My Favorite Thanksgiving Dish (& Xmas Too!) from Kristal Serna, Fine Artist

My Favorite Thanksgiving Dish (& Xmas Too!)

While I love Mama Stamberg's Cranberry relish, brownie pecan pie is actually my favorite Thanksgiving dish (and Christmas too!). And I've gotta have it with vanilla ice cream! Get the recipe for yourself below or on Food Network's website where I originally found it.

Jeff Mauro's Brownie Pecan Pie



1 refrigerated pie dough crust (or make your own)

Brownie Filling:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (113g)
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped (57g)
1 cup granulated sugar (200g)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (90g)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (170g)

Pecan Topping:

1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar (52g)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (43g)
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. For the crust: Slowly and gently unroll the pie crust. Place the crust in an ungreased 9-inch pie plate, pressing it against the sides and bottom. Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.

3. For the brownie filling: In a medium saucepan over low heat, add the butter and unsweetened chocolate and cook, stirring, until completely melted. (Don't add the chocolate chips yet.)

4. Pour the chocolate mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the granulated sugar and whisk until combined.

5. Add the flour, vanilla, salt and eggs and mix to combine. Stir in the chocolate chips.

6. Spread the filling in the bottom of the pie crust. Bake until the top is firm and the crust is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes.

7. For the pecan topping: While the pie is baking, mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a small bowl until blended; set aside.

8. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add the pecans and toast, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to low.

9. Stir in the corn syrup, vanilla, remaining 1 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoons water and the brown sugar mixture. Cook, stirring, until the butter is melted and mixture has become a thick syrup, 5 to 8 minutes.

10. Top the pie with the pecan topping, add a scoop of ice cream, and enjoy!

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