Pecan Bourbon Brownies with Maple Glaze //

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You always know when you find the one. Your heart skips a beat. You think about them all the time. They’re just the most delicious thing you’ve ever baked… wait, what? I’m talking about brownies, I don’t know what you guys are thinking of.

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It took me a while to find that one perfect brownie recipe. I tried several. It was a real Goldilocks situation. Too sticky. Too solid. Never the ‘just right’ I was searching for. Until this one. It’s perfect. Moist, chewy, super chocolatey…. delicious! They always make an amazing base for an experimental brownie, which is just what I’ve done here with these pecan bourbon brownies with a maple syrup glaze.

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Ingredients:

300g good quality dark chocolate, broken roughly into pieces

100g unsalted butter

half a tsp of salt

3 eggs

50g dark brown sugar

150g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

100g plain flour

60ml bourbon, Jack Daniels or similar

100g pecans, roughly chopped

Method:

. Pre-heat oven to 180c. Grease a square tin, approx 20cm wide, and line with baking paper.

. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of gently boiling water, until it all melts together. When melted, remove from heat and leave to cool slightly.

. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, sugar and vanilla until fairly fluffy and light. Slowly add the cooled chocolate/butter mixture, mixing through so all incorporated. Then slowly add the flour and salt, and mix through.

. It’s up to you how you disperse your nuts – you could crush them all and mix them into the mixture, or do what I did, and mix half of them into the mix and sprinkle half on top! You could do this with any type of nut if pecans aren’t your thing!

. Pour mix into prepared tin, and bake for approx 30 minutes (again, the length of cooking is up to you, depending on how you like your brownies. I take them out when a skewer comes out with some mix on, but it’s not too wet)

. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack, and then make your glaze. Heat 100ml maple syrup with 50ml water, stir until combined. Poke small holes in the top of your brownies (I used my skewer) and pour all over, whilst brownie is still warm. Leave to cool.

. Slice into either 9 generous brownies, or 16 bitesize babies.

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