A simple, fudgy brownie-like slice, filled with pecans and chocolate bits. You can use chunkier size chocolate pieces if you wish. This is another melt, mix and bake type of recipe. The step involving browning the butter is worth it – it gives the slice a delicious nutty aroma and flavour.
230g unsalted butter
2 cups (300g) plain flour
1 cup (160g) brown sugar
1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup (80g) pecans
1 cup (200g) dark or white chocolate bits
First step is to brown the butter. Place the butter into a saucepan over a medium heat. Cook until it melts, stirring occasionally, and then continue to cook until the butter foams, and turns brown (about 5-8 minutes), making sure you keep stirring every now and then. Set aside to cool.
Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line a square 20cm tin with baking paper.
In a large mixing bowl, add flour, brown sugar, caster sugar, 2/3 of the pecans. Stir until the mixture is combined.
Add the brown butter, eggs and vanilla extract. Stir until the ingredients have been just mixed. Then add 2/3 of the chocolate bits, stirring a couple of times more.
Spoon mixture into the prepared tin. Scatter the remaining pecans and chocolate bits on top.
Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown in colour and the skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
All ow the slice to cool completely in the tin before removing it to cut into squares or fingers. You may wish to dust the slice with icing sugar.