Sometimes when you have a rough day, a good piece of pie is just the thing to turn your spirits around. Sometimes a week is so tough, you need a second piece. And during an unfortunate sometimes, a summer is so tough that you need an entire pie with all your favorite flavors and a side of rosé. Or bourbon. Or both. And of course, a great ladypal to share it with.
I can't promise you this pie will solve all your problems, but I can promise you that making this complicated food monster will distract you and later give you an excellent sugar high. You'll start with a salty sweet pretzel crust, fill it with double fudge brownie, then top the whole thing with a whole, yes, whole, jar of marshmallow fluff to toast. No pity party dessert would be complete without some booze, so break out the bourbon and sugar for a caramel sauce and you're done.
The good news about this pie is that, while it's got a lot of layers, most of them are quite simple to put together. This pie is not pretentious — it's a mostly store-bought hybrid mess made for quick satisfaction rather than fancy times. This is a pity party! So don't apologize for buying boxed brownie mix. It's not the time to impress anyone. It's time for sweatpants and wine.
- 3 1/2 cups mini pretzels
- 1 stick melted butter
- 1/3 packed brown sugar
- Double fudge brownie mix (for 8x8 inch pan) plus ingredients on the box to make the mix (eggs, water, oil, etc.)
- 1 jar marshmallow fluff
FOR THE BOURBON CARAMEL SAUCE
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 Tablespoon bourbon
- pinch of salt
Find the instructions for the caramel sauce at The Minimalist Baker.
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Crush pretzels in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, leaving some pieces whole (in other words, don't create pretzel flour).
- Combine the pretzels, melted butter and sugar in a bowl.
- Press the mixture into the bottom of pie plate. Bake for 8-10 minutes until set.
- Follow instructions on brownie mix to create batter. Pour into pie crust.
- Bake at 350 degrees. Use the baking length printed on the box as a guide, but you will likely have to bake the pie longer than they recommend — my box recommended 35-40 minutes and I had to baked mine for about 50 minutes until a knife came out clean.
- Top cooled brownie pie with jar of marshmallow fluff.
- If you have a kitchen torch, please write to me personally so we can be BFFs. If you're in that camp, you can toast pretty patterns on top of your pie with total control. If you're not, pop your pie in the broiler for 30 seconds at a time — watch it closely because it will toast very quickly!
- Lastly, follow The Minimalist Baker's instructions for some really delicious bourbon carmel sauce to plate this pie.
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