Caramel-Pecan Chocolate Dessert
Chocolate chips in the batter and a nutty caramel topping turn basic brownies into a dazzling dessert.
- 1 package (1 lb 3.8 oz) fudge brownie mix
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup whipping (heavy) cream
- 20 caramels (from 14-oz bag), unwrapped
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup broken pecans
- 3/4 cup whipping (heavy) cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 Serving Calories 600 (Calories from Fat 340); Total Fat 38g (Saturated Fat 14g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 110mg; Sodium 85mg; Total Carbohydrate 57g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 41g); Protein 7g
% Daily Value: Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 10%; Iron 10%;
Exchanges: 2 Starch, 2 Other Carbohydrate, 7 Fat
Carbohydrate Choice: 4
- Heat oven to 350°F (if using dark or nonstick pan, heat oven to 325°). Grease bottom and side of 10-inch springform pan with shortening. In medium bowl, stir brownie mix, water, oil and 2 eggs until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread in pan.
- Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until puffed in center and toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat 1/2 cup whipping cream and the caramels over medium heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted. Stir small amount of the hot mixture into beaten egg, then stir egg back into mixture in saucepan. Cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in pecans. Spread over brownie. Refrigerate uncovered at least 3 hours until chilled.
- Run metal spatula around side of pan to loosen dessert; remove side of pan. Transfer dessert on pan base to serving plate. In chilled small bowl, beat 3/4 cup whipping cream and the powdered sugar with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon whipped cream in 12 dollops around edge of dessert. Cut into wedges to serve. Store covered in refrigerator.
- Success: Mark the top of the dessert with a knife before adding the whipped cream garnish. That way, you’ll know the whipped cream will be centered on each serving.
- Time-Saver: Whipped cream from a spray can works great for this recipe--and saves the time of whipping the cream.
- Do-Ahead: Make the dessert up to 24 hours ahead and refrigerate. Up to 2 hours before serving, beat the cream with the powdered sugar as directed.