Hard Core Brownies with Caramel Sauce

Easy, Moderate, Complex

Yield: 8 large triangles


  • 1/2 cup good cocoa powder 60 g)
  • 3/4 cup flour 85 g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 g)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 170 g)
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar 395)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 10 ml)
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled 115 g)
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 225 g)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans 225 g)
  • For the Caramel Sauce
    • 2 cups sugar 450 g)
    • 1 cup water 250 ml)
    • 1 cup  35% cream 250 ml)
    • Pinch coarse salt
    • Dash of cayenne pepper


  1. Stir together cocoa powder, flour and salt. Set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until thick and lemon-colored, about 2 minutes. Blend in vanilla and chocolate. Slowly add cocoa-flour mixture, mixing until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans, saving some pecans back for garnishing the top.
  3. Generously butter and flour a 13×9-inch pan 33 X 23 cm). You can also use a springform 25X6 cm).
  4. Fill pan with batter. Dot with pecans.
  5. Place pan in center of 350 degree oven 177 C).
  6. Bake until wood pick inserted in center comes out moist from melted chocolate not batter), about 25 minutes. The top will likely start to show some cracks – it is drier than the interior. Let cool completely on rack. Cut into 12 squares, or if using a round springform pan cut into a nice big triangle. Top with warm caramel sauce and a small scoop of your favourite vanilla ice cream.
  7. For the Caramel Sauce
  8. Place water and sugar in a saucepan.
  9. On medium heat bring to a bare boil to dissolve the sugar and then jack up the heat to a full rolling  boil and let it boil away for 20 – 30 minutes until brownish. Do not touch it.
  10. As soon as it is med brown add the cream and whisk to incorporate. The sugar will clump but gradually be mixed in to the ‘syrup’.
  11. Continue to boil until thicker. It will thicken even more as it cools. Serve warm on top of the brownie a with a scoop of best vanilla ice cream