Turtle Time

I don’t know how chocolate turtles got their name or what — if anything — they have to do with the four-legged reptile with a shell, but I’ve been a fan since my first bite. That delicious combination of chocolate and caramel with a little salt thrown in for good measure is one of life’s little culinary wonders.

I decided to tackle making turtle brownies for our first official post on the new Table 1095 because one thing Rachel and I have noticed in the three years we’ve been blogging together: Our readers like desserts. (Oh, and so do we :) )

Anyway, these brownies are dangerous. Make them when your sweet tooth needs some serious loving. You won’t be sorry. Image

I’ll give you the recipe in a moment, but first we hope you like our new format and our new name. While we loved Life Told in Recipes, we wanted to branch out a bit in this blog. We also needed a different platform because, sorry Blogger, but WordPress is more versatile. So it made sense to do the switcheroo all at once.

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Turtle Brownies

ingredients–for the batter

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate

1/2 cup flour

14 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1/4 cup half-and-half or milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

ingredients–for the topping

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans


Heat the oven to 375. Spread the pecans out on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are toasty brown. Don’t over-brown.

In a saucepan melt the chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally.  Let cool

Line an 8X8 baking pan with parchment paper. This really makes getting these brownies out and cutting them much easier at the end.

In a mixing bowl mix the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. I used a hand mixer. Add the slightly cooled chocolate mixture, half-and-half or milk and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.

Pour batter into the pan and bake for 25-30 or until your folk or toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.

When the brownies are cool, make the topping by bringing the sugar and water to a boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Then stop stirring and let cook, swirling the pan occasionally, until it is a golden color. Take it off the heat and add the cream, vanilla and salt. Stir until smooth and then add the pecans. Stir until the caramel begins to cool. Then pour over the brownies and refrigerate for about an hour.

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2 Comments on “Turtle Time”

  1. liaboyd says:

    Hooray for Turtle Brownies and Table1095! :)

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