5/4/09

Baked Fudge Dessert


Last night I was in the mood to make a dessert for my family but I had nothing in particular in mind. We didn't have any specialty items on hand but I typically have a well stocked pantry so we had the basics to work with.

I walked to the book shelf and at random chose a cookbook and opened it up. It opened right to the dessert section and in front of me I read; Baked Fudge Dessert. A quick glance at the ingredients told me I probably had all of them. I had to tweak it a bit with cooking times but the end result was gobbled up by my family and even I, who regularly passes by anything chocolate without so much as a glance, snuck the batter and the finished product.  



Baked Fudge Dessert

2 cups sugar
1/2 c flour
1/2 c plus 2 T good quality cocoa
4 eggs
2 sticks (8 oz.) real butter, melted
2 t vanilla
1 c fine chopped pecans
real whipped cream


Mix sugar, flour and cocoa in a bowl. Beat in eggs. Add butter, vanilla and nuts. Pour into a glass 9X9" pan (spray only the bottom with non-stick spray, not the sides... or don't spray at all). Fill a large pan with water and set the glass dish in the center of the pan of water. Bake at 300 for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The center should have the consistency just past a thick custard but will not be as thick or stiff as cake or brownies. It will set up a bit when it cools but is wonderful spooned or scooped out warm with a dollop of whipped cream. Serve scooped out warm or cut into squares when cool.
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