Monday, November 19, 2012

TWD/BWJ Best Ever Brownies


I feel that I am somewhat of an expert on the subject of brownies. I have been making them for about 50 years! I tend to enjoy more of the 'cakey' variety of brownies so I was a bit concerned when I read that this recipe was 'chewy' and if I liked 'cakey' brownies to just move on. Well I couldn't move on, this was the recipe and I trust Julia so I approached this recipe with an open mind. 
 They brownies came together quickly. I did spray my pan--I used a nine inch stoneware pan as the recipe suggested. The batter was smooth and chocolaty. I cooked the recipe for about 7 minutes longer than the recipe stated. I did sprinkle chopped pecans on top of half of the pan, I love pecans. I chilled the brownies and tried to cut them with a sharp very clean knife. The top cracked--not the most beautiful brownie, but I decided I kind of liked the look.
Now for the taste, absolutely delicious. The brownies were perfect--chewy but not gooey. I think I just might have a new favorite brownie recipe. Thanks Julia once again you have broadened my brownie horizons.
Check A Beautiful Mess for the complete recipe. You really will want to make these.

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23 comments:

Cakelaw said...

I think pecans would be perfect on these.

Cheese with Noodles said...

Yours came out looking really, really yummy! I'm glad you liked them even though they aren't cakey.

thursdayswithgranny said...

Your brownies are stunning!! Mmm!

I was also unsure about this recipe, but it blew me away. It's so nice when that happens.

Cher Rockwell said...

Brownie success :-)
Every self respecting brownie deserves pecans... Just sayin'

Julia said...

I thought these were good as well. I like the addition of pecans.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Cindy, your Bset-Ever Brownies look so dark and chocolaty and delicious and I do love pecans in my brownies too but they are somewhat hard to find around here!

Have Apron....Will Bake said...

I prefer cakey brownies too. I liked the flavour of these ones, but still found them too gooey. Great idea to add nuts. That definitely takes them up a notch!

smarkies said...

I loved cracked tops on brownies. The flavour was good but a bit too gooey for me.

Sara said...

I really like the way yours cracked on top! It has the promise of a bit of a crunch to go with that inner chewiness. Nice job!

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Love those crackly tops, Cindy! So glad you found your 'best-ever' recipe! :)

Monica said...

Your photos are gorgeous! Brownies are so hard to photograph, but you did a great job! Weren't these fantastic?

Danelle M said...

I'm a chewy brownie person, so I'll definitely want to try these!

Lizzy Do said...

These were good, weren't they? I was going to suggest chilling the brownies, but I see you did that! I also use a hot knife...maybe that would have helped. Have a great Thanksgiving, Cindy!!! xo

Catherine said...

You ARE a brownie expert! I have been alive for 56 years but not making brownies quite that long! ha! ha! Great job! Happy TG, Blessings, Catherine www.praycookblog.com

Katrina said...

Craggy topped brownies are great! That comes from whipping the eggs. Seems like they are better the next day here.
Your brownies look great!

Inge and Gillian said...

After reading the recipe, we definitely expected our brownies to turn out much more like yours - fudgey with a slightly cracked top, instead of more cake-like. However, nobody here is complaining. We loved them. Nice post.

Cathleen said...

I think the cracked top is great!It will make for a nice texture contrast to the chewy middle. Glad these turned out for you!

sanyaliving.com said...

I love your brownies! Cracked crusts and all!
Mine were the same, didn't look the best in photos but my goodness they were delicious!

Gretchen Noelle @ Provecho Peru said...

Wow! The tops of yours really did get a candy crust. They look scrumptions!!

TeaLady said...

These were good weren't they. They are my go to now. I like the cracked top!

Gloria - The Ginger Snap Girl said...

Looks like another brownie I need to try! I absolutely love the crackly tops. I wish I had one of these babies right about now!

Annmarie Pipa said...

they look PERFECT!

Guyla said...

Your brownies look good enough to lure me back into Baking with Julia!