Chocolate Pecan Rum Brownies

[From Daniel]

The rules of the yoga center at Mt. Madonna prevented me from bringing the brownies themselves to Gathering. But in the spirit of sharing the Light over the list, and to satisfy everybody who has asked, here's the recipe I used when I made these for dan on Valentine's Day:

Spiritual Chocolate Pecan Rum Brownies

One hour silence - 15 mins prep time - 30-35 mins baking time - Makes about 16 brownies

3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine
2 tbsps water
1 pkg (12 oz) semisweet chocolate morsels
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 tbsp. rum

Approach process as spiritual discipline, with centered soul and working mindfully throughout.

Preheat oven to 325 deg F. Grease a 9 inch square baking pan. In a small bowl, mix together flour and baking soda. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter and water. Bring to boil over medium heat; remove immediately from heat. Stir in 1 cup of chocolate morsels and vanilla extract until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl. Cool completely. Stir in rum. Stir in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually stir in flour mixture until smooth. Stir remaining chocolate morsels and nuts into batter. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 - 35 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into squares.

adapted from "The Chocolate Room" at http://www.riversport.com/madcow/chocpecbrown.htm


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