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Brownies from Dallas' Fairmont Hotel

With pecans arriving shortly at the Dallas Farmers Market, here's a simple, yet decadent take on the basic brownie. It has a strong chocolate flavor and not as sweet as most brownies...letting the pecans be the stars.

The Fairmont Dallas Authentically Local West Texas Pecan
& Bittersweet Chocolate Brownie

• 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
• 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
• 1/2 cup firmly packed golden brown sugar
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 3 large eggs
• 3/4 cup all purpose flour
• 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
• 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line bottom of 13x9x2-inch baking pan butter and flour all sides of pan. Stir chocolate in top of double boiler set over simmering water until chocolate melts. Remove chocolate from over water and cool.

Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar and beat until well blended. Mix in melted chocolate. Add eggs 1 at a time and beat just until blended after each addition. Mix in flour. Using rubber spatula, mix in white chocolate and pecans. Transfer batter to prepared pan.

Bake brownies until tester inserted into center comes out with a few crumbs attached, about 20 minutes. Cool brownies in pan on rack Cut around pan sides to loosen brownies. Turn out onto work surface. Peel off foil.

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