German De Leche Brownies

Recipe courtesy of Crystal Williams and Denise Plowman, Norma's
Show: Unique Sweets Episode: Sweet Tour of Queens
TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 20 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr 20 min
Cook: 50 min
YIELD: 12 brownies
LEVEL: Intermediate


  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) salted butter, plus 1 tablespoon at room temperature for greasing the pan
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    • Special equipment: A 12-by-16-inch half-sheet pan
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      Make the brownies: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 12-by-16-inch half-sheet pan with the softened butter and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar to make a slurry; set aside. Melt the 1 1/2 sticks butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips and cook, stirring often, until the chocolate is completely melted, then stir in the espresso powder. Transfer the chocolate-espresso mixture to the bowl with the egg slurry. Add the flour and baking soda and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared half-sheet pan and bake until glossy on the surface and still jiggles slightly when the pan is tapped, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely.

      Make the topping: Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Place the pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 5 minutes. Remove the pecans from the oven and transfer to a heat-safe plate. Combine the condensed milk, coconut, vanilla, salt and pecans in a medium saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the condensed milk is very thick and turns the color of caramel, about 20 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

      Cut the brownies into twelve 3-by-4-inch squares. Pour the warm topping over the brownies and serve while warm or when cooled.


      This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and may have been scaled down from a bulk recipe. The Food Network Kitchens have not tested it for home use and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

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