I once saw stand up comedienne Fiona O’Loughlin jokingly tell the story of being at home while her kids and husband were at school and work. In order to appear like she’d been busy all day, she told us that at 4pm in the afternoon she’d throw onions on a pan. She assured us all that this act would 1. have everyone assume that she’d been very busy all day and 2. that the aroma of cooked onions was so comforting that everyone was automatically calmed. I figured all jokes aside, with 5 kids she’d know how to calm a house!
We bake most weekends and this past weekend was no exception. With winter theoretically on our door step ( in theory, I say because the days here in Brisbane at this time of the year really are glorious!) it seemed only fitting to bake ourselves a triple layer treat.
The layers in these Double Chocolate Pecan Fudge Squares do take a little more time however the result is well worth the effort.
Start by preparing the biscuit base according to the instructions below. Take care not to overbake it as it tends to dry quickly and you really are looking for lovely moistness across each of the square layers.
The creamy chocolate filling is simply a brown sugar and butter mix made super delicious with condensed milk. I’ve long been a fan of condensed milk. Beginning my Food Science career at Carnation, I remember clearly the joy of huge and I mean really huge, vats of white creamy condensed milk. My job then was to taste test the condensed milk as it caramalises over time. A life well spent – condensed milk tasting to now these days brownie tasting!
Of course, as we always say great chocolate makes or breaks a dessert. Here at Dello Mano our choice of beautiful chocolate is Belgian chocolate however so long as you choose great quality, the choice of chocolate is yours.
After melting, pour the molten dark Belgian chocolate onto the base of biscuit and creamy filling.
Starting to get exciting now – take a little care to evenly spread the chocolate so as to ensure the squares look balanced when they’re cut. Refrigerate.
Remove from the refrigerator and carefully cut the layers to your preferred size. Since we love Dello Mano cubes, we have a preference for little squares, but really the fudge squares could be ribbons or bar shaped. Just take a little care when moving the knife through the layers to avoid cracking.
Sit back and enjoy those delicious layers.
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE PECAN FUDGE SLICE
¼ cup finely chopped pecans
100 g Butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup plain flour, sifted
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
395 g can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup brown sugar
125 g butter, chopped into small pieces
120g coursely chopped pecans
100 g dark Belgian chocolate, chopped
60 g butter, chopped
200 g dark Belgian chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven to 170-180°C depending on your oven. Grease and line a brownie style pan.
Combine butter, sugar and pecans in a bowl. Add flour and baking powder. Mix until well combined. Using the back of a spoon press the base mixture into the cake pan.
Bake for 18 minutes or until golden and firm to touch.
Combine milk, sugar and butter in a 2-liter (8 cup) microwave safe jug or bowl. Cook, uncovered, stirring every 2 minutes for 6 to 8 minutes on high (100%) power or until mixtures comes to the boil and is thick and golden. Stand for 1 minute.Add the chocolate and stir constantly until melted. Stir in pecans.
Add the chocolate and stir constantly until melted. Stir in pecans.
Pour over warm base and set aside to cool completely.
TO MAKE FROSTING
Melt butter over a low heat. When melted slowly add chocolate, stirring gently until smooth. Be careful not to aerate the chocolate mix. Pour over fudge filling.
Optional : Spread some crushed pecans on top before refrigerating ( can there ever be too many pecans!)
Refrigerate for 15 minutes to set. Cut into squares and serve.
Recipe adapted from Stahmann Pecan Farms – www.stahmann.com.au