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This fudge pie a cross between a brownie and a dense chocolate cake, and better than either. It's a fun dessert to serve on Derby Day at a party. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1-1/2 cups toasted pecan pieces (see note)
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease an 8 x 1-1/2-inch cake pan and set it aside. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl, stirring with a whisk to break up any cocoa lumps.
- Beat the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour mixture. Add the pecans, mixing well. Pour into the cake pan.
- Bake about 30 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Do not over-bake. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. The pie may be dusted with powdered sugar or served with ice cream.
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