Recipe by Vseward (Chef~V)
This is definitely an Indulgence. If you like fudgy brownies and chocolate cake you will love this recipe. Baked in a 9x9 square pan it rises like a cake but has the texture of a fudge brownie. The best of both worlds. Edited: This is a RSC#11 Contest entry. I inadvertently left off an important ingredient. Baking Powder. Edited to add. This is a kid and family pleaser recipe, you gotta try it. Best made the night before as the flavors develop somehow overnight making an extraordinary brownie! ;)
Top Review by Midwest Maven
Even though there was the missing ingredient amount of baking powder, I'm giving this 3 stars because we enjoyed it. It wasn't fudgey like described, but I got a dense brownie-like consistency using 1 tsp. baking powder and I really liked the glaze(which I plan on using in other recipes). I think the chocolatey/fudgey factor could be increased by adding melted chocolate to the batter, adding more cocoa powder, or a combo maybe, and I didn't really taste the brandy in the brownies, so I'd increase that too, or just omit it. Overall a nice dessert though, thanks!
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, room temp (1 1/2 sticks)
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons brandy
- 2 tablespoons 2% low-fat milk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄4 cups pecans, chopped
- 1 1⁄4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon brandy
- 4 -5 teaspoons milk
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven 350°F.
- Grease or spray with non-stick cooking spray a 9 x 9 baking pan.
- Cream sugar and butter until fluffy.
- Combine eggs, vanilla, brandy and add to butter mixture.
- Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder and add to butter mixture one addition at a time. Add milk. Batter will be thick.
- Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.
- Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.
- Bake 40 - 45 minutes.
- Two Ways to top it:.
- While hot, pour 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips on top, spread after a minute to make a thin chocolate topping, add additional pecans if desired.
- OR GLAZE:.
- Heat butter in medium saucepan over medium heat until melted. Cool for 2 minutes, add powdered sugar, brandy and milk and beat until smooth.
- Drizzle top of cooled cake.