MY dessert – That is YOUR dessert.
I nixed the bourbon for these since we had all the beer pairings going on – but you could totally add the bourbon into the filling (I’ve made it that way & it’s delish!)
In case you missed the first four courses from our Beer Pairing:
- Course 1: Fried Green Tomatoes with Jalapeno Tabasco Ranch
- Course 2: Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
- Course 3: Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Slaw & Jalapeno Cheddar Waffles
- Course 4: Individual Cherry Cobblers
A quick word from the hubs on the beer selection:
We paired the Pecan Pie Brownies with the Southern Tier 2X Double Milk Stout. Milk stouts are made with lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Yeast cannot ferment lactose, so it’s creamy sweetness is left behind in the finished beer. The Double Milk Stout has a bigger grain and hop bill resulting in 7.5 ABV (Alcohol by Volume) and 50 IBU (International Bittering Units). Despite the hoppy IBU score, this beer is smooth, creamy, full of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate notes with low carbonation and a medium mouthful. I typically don’t like stouts; to me they taste like day old black coffee but I love this milk stout. Chocolate milk meets after dinner espresso all wrapped up in a tasty brew. I’m sold and I think you will be too.
Personal Pecan Pie Brownies
Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45-55 minutes (plus cooling time)
Total Time: 65-75 minutes
Individual sized brownies topped with pecan pie filling: a mash up of two classic desserts!
1 box Ghirardelli brownies of choice
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup salted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 325ºF. Spray 6 ramekins with non-stick cooking spray (or Baker's Joy). Mix together brownie batter according to box directions. Divide evenly among the 6 prepared ramekins. Bake for 25-30 minutes until just under-cooked in the centers. Allow to cool.
While brownies are cooling, bump oven up to 375ºF and prepare pecan pie filling. Whisk together light corn syrup and brown sugar until well combined and smooth. Add eggs and vanilla extract and continue to whisk until combined. Next add butter (and 1-2 TBS bourbon if adding). Once mixture is well combined, fold in the chopped pecans. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of filling into each of the par-baked brownies in ramekins. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until topping is set.
Eat hot straight out of the ramekin with a scoop of ice cream on top (or if you've got serious will power, you can allow them to cool & pop the brownies out of the ramekins to serve).
Pecan Pie filling adapted from: How Sweet It Is