Today is Dessert Monday here on the blog. I am running in a little late with this post due to the crazy Easter weekend that the family and I had. Normally I bake the desserts over the weekend, pre-write the post on Sunday, and publish it on Monday morning so y'all will have something 'sweet' to start your week off with. However, that schedule went out the door this weekend.
One of the causes for this delay was the retirement of our old, 1975 oven/stove. On Friday evening, I went to turn the oven on to prepare it to make garlic toast...and well....it wouldn't preheat. As a matter of fact, it wouldn't heat up....at....all :( I was mortified! I'm not a gal that deals easily with change and this was something that really put a dent in my evening. Knowing how much I love to cook and bake, my wonderful Husband Man (and yes ladies....he is wonderful) hatched up a brilliant plan to go shopping for a new one after the Easter Festivities on Saturday.
Well folks......I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.......
Our very old, very ancient, and very retired 1975 stove (I'm embarrssed to even show this picture on here....however, y'all are like my family so it's all good).....
May she rest in peace......
And.....our new stove/oven............
I was sad at first...however, after using this new stove/oven a total of four times already, I am finding myself thrilled to pieces!! What a breath of fresh air! I am totally in love with our new appliance now and can't imagine ever going back to my old one...no matter how many treasured memories it may hold ;)
I officially broke-in the oven part this morning with the pie up above. I wasn't going to at first, however, I was just 'itching' to use the baking option and wanted to mess with all the buttons and such ;) Luckily, nothing screwed up and the pie came out perfect ;)
I saw this recipe on a cooking show I started watching last week. We had all the ingredients for it so I figured I'd give it a whirl. I can't stress enough how simple and easy this was to make. For anyone who is short on time and needs a quick dessert to whip up, this is the recipe for you! No fancy shmancy ingredients or extra frills....just a boxed brownie mix, a bag of pecan halves, and a pre-made pie shell. Perfect for the busy bodies out there ;)
You can make it in pie form or in mini-muffin form.....
Serve them with vanilla icecream and whipped cream with a cherry on top ;) Or make them for your kids as a little dessert after dinner ;) Either way you choose to eat them, they are sure to be fantabulous!!!
Brownie Pecan Pie and Mini-Bites
(makes one 9-inch pie and 12 mini-bites)
1 regular sized box brownie mix (not the family size)
1 premade frozen 9 inch pie crust (deep dish or regular)
1 bag of pecan halves
Eggs (however many is directed on the brownie box)
Vegetable/Canola Oil (double the amount on the brownie box)
Water (double the amount on the brownie box)
1. Preheat oven to what the temperature states on the brownie box. If you are making them in mini muffin form, grease the mufin tin.
2. Mix the brownie mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and water in a large bowl. Stir until well mixed.
3. Pour batter mixture into frozen pie shell or mini muffin tin.
4. Place pecan halves around the edges of the pie in a circle, in the muffin tin, place a few pieces inside each cup.
5. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
**Libby's Notes: If using a regular 9 inch frozen crust, you will have some batter left over. You can always use the batter to make more in mini muffin tins or regular muffin tins.**