Praline Brownies With Praline Frosting
By Paula Deen
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- Cook time: 10 minutes
- Servings: 10
- 8 (1 oz) squares unsweetened chocolate
- 2 sticks plus 1/3 cup butter
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup firmly packed, plus 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 large eggs
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 (8 oz) bars semisweet chocolate
- 3/4 cup divided heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Line a 13 by 9-inch baking pan with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In a small saucepan, combine the unsweetened chocolate and 2 sticks butter. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Let it cool for 15 minutes.
In a large bowl, beat the granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla and eggs at medium speed with a mixer until fluffy. Gradually beat in the flour. Add the chocolate mixture to the flour mixture, beating until combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake until the center is set, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 1 hour.
In a small saucepan, combine the semisweet chocolate and 1/4 cup cream. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Spread over the cooled brownies, cover and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 3 days.
Spread Praline Frosting over the chocolate mixture. Let stand until set. Cut into squares to serve.
In a medium saucepan, melt 1/3 cup butter, and then add 1 1/4 cup brown sugar and mix together. Slowly add in 1/2 cup cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the confectioners’ sugar, pecans and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens, 3 to 4 minutes. Spread immediately over chilled brownies.