Friday, October 3, 2008

Caramel- Pecan Brownies

Abandon your diet, and get out the milk.

Just when you think you've tried them all... that you can't possibly find a brownie more decadent than the Cappuccino Brownies, more creamy than the Mascarpone Brownies, or more all-around-fantastic than the Oreo Chunk Brownies... one comes along that produces more drool than you ever thought you could possibly render in a given day: Caramel Pecan Brownies.

This recipe from the latest Fine Cooking magazine, produces a fudgy, fudgy, FUDGY brownie with pecans strewn throughout and a caramel layer on top.

I chose to make my own caramel, as the recipe indicates, but you could certainly use the store-bought stuff if you preferred. Not being a really experienced caramel-maker, I was concerned that my caramel wasn't cooked enough. It was the right color, but it was extremely runny... almost more like a sauce than the gooey stuff that you get in the jar. I poured the whole liquidy mess onto my baked brownies anyways, placed it into the refrigerator and crossed my fingers. Not to worry. It set up nicely, and much of it sunk into the brownies too- making them super moist. A thin layer of caramel was left on top, set just enough to add the garnishes.

I loved how the caramel slightly dribbled off of the sides after cutting them into slices. I placed each brownie on a little piece of parchment paper for easy serving. My guests simply picked up the brownie with the parchment underneath and were able to eat it as a hand-held dessert without getting messy.

For me, caramel + pecans is equivalent to peanut butter + jelly. They just sort of go together in a big way. This brownie is rich and delicious- a definite keeper. But be sure to have plenty of milk around (you'll thank me later). And you can go back to dieting after you plow through a few of these.

This recipe can be found HERE.

61 comments:

Clumbsy Cookie said...

How can these not be great?

Maria said...

OMG this is torture to one that is trying to lose weight!!! This is sinful but in a good way.

Maria
x

Barbara Bakes said...

These look sinful!

Happy cook said...

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhh I can just eat the caramel like that, ofcourse would be pure pleasure to eat this brownie too.
I have never ever seen such a tempting brownie.
Why coudn't ther was some invention which one could just grab the brownie from your computer to my hand. :-)

Indigo said...

Oh my days I've just got the strongest craving for these known to man. I love the way the caramel drips down the sides - wowww...

Lisa said...

Delicious!

Parker said...

You never cease to amaze me with your decadent desserts. I absolutely love caramel, nice job.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Complete and utter decadence! You're killing me with these! Your photos are great!

Ivy said...

OMG, this looks perfect. I can imagine caramel and pecans as I put some on my Apple Vanilla cake the other day and it was really good. It's so easy to make your own caramel.

HoneyB said...

This looks totally awesome. I can't wait to see your muffin!

Ashley said...

I've actually been working on something similar. I think making my own caramel might make it infinitely better. Thanks!

Bunny said...

Oh my gosh I could dive into that and be very very happy! Great pic!!!

Lori said...

I want chocolate!! These look so amazing.

Emily said...

All I can say is wow! I plan on making these this weekend! We need a good Sunday afternoon nash! Yum-E!

alexandra's kitchen said...

RECIPEGIRL! this is just over-the-top ridiculousness. and goodness. it is the end of bathing suit season afterall ... Beautiful pictures. these really look amazing.

Alexa said...

Lori, this looks amazing! If you are going to have dessert, you might as well have it all and this brownie has it all.

Deborah said...

Ok, these have me drooling!

Patricia Scarpin said...

If this is not decadent, sinful and irresistible, I don't know what is.

lisa said...

These look amazing! I'm a sucker for caramel and pecans.

jillian said...

These look so good! I dont really like browning but I do like caramel and fudge!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Those brownies look awesome! I love the way the caramel is spilling over the edge in the photo.

Maria said...

Sinful and I don't care. They look too good to pass up!

Colleen said...

Wow, these look unbelieveable!

Leslie said...

Torture!!!! Those look EVIL!!

Gretchen Noelle said...

These look very dangerous! I bet they were delicious!!!

nicole said...

Holy Moly! That is super sinful. I am drooling right now. MMMMMMM!!

marleybear said...

Wow. I'll bet I can get the kids to do their chores without argument if they have these as an incentive!

noble pig said...

Gawd that looks terrific! That dripping caramel...yum.

Sandie said...

Hey! I saw these on FoodGawker. They looked so good they made me wish I could crawl through my monitor and take a bite!

Adam said...

Wow, I think those are on the other side of Heaven's Gate. Angels are singing :)

Thanks for the milk tip, and I love your analogy of pecans and caramel being like PB&J... I can so relate to that

Heather said...

ooooooooohhhhhhhh i loooooove caramel, and pecans, and chocolate! these sound amazing! and that caramel looks so gooey and irresistable!!!!

Tartelette said...

Outstanding!! Just throw caramel at me and I am a happy camper!

Prudy said...

Oh gorgeous! We're making a caramel topped brownie this week for Tuesdays with Dorie. Your pictures and styling are getting so so good...

Laurie said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, Lori. The Joust was intense, but I had fun.

Your pumpkin cornbread looks so yummy! I grew four pumpkins in my garden (compost volunteer plants) so I can't wait to try your pumpkin recipes.

That Girl said...

Making my own caramel scares the beejeebies out of me.

Rosie said...

Oh my goodness I'll abandon my diet any day for a slice of your brownie!! Just sheer tempting delight mmmmm

Rosie x

Girl Japan said...

Did you say Macapone Brownies? Goodness, This is SOOO tempting but after just blogging about "dieting" it is hard to resist not baking this recipe, but then again I can just have one... right? So far I have been good and stopping at one!

You are amazing and so are your recipes = )

Big Boys Oven said...

lovely, lovely, I like the way you caramelized the brownie, awesome delicious!

VeggieGirl said...

FOOD PORN ALERT!!! :0)

Daziano said...

I'm speechless! Luscious!!!

Katrina said...

Holy Cow! That looks so good. I keep thinking of trying a brownie recipe from an old roommate years ago that had caramel in the middle. I don't think it had nuts though and I think the nuts would add so much.
These look amazing. But wait, you said just when a brownie couldn't get any better. Check out my blog soon. I just made a killer chocolate mint brownie yesterday that I'm trying to get posted. ;) SO good.
I'm going to have to try your yummy looking one here!

Ginny said...

These are amazing! So delicious!!!

Simply...Gluten-free said...

What lovely photos. I am licking my screen right now!

Laura said...

Oh, my, my. I would think that caramel would be good on any brownie, but that brownie looks so rich and fudgy that it's got to be heaven.

kellypea said...

LOVE caramel and pecans. On brownies? Oh my. Seriously look delicious.

Kevin said...

Those look so good! Just look at the caramel dripping down the side.

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

I made these for our block party.....they are definately fudgey chewy gooey deliciousness........you need milk shooters to go along with them.

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Lori, the caramel pecan brownies look wonderful. I will have to add these recipes to my file. My family can't seem to get enough when it comes to brownies. Wonderful post.

anudivya said...

Gosh! That caramel dripping off the sides of the brownies... makes me wanna give up on my blog!

Jan said...

Oh, goodness me, that is definitely droolworthy!

Half Baked said...

OH.MY.GOD. those brownies look sinfully delicious!

Jenny said...

Perfect in every way! Enough said!

K and S said...

the photos are making me drool!!

Patsyk said...

I love a fudgey brownie... and just add caramel and you'll find me drooling! Yum!

Ashley said...

Oh, YUM!!

susan said...

those look sinfully good... me want some!!

The Inexperienced Foodie said...

oh my gosh chocolate nuts and caramel one of my favorite combos

eliza said...

so many brownies recipes and there'll be no end to it :)
this looks sinfully delicious!

Emiline said...

I LOVE the pics!

These look so rich and delicious. Maybe the best brownie in the world?

Peter M said...

I don't know how I'll eat a regular brownie after seeing these. ;(

LyB said...

Oh, my, gosh. I just made Dorie's Caramel-Peanut Topped Brownie cake and now I think I should try these brownies, just for comparison's sake. What do you think? ;)