Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Brownies for Julia -- Tuesdays with Dorie


The treat of the week for TWD? Brownies! Specifically Rick Katz’s Brownies for Julia, picked for us to try by Tanya of Chocolatechic, thank you Tanya! Be sure to check out her blog for the recipe and lots of other reasons to smile.


I loved the little back story about Rick Katz in the preface to the recipe, and was really excited to try his brownie technique, which requires some whipping of the eggs and sugar to equal some extra decadent ooey gooey brownies.


Lots of talk on the P&Q about adding extra time, using a different pan size, etc. I was planning to follow the recipe exactly, intrigued at Dorie's suggestion to use a 9 by 9 glass Pyrex baking dish for these instead of the metal pan lined with tin foil that I'm used to for brownies. I got out my one small square glass baking dish (seems like I have at least ten rectangular glass dishes, but only one square) and read the measurements on the bottom -- 8 by 8! I was nervous when I saw the amount of brownie batter than was I thought I might get away with in my pan that was a size smaller than called for, so I made a last minute decision to get out a 9 by 13 glass dish. I figured I'd end up with thinner brownies but would not run the risk of overflow while baking.


I checked the brownies at 25 minutes, minimum baking time suggested, added the additional 3 minutes taking us up to 28, check again, and they still looked underdone. I added another five minutes, bringing us to 33 (if I can still add correctly :) ) and I figured I'd pull them since they *should* be done at this point. After cooling for only ten minutes or so I spooned out a little corner piece and wow, what an intense chocolate flavor. My first thought was, this is brownie pudding cake! They did firm up a bit after cooling for an hour or so, I cut one for the kids and added a little whipped cream and sprinkles, they loved these! My four year old said these were the best brownies ever. The rest are sitting in the refrigerator uncut, but I'm thinking these are best served warmed up and with some whipped cream (or ice cream) and a spoon...mmm, brownie bowl!

10 comments:

Pamela said...

I used a 9x9 pan and mine were super runny after the 25 minute bake time. I had to re-bake them, but they were still so good.

Nina said...

Your brownies look delicious! Nicely done--love the whipped cream on top! I added more flour after reading the P&Q, which worked great! These were a real hit!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Yum! So glad the kids love them. xo

Flourchild said...

YOurs look great! We did have the same idea with the whipped topping and sprinkles. I would have loved one warm with ice cold vanilla ice cream, but we didn't have any!

Lauryn said...

yum!! They look sooo delicious! So glad the kids enjoyed them! These were definitely very chocolatey!

CB said...

Everything tastes better with sprinkles! Now you've got me craving brownies+whipped cream+sprinkles.

Megan said...

Chocolate pudding cake? A perfect description! I loved these too - so chocolatey and delicious!

Sweet and Savory said...

I love the whipped cream on top. Makes it a bit royal.

natalia said...

Ciao ! Mine look the opposite ! Now I wonder.... Yours is delicious !

Susan said...

Love the whipped cream with the sprinkles. Pass me a spoon!

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