This was called a "pie" so I baked it in a 9-inch round springform as it called for but I think it would've been better either in an actual pie pan for that pie authenticity or even in an 8-inch square baking pan to easier cutting and portioning to give away. Because you know I only bake to give away. Whichever pan you bake it in, you're probably going to want to cut this into small pieces. I thought the brownie part was really good, moist and fudgy. I'm less enamoured of the Midnight Milky Ways; while they're a better substitute for me than pure marshmallows because I don't like marshmallows, I didn't like them in this as much as I did in the Mississippi Mud Brownies I made previously. And I think that's because I didn't like the frosting on this one - it was too sweet for me and somewhat gritty. I think it would've been better with a cooked frosting or at least something hot enough to melt the powdered sugar and make a smoother frosting. As it was, the topping made this a little too rich for my blood. If I did it over again, I would keep the brownie base, top it with chunks of Milky Way Caramels and drizzle it with a little chocolate frosting but not blanket it completely. Sometimes less is more.
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans, optional (I left them out)
1 cup chopped Midnight Milky Ways
2 ounces butter, melted
1 ounce (1/4 cup) cocoa powder, sifted
2 ounces (1/4 cup) evaporated milk
8 ounces (1 cup) powdered sugar, sifted
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 inch spring form pan set aside.
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
- Beat together the butter, eggs and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Stir in the toasted nuts.
- Pour into the prepared pan. Bake on a middle shelf of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Immediately sprinkle the marshmallows on top and return to the oven for a few minutes to melt the marshmallows. Remove from the oven and carefully spread the chocolate frosting over top.
- To make the chocolate frosting mix all ingredients together in a bowl, beating with an electric whisk until smooth and thick. Spread on the hot marshmallows. Let cool completely. Cut into wedges to serve.