Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Thanksgiving Mini-Series: Bourbon Pecan Brownies...Plus: A compliment from a baking icon

Tomorrow, the United States celebrates Thanksgiving, commemorating the three day feast in 1621 between the pioneering pilgrims and Native Americans and giving thanks for the harvest.

As millions of Americans around the world set off home to their families, their President pardons a lucky turkey named Liberty and Lady Gaga shows the world how to make waffles on her Thanksgiving TV Special, here's a few holiday statistics fact-fans:

  • $4.37 billion worth of turkey is expected to be consumed over the holidays, with the 'Gopher State' Minnesota the top turkey producing state
  • There are four places in the US named after the traditional main course: two 'Turkey Creek's (in Louisiana and Texas) and two plains 'Turkey's (in Arizona and North Carolina)
  • And there are 9 places in the USA called 'Cranberry'
  • 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkin is produced in the run-up to Thanksgiving (250g of which found its way to my kitchen for tomorrow's Pumpkin Whoopie Pie recipe)
All stats courtesy of US Census

To kick off What Kate Baked Thanksgiving mini-series we have these delicious bourbon and pecan brownies from Dan Lepard's 'How to Bake' series in the Guardian.

The recipe can be found right here, so I won't write it out verbatim

Baker's notes:

  • The only changes I made to the original recipe was to leave out the cocoa powder as I was using 85% cocoa solids chocolate and to use only 100g pecan nuts rather than the stated 125g.
  • Crisp on the outside, gooey on the inside, a hint of Bourbon and a crunch of pecan....Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Inspired? Try Dan's Pecan Crust Bourbon Chocolate Tart
  • I was super-excited to meet Dan last week at Let's Make Christmas at Fortnum and Mason and even more thrilled to find a tweet the following morning from Dan who had tasted my festive bake: ' yes, it was a brilliant day, and liked your crunchy nut cake very much!'
  • If I hadn't already been sitting down I think I'd have toppled over. Dan Lepard. Complimenting my Cake. Eh?!?!


  1. What a lovely recipe. And wow! Fantastic Tweet, are you going to print and frame it?

  2. Its going to be on the cover of each of my Christmas Cards I send out this year!!

  3. this looks delicious as always, and lucky you (though not surprised, you bake such lovely things!)! xx

  4. LOL! Love the screen shot of the tweet! LOL! GREAT compliment and LOVELY looking brownies!

  5. They look totally delicious - really moist and rich, and that crust on the top looks fabulous. Hope they tasted as amazing as they look :-)

  6. These look amazing. I really love brownies. Great getting that tweet from Dan. Well done!!


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