Yields 16 Servings
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces TCHO Pro 60.5% Dark Chocolate Discs
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
Caramel Pecan Layer
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons water
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups pecans (6 oz)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9-inch square metal baking pan, knocking out excess flour.
2. Begin by making the Brownie Layer. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
3. Melt chocolates and butter in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Then remove from heat. Cool to lukewarm then stir in brown sugar and vanilla.
4. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating with a wooden spoon after each addition until mixture is glossy and smooth.
5. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined.
6. Spread batter evenly in baking pan and bake in middle of oven until a tester comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a rack.
7. Next, make the Caramel Pecan Layer. Bring sugar, corn syrup, water, and a pinch of salt to a boil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Then bring to a boil, without stirring, until mixture turns a golden caramel color, about 10 minutes.
8. Remove from heat and carefully whisk in cream and vanilla (mixture will bubble and steam).
9. Stir in pecans and immediately pour over brownie layer, spreading evenly. Cool completely in pan on rack.
10. Chill brownies, loosely covered, until caramel and chocolate are firm, at least 4 hours.
11. Just before serving, cut chilled brownies into 2-inch squares and remove from pan while still cold, then bring to room temperature.
For added garnish, spoon melted chocolate into a small sealable plastic bag and seal, forcing out excess air. Squeeze chocolate into 1 corner. Next, cut a tiny slice off corner to form a small hole. Squeeze chocolate decoratively over brownies for that extra special something.