Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Baking with Julia ~TWD ~ Best Ever Brownies



A  luscious, chocolaty brownie
Brownies and I go way back. I was a young bride when I found my husband raving over brownies my neighbor had made. What??? I can make better tasting brownies than that @#$%&!! So began my quest to make the most delicious brownies ever made. After several failures and eventual success, my husband figured out what I was doing ( a new batch of brownies every week for a month ) and finally he told me what I was waiting to hear...“These are the best Brownies I’ve ever had”.  After that I lost my interest in brownies until my kids were of school age!  Brownies were the treat of choice! My favorite recipe back then was on the box of Bakers Chocolate! 

Fast forward to todays Baking with Julia~TWD project. The recipe comes from Rick Katz. I thought of skipping this one. Don’t get me wrong; I love brownies! I am addicted to the luscious, chocolatey dense flavor of a great brownie!  So, the Best-Ever Brownie is a lot of temptation to have hanging around the house!  Especially, the week before Thanksgiving!  So this week, for Tuesdays with Dorie,  I reluctantly made the Best-Ever Brownies.  Were they the Best Ever? They were pretty darn good! I thought I was making them according to the directions.  However, I didn’t read the recipe through.  I didn’t beat the eggs and sugar till thick, pale and doubled in volume, and it never got folded into the chocolate mixture.  Actually, I thought I might have ruined them but, after mixing all the ingredients, I wasn’t about to start over.  Having made brownies many times in the past, I know that most brownies are made from a one bowl batter. No beating eggs separately!  I thought they would probably be fine; at least I hoped for that.  Well, they were way better than fine! They were delicious, chocolatey and everything a good brownie should be!  The proof is, my hubby and I can’t walk by the container that holds the brownies, without sneaking a tiny taste. And that is why I wanted to skip this week!

These really were quite easy to make, whether you make them as directed or, as I did! I intended to freeze most of them however, they’re disappearing very fast!

Check out Baking with Julia to see how others did!  Our host this week is Monica of  A Beautiful Mess. You can find the recipe on her blog. 

Happy Tuesday everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

These came out great…moist, chewy and perfect

Chewy and decadent 





30 comments:

  1. Well Kathy, we baked the same one bowl brownies. Mine came out so perfectly fudgy and with the most incredible flavor that I don´t think I will ever know how they were supposed to be. I´m so happy with this recipe. Have a great week!

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  2. Wow, have been seeing these delicious brownies today! I just got to get that book from my shelf and start baking something from it, especially these decadent brownies! Yummy!

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  3. Kathy, your "Best-Ever Brownies" look fabulous - deep, dark, rich chocolaty color with the perfect crumb! I am not surprised that you frooze some of them for the upcoming holidays!

    May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. Good for you for taking up the brownie challenge as a young bride, Kathy. :) It looks like your brownies turned out great and I like that they are more cake like. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  5. I am in awe of those beautifully fresh brownies

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  6. I'm kinda wishing I'd just gone the "one-bowl" route - I'm not sure dirtying three bowls, a saucepan, a whisk, a spoon, AND the hand-mixer was worth it! Especially if there was a possibility my brownies came out as beautiful as yours! Very tasty-looking!

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  7. Kathy, your brownies turned out beautifully! After tasting these brownies, I quickly froze mine ~ they are just too tempting!

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  8. Love the crackly tops and fudgy centers on yours! :)

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  9. Great looking brownies! I think that this recipe is quite similar to the one on the Bakers chocolate box. Loved your young bride brownie story :)

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  10. It's good to know that these still come out fudgy with simplified steps. Your brownies look delicious! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Kathy!

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  11. I get very indignant with The Dude if he prefers something else that someone else made :-) I think he just says stuff like that so that I will make some crazy thing he wants...
    Your brownies look great & I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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  12. Great job! Your brownies look delicious:) Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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  13. Yes, they do look delicious..........and addictive. I'd stick them in the freezer as fast as you can. I had to skip this week for the very reasons that you suggested - with just "one mouth" to "stuff" around here - I'm finding that I am doing just that. You don't even want to know how much mousse I polished off last week! You all make the brownies seem wonderfully tasty so I will try them also after the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Kathy. It's been a bumpy Fall for you, hasn't it?

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  14. Love the story with your husband! I get so worked up when someone says they love a baked good that I know I could do better! These brownies look awesome

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  15. These brownies look simply decadent! So moist, I wish I could have some...

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  16. What moist fudgy pieces of deliciousness :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  17. Truly, what would the world do without brownies!

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  18. Lovely, Kathy!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  19. Your brownies look delicious. No wonder they disappeared so quickly! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  20. I hate messing up more than one bowl, so I'm delighted to see these come out just fine without the added step! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Kathy!!! xo

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  21. Yours look great! Very moist- mine are in freezer waiting for some unsuspecting victims.

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  22. Brownies have always been a favorite of mine whether homemade, store-bought or boxed - always hard to pass up! Your brownies look great!

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  23. I like an easy-one bowl- brownie recipe- and these look good using your streamlined method!!!
    Kathy, you crack me up ;-) I bet you've turned out a few batches of over the top amazing delicious brownies;-0
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day;-)

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  24. I wouldn't worry, your brownies look beautiful. All recipes can do with a little experimentation, after all, that is how new and often simpler ones get developed.

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  25. Same mistake here. Isn't it great when it still works out. They look perfect!

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  26. Haha that's funny you almost skipped! I can see why :)

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  27. Kathy, you are so right...your brownies are moist, delicious, and perfect! I've been baking brownies for years, and years, and just stick to the same basic recipe!
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your amazing family, and friends:)

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  28. You are too funny...love the story you mention in the first paragraph. The brownies look thick and yummy...I've yet to make them. I'm tempted to try your 'one bowl method'...

    Carmen

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  29. Wonderful photos, Kathy!

    I had to laugh at your story. My husband's ex-wife didn't cook at all, but she made pies which are not my forte. So, everytime I make a pie, I get anxious about making it just right. Finally, I confessed this to my husband when I baked a Dutch Apple Pie, and he said, "Oh, your pies are so much better than hers were." Really?!? That would have been nice to know sooner. The things we women put ourselves through!

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  30. LOL - true - these were a lot of temptation to have in the house pre- Thanksgiving. Glad you took one for the team and made them anyway - they look delish.

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