Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dark chocolate, Caramel- Sea Salt Skillet Brownies with Pecans

Happy Day before Friday! Hope you are all enjoying your Summer!
Ours is coming to an end
with the kids going back to school this coming Monday!
Where did the Summer go??
The girls and I are finishing up Katelyn's dresser,
an updated post is soon to follow!
Today I wanted to share with you something that has been a long time coming. My father and I had several things in common. My favorite past time when I got a little older was, over our morning coffees, we'd finish the daily crossword puzzle together. It was his love of reading that I really miss! He'd always have a book in his hand! What I remember most about my dad was
 his love for his cast-iron skillet!
 That was his baby!

To be honest, I don't remember my mother ever using it!
He'd make us one of his famous ham and cheese omelets in it!
Confession time....
I've had one, I just never use it!
That is until, I had this need for chocolate!
 It's been a busy couple of weeks,
and I haven't really made anything sweet, since the
A few other family things have been going on in the background,
my grandparents' health are declining, and
I worry about my oldest daughter being so far away from home!
That brought me back to thinking about my father!
How he was there for me when ever I needed to talk
or just be. There were some days, we would just drink our
coffee and do our cross word puzzle in peace 
without ever saying a single word.

My Daddy has been gone almost twenty years now!
 If you still have your father with you,
 give him a hug today and tell him you love him!

Holding that skillet in my hand felt pretty darn good!
A peace came over me,
or maybe it was the thought of the ooey-gooey
of that perfect dark chocolate brownie fix.
Either way, this skillet is going to be used
much more, but right now
it's baking brownies!

Dark Chocolate, Caramel-Sea Salt Brownie Skillet with Pecans (adapted from MidWest Living)

1 1/3 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup butter, unsalted
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
6 oz dark chocolate chips
Vanilla ice cream (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Heat a 10x2-inch cast-iron over medium-high heat.
Toast chopped pecans in skillet for 2-3 minutes, until lightly toasted.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
3. To the pecans, add the butter and brown sugar. Just as the brown sugar is almost melted, and the butter starts to bubble, add the 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and the sea salt. Stir until the caramel is well combined, return to heat until the brown sugar is completely melted, and then remove from heat.
4. To the flour mixture, add the melted butter, eggs, heavy cream. Fold in the dark chocolate chips.
Spoon over the pecans and caramel.
5. Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
As always, I saved a slice for you!
Sharing this at these Fabulous Parties!
You might also like my recipe for
Nutella Brownies
If you are looking for more Brownie Loving recipes, check out this
Until next time! Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Very touching story CB. I have never made brownies in cast iron...a must in my near I am going to pantry to see if I have ingredients ;-)
    My girls start school on the 18, but sports have started.

  2. I can't believe school starts on Monday there! I think we still have a couple of weeks here. I know my littlest sister goes back to college in two weeks. I guess I am out of the loop as to when our local schools start. Summer flew by! These brownies sound amazing and so does your dad. I love cooking in my cast iron too, they are so versatile.

  3. Thanks for the recipe!! Yay;. Chocolate. PINNED. Linda @Crafts a la mode

  4. What a wonderful memory of your father! The recipe is so yummy...will be trying that. We have several cast iron skillets that belonged to the hubster's grandmother. He uses them, but I never do. I will give him this recipe and ask him to make it! :-) I cannot believe school is starting...where has the time gone!!

  5. There is something so comforting about taking a spoon and eating directly from the pan. especially if it evokes such fond memories! Love it! Thanks for linking up with Thursday Favorite Things. Hope your weekend is amazing!

  6. thank you for sharing this yummy treat at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature tomorrow xo

  7. Hi Christine, this looks so amazing and I bet yummy. Thanks for sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Good luck with getting the kids back to school.

  8. Holy cow I may have just drooled! YUMMY!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  9. I have a cast iron skillet that rarely gets used. This just may be the reason that I pull out of the bottom of my cabinet. It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  10. Your Brownie looks fantastic, we will just love it! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon.
    Miz Helen

  11. PINNED to chocolate board. Thanks so much for this awesome recipe. Best wishes for a wonderful summer. Linda

  12. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at the Say G'day Party! Pinned and look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

  13. This looks fantastic!!!! & I just bought a cast iron skillet too :) perfect for my first recipe!! Thank you for linking up at Pin Worthy Wednesday!

  14. Yum! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing such amazing creations to our party. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm because we LOVE to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  15. This recipe looks amazing! We love brownies at our house, so I'm going to have to try these. Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags party, I pinned your post to our group board.