Thursday, October 30, 2014

Skillet Brownie Pie ~ Treat! No Trick.

Need a quick and easy treat? This one comes together fast!

This is my favorite brownie recipe.  I decided to make it in a skillet to take to a friend's home recently so it could be cut into wedges and served with raspberries and vanilla ice cream.  This time, I decided to add some caramel bits to the batter. Sound good?

Right after baking, the brownies are very moist and the caramel bits were melted and soft.  

After a night in the refrigerator, these babies can be cut neatly and served like a candy bar.  They will last for several days refrigerated if you don't eat them before that.  

In the darker months, we like to place up-lights under several trees in our yard to make the night not feel so gloomy, but last night, I noticed this one looked just a little spooky.  Just don't walk to never know. 

I also made some Witch Fingers for my grandsons who were here for dinner last night.  You can find lots of recipes online such as this one

Happy Halloween, everyone and Hello November! 

Skillet Brownie Pie

Adapted from Bakers

6 oz bittersweet baking chocolate (I like Ghiradelli baking bars)
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups toasted chopped pecans (optional) Reserve some whole, untoasted pecans for decoration.
1 cup caramel bits (the small round ones)

Heat oven to 340 F.
Prepare a 9-10 inch oven proof skillet, preferably cast iron, by lining it with parchment paper. 

Place pecans on a baking sheet and toast them in the preheated oven for about 7-8 minutes.  Cool slightly and chop coarsely.

In a large, heat proof bowl (big enough to fit sugar and flour too) microwave all chocolate and butter on high for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring halfway through. Keep stirring until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. You can also use a double boiler to melt the chocolate, if necessary.

Stir sugar into chocolate mixture until blended. Mix in eggs and vanilla in same bowl.  Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in nuts and caramel bits, if using.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until set. DO NO OVERBAKE. Brownie will continue to bake in hot cast iron for a few minutes.  

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in pan. Cut into wedges and serve with raspberries and ice cream, if desired. 

You may wrap the rest of the brownie pie in cellophane wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate.


Rosa V. said...

Hello Susan what a lovely an easy treat to make and I love pecans and brownies too once in awhile but it still looks delicious and I bet all of your grandchildren are going to love them๐Ÿ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป

La Table De Nana said...

I Pinned the skillet:)
I have been pinning skillet cookies etc..Now I have yours..

SPOOOKY tree! But I love it!

And those fingers!They look like mine..but mine are not green:)
I bet the boys loved them Nana2.
Keeping the round caramel bits in my head..:)

Gloria Baker said...

Look delicious!! Love it!
Happy halloween dear Susan!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I don't care what or how much I may have just had to eat, every time I open one of your posts I am starved again! LOL Those brownies look wonderful!!
Enjoy your weekend.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you, Rosa. You are so kind.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you, M. They are so easy and delicious. My fingers too :).

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you, Gloria! That means a lot coming from the queen of desserts :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you, Glenda ;). They are so good.

Angie's Recipes said...

wow..look at the moist, almost fudgy texture!! Your skillet brownie looks heavenly, Susan. Love those spooky green witch fingers too.
Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Lynn said...

I have a strong cup of coffee Susan... Just need a brownie! Happy Halloween-have fun:@)

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Love, love, love the idea of using a skillet for the brownies. Very clever. I doubt they would last long in my 'frig :) Happy Halloween Susan.

Barbara said...

I've made that brownie in a pan....posted it on my side blog and got tons of hits. It's a popular dessert cause there's no mess and it's so easy to make. Great for families, Love that you stuck some pecans in yours.
What adorable (and spooky) fingers. Totally gross...perfect for the kids.
Happy Halloween, Susan!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you, Angie :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That would be a great combo. Thanks, Lynn!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you, Sam! They didn't last long here either :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thanks so much, Barbara. It's the old 'great minds think alike' I guess ;-)

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

I love brownies in the pan, less cleaning up, fudgier, everything is better :D
Delicious dessert, I need to try it!

Choc Chip Uru

Vicki Bensinger said...

I've never made brownies in a skillet before, how fun. These do look fudgey. Do you think I could use my LeCruset Dutch oven? It's the only cast iron I own and its enameled. Otherwise I'd have to use my All-Clad. I can't wait to try these.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

So true - Thank you, CCU :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'm sure a Dutch oven would work but it would make it more difficult to cut and remove the wedges for serving since they are deeper. If your All-Clad is about 9-10 inches then that would probably work best - as long as you know it can go in the oven safely. Hope that helps!

chow and chatter said...

must do witches fingers for my two next year this cake looks amazing hope your halloween was wonderful

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Susan, Oh how I love cooking in a cast iron skillet, never thought about baking anything in it though, your brownies look delicious and the little witch fingers look spooky!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I love brownies with pecans and now you've added caramel chips…totally irresistible.

Daniela Grimburg said...

Using a skillet for Brownies? What a great idea!
The brownies with caramel are delightful and your spooky tree looks really a bit scary.
Happy Halloween, Susan!

Julie said...

I've never done the brownie in the cast iron skillet. Need to give it a try, that's one pan I don't use often enough. Love the witches fingers. HA! Bet the kids enjoyed them. Happy belated Halloween.

Chiara said...

I love brownies next time I'll try your recipe Susan, it's a great idea using a skillet ! Have a good weekend, a warm hug

Cathy said...

Oh my goodness, that brownie pie looks good. If that was in my fridge there is no way I could leave it alone. I would have it for breakfast. The witchy fingers are as cute as can be.

Katerina said...

Lovely brownie pie Susan and looks so easy and quick too! The fingers are scary lol!

Joanne said...

This looks so fudgy and delicious! Chocolate heaven.

Tricia Buice said...

Oh my gosh I love those witches fingers! How cute :) That photo of the scary tree is great - really good creepiness. And - of course the brownies have my name all over them! With ice cream - yes please, just slightly warm - that would be lovely.

kitchen flavours said...

Your brownies looks so moist and delicious! Eating it with ice cream sounds so good!
scary looking witch fingers! haha!
Hope you had a good Halloween!

Big Dude said...

The brownies look sinfully good, nice at moist the way I like them.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The witches fingers looked so real, Susan! The brownie in a skillet is a wonderful idea. It looks very moist and chewy--the best!