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Decadent Caramel-Pecan Dessert


Chocolaty, gooey, nutty, and all things sweet — we couldn’t get enough of this. My kids kept “checking” to see if the flavor was right, if it had enough caramel, etc., so “Mommy’s recipe should be good!” Note that although this recipe has a few steps, each one is really simple, plus it yields a large sheet pan that can serve your entire Purim seudah crowd.


Prepare the Crust

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the margarine or oil, sugar, vanilla, and eggs; lower speed and add cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt, beating until well combined.
3. Spread batter onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Spread caramel cream over the cooled crust and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of chopped nuts. Place in freezer.

Prepare the Ice Cream

1. Combine all ingredients, except for the pecans, beating together until the mixture thickens and reaches a creamy consistency.
2. Pour in the ground nuts and beat a few seconds longer, until nuts are fully incorporated into the mixture.
3. Spread ice cream over the caramel and pecan layer and return the pan to the freezer.

Prepare the Ganache

1. Place chopped chocolate into a small bowl.
2. Heat pareve whipping cream in a small pot. Once it reaches a simmer, pour it over the chocolate in the bowl. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes without stirring so the chocolate melts. Stir mixture until it begins to thicken and achieve a shiny appearance.
3. Add vanilla and stir to incorporate.
4. Pour ganache over ice cream and drizzle with a few tablespoonfuls of caramel cream. (I squeezed the cream through a piping bag and it drizzled beautifully.)
5. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup chopped pecans and return to freezer until ready to serve.


Photography and Styling by Hudi Greenberger