For the 3rd week in a row, our Tuesdays with Dorie selection is chocolate. This time Tanya of Chocolatechic chose Rick Katz’s Brownies for Julia on page 91. I don't know about you but I am almost chocolate'd out.
My experience with homemade brownies has been somewhat hit or miss. Sometimes they are pretty good but fall short of that gooey fudgey goodness that you get with a (gasp!) boxed brownie mix. Other times the end up being more cake like and not very exciting. I like my brownies fudge like and if I'm going to make a cake like brownies...I might as well be making a chocolate cake.
Based on the comments that these got, I knew they were going to fall into the fudge like category. The only problem seemed to be the cooking time. Most cooked for more than the 25 minutes that Dorie suggests. My brownies pretty much followed the experiences of the other bakers. I had halved the batch and baked them in a small rectangular Pyrex dish. I started checking the brownies at about 20 minutes but they were no where near done. So I kept checking at 5 minutes intervals. Finally at 45 minutes in I took them out because the edges were just slightly starting to get dark. The middle had also sunk quite a bit compared to the puffed up edges.
The middle was still really gooey. There is fudgey gooey brownie middles and then there is just plain not done. I was worried that I had taken them out too early. But if I had left them in much longer I would have had burned edges. And burned brownies are worse than under baked in my opinion.
I left them to cool for a while. When I came back I was very pleased to find that the super gooey center has firmed up somewhat. Almost to perfect gooey fudge like brownie consistency. The outside was nice and crunchy. Reheated slightly and the brownies were as close to perfect as you could get. A nice scoop of vanilla ice cream would have been wonderful.
The brownie fell apart on the way from the pan to the plate. It's okay. I ate it anyway.
Out of all of the homemade brownies I've tried, these came the closest to the flavor and consistency I like in the boxed mix. Honestly, I think they were even better than that mix. I will definitely be making these over again. And over and over and over...
Thanks to Tanya for choosing this week's recipe! To see more brownies, check out the TWD blogroll. You can find this recipe on at Chocolatechic or on page 91 of Baking.