Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Pie-Day: Brownie Pie

Just when you thought brownies couldn’t get any better…

Yep, it’s a brownie pie. With lots of delicious toppings.

I’ll let you clean up your drool before we move on to the ingredients you will need to make one of your own.

While you set about preparing the pie, you might as well preheat the oven and toss these chopped pecans in – they will come in handy on the top later.

First mix in the melted butter with some brown and white sugar.

I went a little out of order and accidentally whisked in the cocoa next. Can I help it if I prioritize the good stuff? Whatever. It all came together in the end.

Now it’s starting to look like brownie batter!

After rolling out your pie crust, carefully pour the brownie batter inside.

As you can see, we filled ours a little more than ¾ of the way to the top, and it rose a little in the oven.

This is what it looks like when it comes out of the oven. But we didn’t stop there!

Add some chocolate chips and those toasted pecans as soon as the pie comes out of the oven so they’ll melt on top. Don’t be stingy either – the top should be covered. Mmmmmm.

Finally, drizzle some caramel sauce over everything. We just used a few spoonfuls off the top of our jar, but we put the whole jar in the microwave to heat it up first.

And there you have it! As you can imagine, it was decadent and oh so worth it.

So slice it and enjoy while it lasts, because at our house it went pretty fast!

By the way, we made the whole pie (well, actually 2, but we doubled the recipe) and found that the brownie batter didn’t even fill up the pan, so we went back and made half the recipe again. The recipe below reflects the “one and a half” amounts we found we needed for our 9-inch pie crust.

P.S. This pie also tastes great with ice cream and/or whipped cream on top!

Brownie Pie (recipe adapted from Babble)

1 (9-inch) pie crust (or half of this recipe)

¾ cup flour

1½ sticks butter, or ¾ cup melted

¾ cup cocoa powder

4-5 eggs

¾ cup white sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

1/3 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla


½ cups chopped pecans, toasted

⅓ cup chocolate chips (we used minis)

jar of caramel sauce, warmed

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roast chopped pecans in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, or until fragrant.
  2. Combine sugars and melted butter and whisk until mixed well. Add eggs one at a time until well incorporated. Whisk in cocoa powder, then flour, salt, and vanilla.
  3. Prepare pie crust in pan, then pour brownie batter into crust. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. The pie is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. As soon as the pie comes out of the oven, top with chocolate chips and pecans. Warm caramel in microwave before drizzling on top of pie.

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