This Brownie Pizza is a fun way to use some of that extra Halloween candy this year!
I’ve always been fascinated with mythical creatures. I’m not referring to mythology here…although I do love me some Roman and Greek mythology. Nope, I’m referring to the creatures, monsters and other legendary mutants that roam the countryside. Not surprisingly, these stories surface a good bit more around this time of the year…and I love ’em!
Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot). So I’ve always wanted to find a sasquatch. I’ve even sat down and watched those tv shows where people go out hunting a sasquatch. Call me crazy, but it’s just fascinating to me!
And here’s the thing. There’s just enough evidence that Bigfoot is out there to be almost believable. Most of the sightings have been hoaxes…but there’s enough to leave that shred of doubt in your mind. And there have literally been dozens of Bigfoot sightings around the world, including the Honey Island Swamp Monster (Louisiana) and the Greyman (Scottish Highlands). This year, I’m gonna find him. I think Bigfoot lives in my backyard. Back behind the fence. (Hey, it’s scary back there!)
Loup Garou (aka werewolf). We’re not talking Teen Wolf with Michael J. Fox here. We’re talking the real deal. I first learned about the loup garou when I was living down in Louisiana. This mythical creature supposedly wanders the swamps of south Louisiana. As the legend goes, this half-man, half-wolf creature targets misbehaving Cajun kids as well as Catholics who break the rules of Lent. If that isn’t scary, I don’t know what is. I’m perfectly happy not running into the loup garou in a back alley or swamp somewhere. Thanks, but no thanks.
Headless Horseman. Ok, so this one is well-known thanks to the many kids’ books and cartoon recreations. But the actual story of the Headless Horseman is pretty terrifying. This story appears in both European and American folklore, but the story from Sleepy Hollow is most appropriate given that Halloween is almost here.
According to legend, a solider was struck in the head by a cannonball during the Revolutionary War. He was buried in the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, and he rises every Halloween night looking for his lost head. Creepy. Especially given the fact that Sleepy Hollow, NY and the Old Dutch Church are only a couple of hours south of here. I’ve driven by the cemetery years ago, and I kinda want to go back. On Halloween. Anyone want to come with?
The Great Pumpkin. Haha, ok, I kid. In the famous words of Linus van Pelt, “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”
Are you guys inundated with Halloween candy yet? Every year, I jump the gun and get
a couple several many bags of Halloween candy when they show up on store shelves. (Nevermind that they seem to show up in early September now…) How do you like to eat Halloween candy? I prefer to eat mine as quickly as possible and then hide the wrappers. Haha. Just kidding! I claim to buy the Halloween candy for our trick-or-treaters, but I think I end up eating more than I give out. Can you blame me? Those little bite-size candy bars are just sitting right there looking at me.
This year, I decided to take some of those candy bars and turn them into a legitimate dessert. Pizza nights are popular here in the Spiced house, but this time I went sweet. Like a Brownie Pizza. With chopped up Halloween candy on top. This sweet treat turned out quite well! And the best part is you can tailor it to your own candy stash. Don’t have Reese’s and Twix? Then use Milky Ways instead. Or toss on some Tootsie Rolls and gummy bears. Have fun with this one…it’s Halloween after all! But save a piece for me. I’ll be hungry after my sasquatch hunt in the back yard.
Have you ever seen Bigfoot?
What is your favorite (or least favorite) Halloween candy? Would it taste better on a Brownie Pizza?
For the Brownie Pizza
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1½ oz. unsweetened chocolate
- 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips divided
- 1 large eggs
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
For the Toppings
- various candy bars chopped
For the Pizza
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease and flour a 9” or 10” round cake pan; set aside. (Note: A cake pan with a removable bottom will make this project much easier!)
- Using a medium saucepan, add the butter, unsweetened chocolate and ½ cup of chocolate chips. Place over medium-low heat, stirring often, until butter and chocolate have fully melted; set pan aside to cool.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Stir the egg mixture into the warm chocolate mixture.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture.
- Stir ¼ cup of chocolate chips into the batter.
- Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the brownie comes out mostly clean.
- As soon as you remove the brownie from the oven, sprinkle the remaining ¾ cup of chocolate chips evenly across top of brownie. (Tip: Leave a 1” border around the edge for your pizza “crust”.)
- Let cool for 5 minutes and then use an offset spatula to smooth the melted chocolate chips evenly around the top of the brownie. Gently press chopped candy bars and other toppings into the melted chocolate. Let cool fully before slicing.
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