Recently I have had a hankering for good old fashioned brownie sundae. Yeah, that's right a decadently rich chocolate brownie with a nice big scoop of ice cream on top and maybe even a little hot fudge sauce drizzled all over it. Y. U. M. Some dreams do come true. Yes indeed.
I was perusing through my assigned food blog for the Secret Recipe Club this past month and guess what recipe I came upon!?! That's right....a brownie recipe! Not just any brrrrownie recipe either. I discovered on Lynsey Lou's blog a brownie recipe called, "Brownie Pie". My prayers had been answered. A Brownie Sundae was in my near future. Hooray!
Lynsey Lou's recipe for Brownie Pie did NOT disappoint. It was whipped up in a jiffy, the ingredients were all simple and the taste was OUT OF THIS WORLD dee-lish! I ended up making personal size brownie pies for all four members of my little family instead of just one 9" pie. It's kind of fun to have your own brownie pie. My girls sure thought so! Their eyes practically popped out of their heads when I placed one of these little treasures in front them. Having a personal size brownie pie with a scoop of ice cream on top was HEAVEN for them.
I was extremely pleased with the texture and taste of the little chocolate pies. They had a lovely thin crisp shell on top like all good brownies do and then the inside was perfectly moist and rich with chocolate. As many may feel, brownies are not complete with out some chopped walnuts, so I added in a couple handfuls to the batter. It was a delightful addition I do have to say.
Take a couple minutes out of your day and stir up this recipe. While the pies (or pie if you chose to make a single 9" brownie pie) are baking go check out Lynsey Lou's blog. You will find a wonderful amount of scrumptious recipes on it such as, Brown Butter Banana Carmel Muffins, Hot Buttered Rum Pancakes and White Cake with Apricot Filling to name a few that has my mouth watering. Be sure to keep your eyes open for all the gorgeous napkins, tablecloths and props that she uses in her pictures. I am such a sucker for pretty linens and Lynsey's collection is just gorgeous! :-)
Mini Walnut Brownie Pies
(oh so slightly altered from Lynsey Lou's recipe)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/8 sea salt + more for sprinkling on top if you so wish
1/2 - 1 cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)
1/2 -1 cup chopped walnuts (my addition)
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease well 4 mini pie plates or one 9" pie plate.
2. Cream together butter and sugar. Add in vanilla extract and eggs. Beat well all together.
3. Add in flour, cocoa powder and salt. Mix well.
4. Add in chocolate chips and chopped walnuts (if you wish)
5. Pour batter into prepared pie pans (pan) and bake for 30 minutes. My minis took just under 30 minutes to bake.
6. Cool slightly and serve with freshly whipped cream, ice cream or chocolate sauce - all of the above is just fine too!
Happy Mini Walnute Brownie Pie Baking!