This Valentine’s Day, don’t stress about restaurant reservations, store-bought chocolates or huge bouquets of roses. Experts forecast romantics will spend an average of $125 this year on Valentine’s Day, a 5.8% increase from last year.*Keep in mind that a home-cooked dinner and decadent desert can be just as romantic as a four star meal. After you’ve decided on the perfect dinner recipe, consider baking a unique treat for your special someone.
Below is an original recipe for PRINGLES Brownies, created by professional Chef Kyle Shadix. The irresistible blend of sweet and savory is not only one of the popular dessert trends of 2011**, but will be a great finish to a romantic night in.
- 6 ounces baking chocolate, unsweetened
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1-6.41 ounce can of Original PRINGLES, regular or 1-5.71 ounce can of Original Reduced Fat PRINGLES, regular
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
- Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Line 13×9-inch baking pan with foil, and spray foil with cooking spray.
3. In a glass bowl, microwave chocolate and butter on high for 2 minutes. Stir until chocolate melts.
4. In a stainless steel bowl, mix sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well mixed.
5. Pour in butter chocolate mixture and mix well.
6. Empty PRINGLES and flour into a food processor, and puree until very fine.
7. Empty flour mixture into chocolate mixture and mix well; add nuts to distribute.
8. Bake for 30 minutes, and cool.
For an inexpensive and delicious gift, cut the brownies into heart shapes, place them back in the emptied and cleaned Pringles can, then wrap with Valentine’s paper and tie with a bow.