Sunday, February 14, 2010

Decadent Cajun Valentine Treats !

Since Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes that I like to make for the people I love. These Chocolate-Praline Brownies are so simple, yet so sinfully rich that you will not believe it, cher! These heavenly treats are guaranteed to please your sweetheart. You'd better make two batches of these! Cest bon ! Enjoy! Worth the calories, for sure!

2 sticks butter or margarine
1 lb.package brown sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp.'s baking powder
Dash of salt.
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
2 tsp.'s vanilla

Melt butter or margarine and sugar, stir over low heat, until smooth. Add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Cool, then stir in eggs. Combine dry ingredients in small bowl and beat into mixture, until well blended. Stir in pecans and vanilla.  Pour into a greased 13x9x2 inch pan. Bake @ 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes. Meanwhile, make the icing.

Praline Icing

1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
3/4 cup chopped pecans

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, bring the first 3 ingredients to a boil. Boil for one minute, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar and almond extract until smooth. Add pecans and continue to stir for about 3 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken. Pour onto cooled cake. Makes 1 1/2 cups. This is a divinely delicious icing and it will make you want to lick the bowl!
Decadent! Cest bon, cher!

Valentine's Strawberry Daiquiri

1 1/2 oz.'s light rum
1/2 oz. strawberry schnapps
1 0z. lime juice
1 tsp. powdered sugar
 5 strawberries, stems removed and halved

Blend all ingredients with 1/2 cup ice in blender and strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lime slice. Recipe may be increased to desired number of daiquiris. I like to make gallon batches! Cheers!

Many thanks for stopping by and for all of your wonderful comments!
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Valentine's Day!


ellen abbott said...

That strawberry daiquiri looks wonderful.

Unfortunately, brownies give me heartburn.

Joanne said...

Marguerite, too bad there's not a way to cyber send those brownies out to your blog friends ;)

Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Kat said...

Happy Valentines Day.

Holly said...

Fun blog to wander through!

Robert L said...

As soon as I post this I'm driving thru the snow to get what I need for the brownies!

California Girl said...

Just want you to know I made Mama's Shrimp Stew Fri night and it was delicious! My husband was in ecstasy. It was also simple and fun (except for the 10 minutes stirring the roux)!

Jeni said...

Chocolate, praline icing, pecans. Who could possibly ask for anything more scrumptious all rolled into one package?

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's day... Hope you hoisted at least one of those daiquiris

Marguerite said...

ellen- Thanks, I will have one in your honor! Cheers! Skip the brownies and have two daiquiris!

Joanne- I wish there were a way, too! I would send all of you, a double batch and some Community coffee to go with it! Thanks, same to you, cher!

Kat- Thanks, hope yours was happy, too! These brownies are sinful, hope you try them. Merci for coming by, mon amie!

Holly- Hi and welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment! I will look forward to visiting you, soon.

Velva said...

Praline brownies, daquiris...does it get any better? I think not! Awesome.

Dorothy Rimson said...

Hey i feel like galloping all present there. yummy...

Jo said...

Omigawd, that looks good.

I am rushing out right now -- as we speak -- to buy some chopped pecans.

How on earth do you stay so nice and slim??? :-)

Marguerite said...

Robert- So good to hear from you! Merci for your sweet comment and for stopping by! Enjoy and stay warm!

Cal. Girl- So glad you and your hubby liked the stew! Thanks so much for trying it! The roux is a bit laborious, but so worth it!

Jeni- Thanks for the nice compliment, so happy you enjoyed it! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Dave- Thanks, cher, it was fab! I had several and they were soooo good!

Velva- You're right, it doesn't! Thanks for coming by!

John said...

I'm so happy to find your blog. I love Cajun and Creole Cooking. Love to learn about the Culture also. I made your Chocolate Praline Brownies and had someone say they were the best brownies that he ever put in his mouth! They were a big hit at our Zydeco Dance get together here in Florida. I have two questions: 1. I am looking for a dark Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya (Cajun, no tomatoes). Do you happen to have a recipe? 2. I would like to know the meaning of Cest bon, cher!