An easy brownie pie, an apt quick fix if you crave for warm chocolaty dessert on a cold afternoon… Amazingly well on its own or with a side of whipped cream and fudge sauce…
The month end usually means the Shh Cooking Secretly Challenge post, and yes, this month it is! Mayuriji and Renuji gave me the honors of suggesting this month’s challenge theme, and being the sweet tooth I am, all I could think about is something sweet. Since it is quite cold here and really comfortable climate back home, I thought “warm desserts” would be a good idea. It was enthusiastically accepted and declared as the theme for the month.
I had Aruna, who blogs at Vasus Veg Kitchen, as my partner this month. I have been paired with her for the first time and it was lovely doing a little brainstorming of what the ingredients could be. I gave her cardamom and cashews as her secret ingredients while she gave me cocoa powder and walnut. What else can a chocolate lover like me would have loved to get? Even though I would have loved to prepare for this theme as early I could, my crazy schedule just wouldn’t allow me to. Finally it was only last week that I was able to prepare something with these ingredients. I must ashamedly see that finally the Lodge cast iron pan that my sister got for me more than three years ago has been finally put into use. Shouldn’t be hiding my head somewhere for not using the pan and just letting it rust? Let it be a discussion for later…
My initial plan was to make a steamed chocolate pudding, that I had made once by referring to a little handbook when my sister’s friend was visiting, ages ago. The recipe was very simlar to cake but very soft and fudgy, was steamed and had to be eaten as soon as it was out of the steamer, with some ice cream and fudge sauce. It was really delicious, that after the friend left, we all faught for whatever was remaining in the bowl. Hehe… But then you can see from the title, it isn’t what I made. I have one more recipe going into my long to-do list…
While browsing, my eyes fell on this easy recipe. I have been wanting to bake something in my cast iron skillet since long, but somehow I have been just pushing it off. But this pie was perfect to bring that pan out. My girls love brownies and they always complain that I don’t bake it for them more often. Moreover, this recipe only involve melted butter and you don’t need any chocolate to go into it, unless you would want to add some. I was somehow sure that they are likely to love this bake.
Even though it is called a pie, it doesn’t involve any pie crust. Instead, when batter bakes in the pan, it tends to get a crusty outer making it feel like a pie crust. I love crumbly crusts and most of the time, end up eating the crusty portion of all my bakes. After all, it isn’t everybody’s favorite, so I get to enjoy it without sharing. 😉 Once the butter is melted and cooled, the batter just takes five minutes to come together, and another 25 to 30 minutes to bake. There is absolutely no waiting time – take out of the oven, cut and serve with some fluffy whipped cream and chocolate sauce, if available.
Since all of us have put on an incredible amount of weight over the past couple of months except HD, he wasn’t happy to see me bake this. Even then, he did enjoy a small slice and the rest of it was polished off by the girls and me. Hehe… It was absolutely delightful to dunk a peice of the brownie into some cold whipped cream and topped with a squirt of the chocolate sauce. I am so glad I baked it on an impulse… Definitely enjoyed it a lot… Off to the recipe… Please also do check with Aruna prepped with her secret ingredients…
Fudge Brownie Pie
- 100 gm butter, melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup walnuts, crushed
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease an 8 inch cast iron pan and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar till fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla and salt and beat well.
- Sift in the flour and cocoa powder into the wet mixture. Add the walnuts and fold in till completely moist.
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes till the top looks done.
- Serve hot with cold whipped cream and chocolate fudge sauce.