05 January 2010

Toffee Pecan Brownies


























You are going to like this recipe!

A moist chocolate brownie, with a fudgey caramel layer, studded with pecans and topped with gooey toffee sauce. Need I say more?

I got this recipe from a nifty little book called 101 Chocolate Treats. A tiny, wee book from those lovely people at the Good Food Magazine. I have added cup measures for ease of use.






















Toffee Pecan Brownies

100g/4oz dark chocolate, chopped
175g/6oz butter, diced
250g bag creamy toffees
5 tbsp double cream
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
350g/12oz/2 cups caster sugar
200g/7oz/2 cups & 2 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g/4oz pecan nuts, roughly chopped


Preheat oven to 180c/gas 4/fan oven 160c.

Line a brownie pan with greaseproof paper (I use my round cake tin inserts, they fit when pushed into the corners).

Melt the chocolate with the butter.

Melt the toffees with the cream.

Lightly beat the eggs with the vanilla, stir into the melted chocolate with the sugar. Sieve in the flour and the baking powder, mixing lightly. Stir in the pecans.

Pour half the mixture into the brownie pan and drizzle over ¾ of the toffee sauce. Spread over the rest of the brownie mixture.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until firm to the touch. Leave to cool.

Reheat the remaining sauce and spread over the brownie cake before cutting into squares.

Makes 16 squares

(the original recipe included extra chocolate to drizzle over the brownies at the end, but I think this is overkill quite frankly. The toffee sauce is utterly divine on it's own. I will be using it again for other bakes.)

33 comments:

  1. oh this looks so indulgent and delicious - it is high on my to do list (except it needs to wait til I can justify the calories) - are you baking with baby or is this from pre-baby days?

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  2. Hi Johanna, This is from a few days before baby and the week before that. I have made it twice now, it is so good. I did pack it off to my work one week and Graham's the next. We only had a square each. It has been requested again since. I am planning on making brownies tomorrow, but just plan chocolate as I don't have the toffees or pecans and the snow is deep outside. I will be staying in all cosy with baby :)

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  3. In the first picture that toffee sauce on the slightly uneven surface of the brownie looks like a smooth glistening wave! This is certainly the type of wave I'd like to dive into :)

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  4. Oh you would Sarah, it is lush! My mum nearly burnt her finger waiting to lick some of the leftovers from the pan.

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  5. Some things are worth burnt fingers! These look absolutely divine.

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  6. They are Sylvie, they definitely are!

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  7. I was about to fuss at you for baking while you must be exhausted with baby. But then I read your comment. So, I'm just going to thank you for posting something so wonderful!!! Brownies and toffee my two favorite things.

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  8. They look fab! I have that book too, must have a flick through today :)

    Katie xox

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  9. divine indeed. The BBC Good Food books are ace - I have '101 Make Ahead recipes' and you've reminded me to dig it out again!
    Hope you are all cosy indoors with Cooper. N x

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  10. Caramel and chocolate these are like a Caramilk Bar...a whole pan of Caramilk.....sigh.

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  11. I madede Chocolate Caramel Brownies yesteday - great minds...hope all is going well with Cooper

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  12. These look like heaven in one bite!! I've recently discovered my ultimate love for pecans!! I have to try these, Yum!

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  13. You had to post this when we've all just started our diets, didn't you?

    I will be strong, I will be strong......

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  14. Oooh ooh my first response on seeing the picture alone was mmm ooh mm must make now! Will be getting some more pecans and trying these very soon, can't imagine anything more heavenly to eat!

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  15. Yum! I have studied the recipe in my copy of this book and have always wanted to try it but never seem to have a good enough excuse for all those calories ... maybe I should just take the hit on the hips cause your photo's have me licking the screen!

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  16. Hi Pam, I did mean to make brownies today, but haven't got around to it yet. In-laws are arriving tonight, so I did make soup.

    It's a super little book Katie, there are a few other dishes I am keen to try.

    That's what I thought when I saw the photo in the recipe book Rachel :)

    Hi Nic, yes all cozied up. Graham is changing Cooper's nappy as we speak!

    Hi Val, caramilk bar, mmmmm, that does sound good!

    I look forward to seeing your recipe too Beth :)

    Hi Taste My Plate, peacns go so well in a brownie, just perfect :)

    He He, Death to diets Lynn :)

    I just know you will enjoy it Anne and get brownie points for making it, har har!

    Go on Chele, give in to temptation, you know you want to!

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  17. Congratulations on the birth of your son - he's adorable. You are wonderwoman baking and a new baby! These look delicious - I MUST try these. LOVE your blog! Lucie X

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  18. nope, you don't have to twist my arm to convince me that i'd love these. toffee rules, and the gooey decadence of these brownies can't be denied!

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  19. Thanks Lucie :)

    This toffee definitely rules Grace. ps thanks for the waffle tips :)

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  20. I liked it before I even read the recipe. The photo did me in.
    Gooey, crunchy on the outside and is anything in the world better than toffee?
    You should NOT be tempting me!

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  21. Oh my goodness, I was going to say how fab these brownies look but there is a baby pic on your blog!

    Congratulations!

    Cooper is adorable, he'll be very handsome when he grows up I'm sure, and having New Year's Eve as your birthday will ensure a lifetime of fabulous parties! Congratuations and lots of love to you all!

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  22. It was the toffee that got me too Barbara :)

    Hi Alex, we are going to stick with that story as he gets older too. Do you think it will work?

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  23. Oh, my, this is definitely the most decadent thing I've seen so far this year! (Okay, it's only January 8, but I know it will keep the top spot for some time) ;)

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  24. Those are some intense looking brownies. I'm with the ordinary vegetarian who suggested diving in...

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  25. this toffee topping remind me my summer holidays in UK !! thanks
    Cheers from Snowy Paris

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  26. Hi Ricki, I am sure it will be surpassed soon, that is the great thing about food blogs, the goodies just keep on coming. I am glad you liked it :)

    They are great TB :)

    Hi Pierre, it is a perfect time to dream of summer holidays, as long as you don't look out of the window!

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  27. I have this book but must have missed this recipe! These Toffee Pecan Brownies look absolutely divine.

    Maria
    x

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  28. Hi Jacqueline, I've tried this recipe and my husband LOVE it... do you mind if I copy paste the recipe onto my blog and your link as well. Thanks.

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  29. Hi Mummy Nana, I am so glad you tried them and loved them so much. I am happy for you to blog the recipe with a link :)

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  30. I'm pretty positive I gained 5 lbs just looking at this and I'm ok with that :-)

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