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Black Bottom Pecan Praline Bars

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Black Bottom Pecan Praline Bars

We had way too many commitments this past weekend.  Which always means lots of cooking and lots of transporting.  I wanted simple, easy and stuff that I could do in advance.  

I was doing my early morning blog reading, when I was inspired (yet again) from Patricia's post on these lovely bars.  I instantly made a batch before the kids woke up.  The praline mixture was the perfect balance of very, very sweet with salty.  I "accidentally" licked the spatula after I laid the praline mixture over the brownie base.  Oops!  It was a tiny morsel of perfection.  

Another plus to these perfect bars; no mixer required. Happiness all the way around!

Black bottom pecan praline bars
adapted from here
yield 16 pieces

brownie layer
2 oz. (56g)  unsweetened chocolate (I use valhrona)
4 Tbls. (56g) unsalted butter
1/2 cup + 1 Tbls. (112g) caster sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cold large egg
1/4 cup (35g) all purpose flour

praline layer:
1/4 cup (35g) all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
4 Tbls. (56g) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup + 2 Tbls. (70g) packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg yolk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cups (140g) pecans, coarsely chopped

• preheat oven to 350* butter an 8" square pan and line the bottom with parchment, leaving an overhang.  butter the parchment.
for the brownie layer:
• place the chocolate and the butter in a medium heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. stir frequently until smooth and the butter has melted.
• remove the bowl from the heat.  stir in the sugar, vanilla, + salt with a spatula.
• add the egg. stir in the flour and beat it until the batter is smooth, glossy, and beginning to come away from the sides of the bowl.
• spread the brownie batter in a thin layer in the bottom of the prepared pan.
for the praline layer:
• mix the flour and baking soda together, set aside
• combine the melted butter, sugar, and slat in a medium bowl. stir in the egg yolk and vanilla, then the flour mixture and finally the nuts.
• drop spoonfuls all over the top of the brownie batter ( the praline mixture will spread).
• bake until the edges and top are well browned and cracked, 20-25 minutes.
• let cool completely in pan on a rack.
• lift the ends of the parchment and transfer to a cutting board.  cut with a warm knife.

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Blogger Shaheen said...

Oh my goodness, I can just imagine these sticking lovingly to my teeth. Yum.

September 3, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger fimere said...

très gourmand et délicieux
bonne soirée

September 3, 2010 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Caroline B. said...

Elles sont alléchantes ces barres. Miam! bye Tomates cerises et Basilic

September 3, 2010 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce said...

Literally sound like the most perfect pieces of heaven! Pecans, praline and gorgeous dark chocolate.... stunning!

September 3, 2010 at 4:25 PM  
Anonymous marla {family fresh cooking} said...

No mixer & sweet/salty. These sound like the perfect treat. It's no wonder you licked the spatula!

September 3, 2010 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Angie's Recipes said...

Imagine biting into one of these moist, dense, rich, chocolate treat....isn't it just heavenly?!

I wish you a wonderful weekend!

September 3, 2010 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Brownieville Girl said...

They sound perfect - I love a bit of early morning baking.

September 4, 2010 at 3:20 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Girl, you make being low-carb VERY difficult! I may have to make these, ostensibly for other people, while sneaking a little taste for myself!

September 4, 2010 at 4:33 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Yummy! These bars are son pretty and probably so tasty!

September 4, 2010 at 4:34 AM  
Blogger Jeannie said...

These looks good! So sinful!

September 4, 2010 at 5:58 AM  
Blogger Jeannie said...

I am so drooling over the praline bars, so scrumptious!

September 5, 2010 at 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Lisa! said...

I am so making these... i even have all the ingredients!

September 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

whoa, those look really amazing

September 7, 2010 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Eliana said...

Hmmm - I wish I could eat a few of these squares right off the screen right now.

September 8, 2010 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Patricia Scarpin said...

Hey, beautiful! Aren't these bars addictive? And with Varlhona! Oh, my... ;)

September 9, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

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