According to dictionary.com, the definition of decadence is:
dec·a·dence [dek-uh-duhns, di-keyd-ns] Pronunciation Key - noun
1. the act or process of falling into an inferior condition or state; deterioration; decay: Some historians hold that the fall of Rome can be attributed to internal decadence.
2. moral degeneration or decay; turpitude.
3. unrestrained or excessive self-indulgence.
Excessive self-indulgence is right!
If you are attending a holiday party and have volunteered to bring a dessert item, you must try this:
(serves 8-10) 1 tbsp. butter, plus 6 tbsp. melted butter, plus 5 tbsp, melted butter 1 package (7oz.) shortbread cookies 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup sugar 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup dark corn syrup 3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped 1 cup pecan halves Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9" pie plate with 1 tablespoon butter. Place the shortbread cookies in a food processor, and pulse until they are fine crumbs. Add 6 tablespoons melted butter, and pulse a few times to combine. Transfer mixture to the pie plate, and press firmly and evenly to form a crust. Place the plate in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, salt, corn syrup, chocolate, 5 tablespoons melted butter and pecans; stir until the mixture is fairly uniform. Take the pie plate out of the freezer, and place on a baking sheet. Pour the chocolate mixture into the pie plate, and put in the oven. Bake for 55 minutes, remove and let cool completely before serving.
Thank you, domino magazine, for the incredible dessert recipe. I made it for Thanksgiving as well as a recent Christmas luncheon at church. Both times, people raved about how delicious and decadent the pie was.