Coconut pecan brownies
There’s an ad I’ve been seeing a lot lately, when I try to watch my shows on the computer. It promises an “all new more everything plan,” and it’s only a slight exaggeration to say that it has me teetering on the thin line between amusement and despair. First of all, do we really need to reinforce the image of Americans as inarticulate greedy toddlers? MORE MORE MORE NEW NEW NEW!! No, we don’t, we truly don’t. Second of all, thank you once again, marketing-Americans for reducing words to a state of flaccid meaninglessness. It’s like a drug, it started with fairly mild words, “wholesome” or “goodness,” words that most actual people don’t actually use very often and that never had that much vitality. But our tolerance for those words grew to the point that we don’t even notice them anymore, it’s like we didn’t even hear them. So it spread to words that once had some power and complexity, “awesome,” “extreme,” even “power” itself. And now those have about as much flavor as gum that’s been chewed up, spit out, and stuck to the bottom of somebody’s shoe for a few weeks. So it’s on to the really big words. What’s bigger than everything? And this is the idea that keeps going around and around in my head. Everything? Really? More everything
? More money, more sunshine, more inspiration, more creativity, more good-will, more intelligence, more patience, more ice cream cones, more cool non-leather shoes, more homes for stray dogs, more empathy for everyone in the world? And then, the next logical question…more everything
? Are you sure? More poverty, more rain, more earthquakes, more misunderstanding, more tetanus shots, more rotten raspberries in a bowl that looked so perfect, more war, more hatred, more chaos, more ignorance, more cruelty? More of all of that? And more nothing? Because that’s part of everything, too, isn’t it? Anything, something, nothing, it’s all part of everything. Does this all-new plan offer a glimpse into the abyss? Because I’m not sure I’m ready for that. I’m not ready for all being and nothingness. So be careful what you sign up for, read the fine print, and ask yourself if you’re prepared to take on the extreme awesome power of the all new everything plan.
Coconut pecan brownies
Speaking of everything, these wholesomely delicious brownies have it all! They’re soft and flavorful with a crispy top. They have a nice texture because of the coconut and pecans, which are both ground up so that they’re surprising but recognizable.
Here’s The Ramones with I Wanted Everything.
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup white sugar
1 t vanilla
1 T raspberry liqueur (optional)
3/4 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup pecans, lightly tossed or roasted and chopped
1/2 cup flour
Preheat the oven to 350 and lightly butter a brownie pan or a largish cake pan.
In a small saucepan over medium heat melt the butter and the chocolate chips, till they’re just melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, in a food processor process the eggs until they’re light and fluffy. Add the sugar, vanilla and raspberry liqueur and process again.
Add the coconut and pecans and process until they’re fairly finely ground, but still have some texture. Add the flour and salt and process to combine.
Add the butter and chocolate and process again.
Pour the batter into a prepared pan, and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes, until the top is crackled and the brownies are pulling away from the edges of the pan. It will be unite soft inside, but a knife should come out clean.