I brought back some wonderful “souvenirs” from France – (and yes, all but 4 are food items!!) but I also brought back a not so fun one… the flu followed by a major sinus infection which has kept me sidelined for the last 2 weeks. So… this is not the recipe I had in mind to share with you all… but, it’s a good one and one that definitely fits into the theme of “quality ingredients, simply prepared”.
This is one of those recipes that isn’t a showstopper .. but looks can be deceiving. It is truly a 4 minute recipe (ok, 10 if you count time to measure ingredients and wash the bowl) and it is one of my all time favorites. I grew up with 4 Minute Brownie Pie… it was one of my mother’s “fall back” recipes.. you know, the ones you always have the ingredients for and can pull off at the drop of a hat when you are craving dessert or are simply in desperate need of one?
Over the years I’ve made a couple of small changes to the recipe – substituting the Hershey’s cocoa that my mom always used for Droste cocoa powder (feel free to use any high quality cocoa powder that you like) and adding a tablespoon of Kahlua – I find that adding a Tablespoon of liqueur or liquor to cakes and desserts intensifies the flavors without leaving any discernable “alcohol” taste – so if you enjoy that, you might want to try adding 2 tablespoons!! Nuts of course, are optional – feel free to add toasted walnuts, pecans, madamia’s, hazelnuts.. whatever you like!
To finish it off, I normally just dust the top with a little powdered sugar.. but it’s also terrific with a little freshly whipped cream or ice cream – see why this is a favorite in my house?
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup dutch process cocoa
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 Tbsp. Kahlua (optional)
- 1/2 cup chopped and toasted walnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts (optional)
- Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch springform pan or 9 inch pie plate and set aside.
- Combine eggs through Kahlua (if using) in the bowl of a mixer. Mix for 4 minutes until batter is thoroughly combined .. and yes, you need to mix for a full 4 minutes!
- Stir in nuts if using.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 - 30 minutes until pie is set on top and doesn't jiggle when you move it - pie should look dry on top!
- Remove from the oven and let cool. As the pie cools it will sink - that's ok and is what is supposed to happen!
- Slice and serve!