Well, hello there. How you doin’?
You skipped your pilates class for the third week in a row the other night because something more important came up? You went to a hockey game and sat in the front row and drank overpriced beer and ate salty popcorn and hot dogs and cheered your little heart out instead? Me too!
You haven’t gone for a run in over a week, cause you’re too lazy to get off your butt, strap on your sneaks, and hit the pavement? Oh my goodness, I know that feeling!
You have a to-do list a mile long, but you continue to ignore it, and it continues to grow and grow and grow, and you have no idea how you’ll ever possibly accomplish everything? Ditto!
And you also made these decadent brownies and proceeded to eat almost an entire row of the pan while taking photographs of them? No way! But please tell me that you had the decency to go to a hot yoga class last night, to rid your body of all of those toxins, like I did?
Ok, phew. We’re on the same page then.
Do you ever have one of those weeks? Where your best intentions are set aside when fun opportunities come up, and you grab hold of them and take a leap and just enjoy? It’s been one of those weeks for me. But instead of beating myself up for not exercising enough, or not getting enough sleep, or not doing all of the things on my to-do list, I’m just enjoying. You only have one life peeps, enjoy it. Live in the moment when possible. It’s kinda liberating.
Friends, I wish you all had one of these brownies in front of you at this very moment. I really do. Cause if we lived in a world where illness, poverty, war, unhappiness, or even a crap-town day could be cured by brownies…we’d have it made in the shade. These brownies have a fudgy, rich base, and a sweet, gooey, crunchy top. Oh, and don’t forget about the bourbon. I’m rather certain that the bourbon gives these brownies special powers. And if you’re like me, and don’t have a bottle of bourbon lying around, go out and buy one. Yes, you only need two tablespoons for this recipe, but hey, then you have a bottle of bourbon to drink! Heck yes. Stick with me and that bottle of bourbon will come in handy. I promise you. Deal?
Bourbon Pecan Pie Brownies (from the Edmonton Journal, Oct. 12,2011)
For the brownie layer:
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/4 cup sugar
A pinch of salt
1/2 cup flour
Preheat your oven to 325°F. Whisk the eggs and vanilla together in a small bowl and set aside. In a double boiler set over boiling water, combine the butter, cocoa, sugar, and salt. Allow the butter to melt and mix everything together until smooth. Remove from the heat and whisk in the egg/vanilla mixture. Add the flour and stir until well blended. Pour into a greased 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Bake for about 25 minutes (until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean). Allow to cool.
For the pecan pie layer:
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 TBSP. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 TBSP. bourbon
2 cups chopped pecans
Using an electric mixer, beat together the corn syrup and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon, and beat well. Add the butter and bourbon and beat again until well-mixed. Stir in the pecans and pour the mixture over top of the brownie layer. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the centre of the pecan pie layer has set (mine took about 45 minutes). Allow to cool completely, then refrigerate for at least a couple of hours before serving. Chow. down. Preferably in the company of others. I cannot be held responsible for what might happen if you are left alone with this entire pan of brownies. Consider yourself warned.