With this recipe I was reminded of the importance of thoroughly reading a recipe and following directions.
Luckily my brownies still turned out delicious but I did berate myself a little bit for not paying attention to the directions.
For the first dessert post for Mardi Gras Month I went with a deliciously sweet recipe for New Orleans Praline Brownies from Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom. I love Julie's food blog. She is truly a mom who does it all -- she is a professor, mom to a large family, a cookbook author and more. Many thanks to Julie for the recipe and be sure to check her blog out after you read through for the recipe. Enjoy!
~When you prepare your brownies, if there are specific instructions on the box for "fudgy" style brownies, make that and not the "cake" style.
~ To minimize cracks in the praline topping, cut the brownies while the topping is still a touch warm, about 45 minutes after you have frosted the brownies.
New Orleans Praline Brownies
Makes a 9x13" pan
- 1 box fudge brownie mix
- water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on brownie box
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Praline Frosting:
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 6 Tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
For the brownies:
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line the 9"x13" pan with parchment paper or foil, letting it hang over the sides so later you can remove it easily from the pan.
- Make brownies as directed on box for fudgy brownies (adding water, oil, and eggs). Stir in 1/2 cup pecans.
- Bake as directed then cool for about an hour until completely cool.
For the topping:
- In a small-medium sized saucepan, mix whipping cream, butter and brown sugar. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring frequently. Boil and stir 1 - 2 minutes. Remove from heat, then stir in toasted pecans, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Cool 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Spread frosting over the cooled pan of brownies. Let stand for about 45 minutes or until frosting is set before cutting.
Recipe from Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom.