We had family over for a birthday barbecue celebration and these Rich Chocolate Pecan Brownies were the perfect ending to a fun day. It’s hard to top a meal that includes barbecued cheeseburgers, chips and dip, and fresh summer fruit, but these brownies were a hit.
Jim’s brother, the birthday boy, is a big chocolate lover so a chocolate dessert is always a must. He likes cookies, cakes, brownies, ice cream, but for some reason he doesn’t like pie. I’m not sure how someone could not like pie, but that is a discussion for another day. 😊
Anyway, brownies seemed like the perfect dessert for a summer day. Although, truthfully, brownies are the perfect dessert on any day.
Now you can always pick up a good store-bought brownie mix in a box. And you can even find a decent gluten-free mix from time to time. But there is something to be said about a brownie made from scratch. It may take a little more planning and assembly time, but I believe people can taste the thought and care that went into it.
The trick to a good brownie is using good quality chocolate. For these, I used chocolate with 48% cacao, but you can use any good dark chocolate you like. The higher the percent of cacao, the less sweet the chocolate. You may need to up the amount of sugar depending on the chocolate you use.
Lately I’ve been baking a lot with pecans, so adding chopped pecans to this recipe seemed like the thing to do. Who doesn’t like chocolate and nuts together?
These brownies are rich in flavor and fudgy in texture. The perfect combination for any chocolate and brownie lover. Add to that the nuttiness of the pecans and these Rich Chocolate Pecan Brownies are hard to beat.
Since it was a birthday celebration we amped them up a bit and made brownie sundaes. A couple of brownies, some vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce. Yum!!
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These brownies are rich in chocolate flavor, with a chewy, fudgy texture. Perfect on their own or topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!
- 2 (4 oz.) dark chocolate baking bars (broken into small pieces)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter cut into pieces
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup gluten-free flour
- 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Grease 8" square baking pan.
Heat chocolate, sugar, butter and water in small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate and butter are melted.
Pur into medium bowl.
Stir in eggs, one at a time, until mixed in.
Stir in vanilla extract.
Add gluten-free flour, xanthan gum and salt and mix well.
Stir in chopped pecans.
Pour into prepared baking pan.
Bake for 33 to 35 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out still slightly sticky.
Cool in pan on wire rack.
Recipe slightly adapted from Nestle