Caramel Chocolate Brownies

Recipe By: Calphalon Team  -  Originally Published: 10/21/2011

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Who doesn't love chocolate?  And the closer we are to a pure chocolate (from roasted cacao beans), the more pleasing, satisfying and even healthy our experience can be.  Here, we begin with unsweetened and bittersweet chocolate.  We add just enough sweetness and texture for a gastronomic indulgence to lift the spirits.  And you'll be the hero when you serve these luscious brownies.

  • Servings: Yield 12 - 16
  • Prep Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: More than 60 Minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Course: Dessert

Ingredients

3/4 c. caramel ice cream sauce

1 c. plus 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, divided

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped

12 Tbsp. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter

1 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar, packed

3 large eggs

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. toasted pecans, coarsely chopped

2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

2 Tbsp. heavy cream

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.  Butter a 9x13-in. brownie pan.

Combine the caramel sauce and the 3 Tbsp. of flour in a small bowl and set aside.

In a medium sauce pan, melt together the unsweetened chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring continuously.  Remove from the heat and cool slightly.  Add the sugars and mix to incorporate.  Whisk in the eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.  Add the remaining 1 c. flour and salt and mix well. 

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread into an even layer.  Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and pour the caramel mixture over the partially baked brownie layer.  Return the pan to the oven for 5 minutes only, taking care not to overbake. 

Remove the pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle the toasted pecans over the caramel layer.  Transfer the brownies to a wire rack and cool.

In a small microwavable bowl, combine the bittersweet chocolate and heavy cream, and microwave on high 35 - 40 seconds.  Stir the mixture until it is smooth. 

Transfer the chocolate mixture to a pastry bag or squeeze bottle and drizzle it over the top of the brownies. Slice the brownies and serve.

Makes 12 brownies, approx. 3-in. square, or 16 brownies, approx. 2x3-in.

Recipe was created especially for a Kitchen Essentials from Calphalon 9x13-in. Brownie Pan.