Monday, September 19, 2011

Secret Recipe Club - Mississippi Mud Brownies

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*Note* - Recipe Sharing Monday will be held tomorrow
 
 

It is time for my favorite foodie event, the Secret Recipe Club!

The idea of it is you are assigned a fellow food blogger each month, it is kept a secret of course, and you go to their food blog and pick a recipe (or more) to make. On the assigned date, everyone posts their creations and you go and visit and see all the goodies that were made. Sort of like a secret Santa, right?

My host who is organizing my group is Tina from Moms Crazy Cooking. Thank you Tina for hosting!


I came across this recipe while browsing my assigned blogger, Melanie at Fabulously Fun Food. This was a new blog to me so I had a fun time browsing through all of her archives for the perfect recipe to try. I had a few recipes in mind, like the Smothered Enchiladas or the Golden Macaroni and Cheese. When I saw the post for Mississippi Mud Cake I knew I'd found the one. It did not disappoint at all. It is super rich, gooey, sweet, chewy and delicious. After making these I have to say I think they are more brownies than cake, as they are very dense and rich. My little change was to rename them brownies instead of cake. :)

One thing I really appreciated about Fabulously Fun Food is that Melanie openly shares her experiences with good and bad recipes. At the same time, she isn't mean about it. Constructive criticism on how to improve the recipe is a great attribute. I have seem my fair share of food blogs that are outright mean and rude when a recipe doesn't turn out how they'd like. Often times, it isn't even the recipe at fault, it is all of the 'alterations' or mistakes the cook made. That is one of my pet peeves. I don't like it when bloggers are mean to each other. Can't we all get along? *wink*


Ahhmazing. Ready for the recipe?

As I tend to do with my Secret Recipe Club assignments, I went a little overboard with the amount of pictures. I don't think you will mind, though.



Notes:
  • I halved this recipe and baked it in an 8" x 8" glass baking dish that was liberally sprayed with baking spray (The kind with flour in the spray). Alternatively you can butter the dish and dust with cocoa powder. 
  • The original recipe called for homemade chocolate frosting but I substituted premade frosting, which I don't mind at all. If you are anti-prepared frosting, feel free to make yours from scratch. The frosting recipe can be found here.
  • Originally the pecans are added to the cake batter, but I preferred to have them on top. Do whichever you prefer. They can be omitted if you have nut allergies in your family or if you just aren't a fan of nuts in baked goods. They do add a great flavor and crunch so I recommend adding them.

Mississippi Mud Brownies
Makes one 15" x 10" cake

1 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
1 (10.5-ounce) bag miniature marshmallows
1 can prepared chocolate frosting (I used a milk chocolate frosting)

1. Whisk together melted butter and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in flour. Pour batter into a greased and floured 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan.

2. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; top warm cake evenly with marshmallows. Return to oven, and bake 5 minutes. (If you use a different size pan you will have to adjust cooking time. Just keep an eye on it and keep checking for doneness).

3. Remove cake from oven and cool completely. You can transfer the cake to thefridge once the pan is cooled enough. (Don't put a hot pan in a cold fridge).

4. When ready to serve, microwave the chocolate frosting for 30 seconds and stir. Spread the frosting over the cake, then garnish with chopped pecans.  Using a sharp knife that has been sprayed lightly with Pam, cut into squares.

Source: Slightly adapted from Fabulously Fun Food and The All New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook

50 comments:

  1. Hey girl, that looks delish! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Ali, these brownies are to-die-for! Great choice for this months SRC!

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  3. These look amazing. Love the chocolate in the first picture!!!

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  4. I'm glad you went overboard with the pictures! They look fantastic!

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  5. This looks amazing! You can't really go wrong when there's chocolate and marshmallows involved!

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  6. Beautiful pictures!! I'm craving brownies now and it's only 7:30 AM!

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  7. Oh my Ali, these look sooo good!!! Great choice of recipe and beautiful pictures, too!

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  8. I love the gooey filling in these bars. What a great treat! The more photos, the more I want to make these!!!

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  9. Your pictures are drool-worthy! Thank you for being so kind. It's also nice to know that someone else prefers the nuts on top instead of inside the brownies! I like the idea of adding the pecans on to the very top instead of under the marshmallow layer. I'll do that the next time I make these!

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  10. YUM! All of those chocolate close ups have me craving one of those delicious bars.. Great SRC post!

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  11. Oh, man! Those look amazing! They would be good for breakfast... um, right? LOL!

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  12. Stopping by from group B. So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Great Post! These brownies look delish!

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to drop by my blog and check out my SRC recipe this month: Avocado Omelet

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  13. That looks so good! I can't wait to try these. Pinned.

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  14. Oh no.... these sounds way too yummy! Love all your photos. I'm joining the SRC for the first time today - hope you'll stop by for a visit.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  15. Oh, these look divine!! Love the marshmallows, too! Great SRC post!

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  16. I'm not usually a Mississippi Mud fan (crazy, I know) but your pictures make me want to dive into my computer!

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  17. WONDERFUL PICTURES!!! So wooey and gooey...makes me want to reach into the screen and grab one! Great SCR post!

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  18. Oh my god that looks so gooey and delicious! Happy SRC reveal day, check out my post at http://savourthesensesblog.com/plum-crunch-my-src-post/ =)

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  19. This looks like a great recipe. It is fun cooking with you in the SRC. Hope you are having a great day and thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

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  20. I love all the pictures ... they are making me drool!

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  21. Looks amazing. For some reason, putting the name "Mississippi" in a recipe title just evokes richness in flavours.

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  22. OH WOW!!! Those look insane. How do you make chocolate better?? Slather it with melted marshmallow and nuts. YUM!!

    Just doing a little Secret Recipe Club surfing. So glad it brought me to your great little piece of cyber space!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  23. Oh my heck! They look absolutely wonderful! Great pick!!!

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  24. Yeeeum! Love this recipe - chocolate and marshmallows, um yes. Please.
    Jo-Anna

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  25. Yep, totally gonna be makin' these sooner then later! PINNED it already.

    Thanks for being in my Group for the SRC, if you have't already take a look at my PW Chicken Pot Pie. http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/09/pioneer-womans-chicken-pot-pie-secret.html

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  26. Your picture had me drooling! These look awesome!

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  27. Those brownies look sinfully delicious, I want to lick the pictures!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC recipe this month: Welsh Cakes.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  28. Oh, these are the most decadent brownies ever!!! YUMMY!

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  29. Wow! The linky closed less than 12 hours after it opened! Sorry to have missed it as I had something to share!

    Have a great week.

    NCSue
    http://acts17verse28.blogspot.com/
    ncsue0514 at msn dot com

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  30. These look wonderful. full of all the good things andi

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  31. those have to be the most decadent brownies I've seen in quite awhile! yum!

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  32. It looks mouth watering with the frosty layers! Good idea to keep the nuts on top.Sometimes it makes it harder to cut a cake if they are scattered in.

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  33. That looks delicious. Mud Pie is something I love eating.

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  34. Looks fantastic! So decadent!

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  35. Whoa that picture definitely caught my attention! Such a beauty.... love your up-close shots! You have me drooling :)

    Nice being in SRC with you... check out my post if you like :)

    http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com/2011/09/septembers-secret-recipe-club-reveal.html

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  36. Chocolate! Those looks absolutely mouth watering and delish. Your photography is beautiful and I love the up close and personal relationship I get with that brownie. I'm definitely making.
    So glad we are in SRC together! :)

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  37. This looks amazing! All creamy and gooey and nutty goodness. YUM.

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  38. These look addictive! Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my post from group C - http://su.pr/2rtACr

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  39. YUM!!! This sounds so amazing...I actually think my mom used to make a brownie very similar to this. IT was my favorite!

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