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Pecan Brownie Pie with Cranberries Recipe. Gluten-Free Friendly

Posted on 9th of November, 2013 by Lévana

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With Thanksgiving approaching, and fresh cranberries flooding produce stalls, I thought I would take cranberries in a different direction, not a relish or chutney or cranberry pie this time. I decided to dream up a chocolate dessert that would incorporate cranberries. A cake? A chocolate pie with cranberry coulis? a brownie-based tart? Although each possibility had real potential, I decided to tinker with the latter one. My brownies are a big crowd pleaser, with lots of wiggle room to accommodate flavor variations. Could I use that as my starting point, and push the envelope even further than I already had, and sneak in a whole bag of fresh cranberries without upsetting the delicate balance that yields such creamy brownies, and would slice just like a pie? As always with making a new recipe, especially dessert, I tried to imagine it in my mind’s eye. This one resisted me, a good couple hours, and I tossed around the modified amounts of   sugar, the nuts, the tartness, the extracts and whatnot, but the great news is, once I set out to make what I finally settled on, I just knew I had a real winner on my hands. This was borne out last night at my Shabbos table, at dessert time: A real triumph.

Do not change anything: It’s fantastic! And so simple. I had some gluten-free guests, and it was no hardship whatsoever using rice flour.

I love to use my 12 inch pie plate, pictured above. It makes for a dramatic and beautiful presentation. But you could use 2 9″ pie plates instead, only try your best to get pie plates with straight sides (as opposed to the sloping Pyrex pie plates).

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, very good quality
1 cup natural margarine spread (health food stores)
3 tablespoons Creme de Cassis
4 eggs
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour, any flour, including gluten-free
1 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries (about 2 cups)
1 cup chopped toasted pecans (preheated 325 degree oven about 12 minutes)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Melt the chocolate, margarine spread and Cassis on a very low flame (or microwave 2 minutes). Stir to combine the melted mixture thoroughly.
In a food processor or with a hand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the chocolate mixture and process (or mix) until combined. Add the flour and pulse just 2-3 times, or mix, until just combined. Fold in the nuts and cranberries with a spoon.
Pour the batter into a greased 12-inch pie plate, or 2 9-inch pie plates, and bake one hour, until the center is barely firm, not a minute longer, the residual heat will do the drop baking it needs, and it will firm up as it cools. Chill the pie completely before slicing.

Filed under: Brownies Recipes, Chocolate Recipes, Cranberries Recipes, Creme de Cassis Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes, Pie recipes, Recipes, Thanksgiving Recipes

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12 Questions

  1. Ailuy, on Said:

    I know this is an old post, but Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away and I am starting to search my recipe archives. I have made this pie 2 years ago and it was inhaled. This year I would love to make it again. I have read all the comments and now have questions,
    1. Am I correct in understanding that nut flour can be used instead of whole wheat (that’s what I used last time).
    2. Based on one of the comments, I want to try using 1 cup or toasted pumpkin seeds instead of pecans, yay/ney?
    3. I have 8″ cake pans, should I bake 3?
    4. Do these freeze well (with nut flour crust and pumpkin seeds)?

    Sorry for a long post, but I really don’t want to mess up.

    Thank you

    • Lévana, on Said:

      Chana yes. Perfect. I used millet flour, just to accommodate my GF guests, and it came out fantastic. Any GF flour will do. Creme de Cassis is a wonderful black currant liqueur, easy to find at all liquor stores.

  2. Shelley stone, on Said:

    You list the flour as 1/2. But 1/2 of what?please hurry with your correction as I planto make this soon.