Turtle Brownies

I found this recipe in a Marta Stewart book.

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (didn’t use because we use salted butter)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup 35% cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (didn’t use)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped (we used a little less, probably around 3/4 cup)

1. Preheat oven to 325. (We followed Martha Stewart’s recommendation to use wax paper in a pan, but it just ended up stuck to the brownie).

2. Batter: Melt butter and chocolate (in microwave or over a pot of hot water). Let cool.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt (if using).

4. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and eggs. Add the chocolate mixture (if still warm, add a bit of the egg mixture to the chocolate first), milk and vanilla. Add flour mixture.

5. Pour batter into pan and bake 27-30 min or until done (this is where the problem with this recipe happened for us. After 30 min, the brownie wasn’t done, so we baked it some more. When our tested still came out with batter, we thought that maybe since we have to put it in the fridge later on, that the brownie was supposed to set more in the fridge. We probably should have just left it in longer.)

6. Topping: Bring sugar and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir until mixture comes to a boil, then stop. With a pastry brush, wipe down the sides of the pot. Continue to cook, swirling the pot occasionally for 5 to 7 min, or until mixture turns amber in colour. Remove from heat and immediately add cream, vanilla and salt (if using). Stir until smooth. Add pecans. Stir until caramel thickens slightly.

7.  Pour caramel over cool brownies and refrigerate for 30 min to 1 hour, until set.

Verdict: I like gooey brownies, but because of the problems with baking, these were really undercooked. They set in the fridge, so they seemed to hold together, but they were way past gooey. They were also a little sweeter than we like.

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