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I made Alton Brown's Cocoa Brownies last night. (I was bored.) I've never made brownies from scratch before, always from a box. I may never make boxed brownies again.

darkwolfie's reaction was awesome. He said, "I want you to make these brownies every day for the rest of your life!" They really did come out awesome -- fudgy without being rawish, the way box brownies sometimes are. The surface doesn't have that shiny surface like box brownies (actually, it looks very much like a cake), but they're OMFG good.

I'm going to try the recipe again, mostly changing the eggs -- I had jumbo eggs in the fridge, and the recipe calls for large, so there may be more egg in these brownies than is actually called for. I might try a 9x9 pan instead of the 8x8 called for, too. They were a little thicker than I'm used to.

Overall, a total success, I must say. Num.

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chite From: chite Date: February 12th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC) (base camp)
Now I want to make them. We actually just watched Art of Darkness I and II, and we have III taped and ready to watch :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 12th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC) (base camp)
They're AWESOME. I think I also overbeat mine, but they taste good anyway.
prettydark From: prettydark Date: February 12th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC) (base camp)
Those are so good. I also found the suggested pan size to be a bit too small.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 12th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC) (base camp)
I did get a little nervous that they might overflow, but luckily they didn't. I usually use foil pans, but thy're not available in 9x9, I don't think. Might be worth buying a pan for, though.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: February 14th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC) (base camp)
If memory serves, extra egg does tend to make brownies more cake-like, so that change might be significant for next time.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: February 14th, 2007 09:41 am (UTC) (base camp)


my usual brownie recipe is the "one bowl" version off the Baker's unsweetened chocolate package. Without nuts, but with added chocolate chips.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 14th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: p.s.

I'll have to take a look. I had to work with what I had in the house, because it was like 10pm when I decided to bake, and that meant cocoa. :-)
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: February 14th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: p.s.

I have much swanker brownies I've done, but for good all-purpose brownies, I keep going back to that version.

Another thing I like doing with brownies is making the pseudo-buttercream off of the powdered sugar package, flavored with peppermint extract. Then you chill it, melt a square or two of unsweetened chocolate with a little butter and put that over the mint frosting (to cut the sweetness). It's like thin mint cookie in brownie form. *swoon*
tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 14th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: p.s.

My grandfather used to make brownies with creme de menthe icing and a hard chocolate coating. He sent me one brownie with a tea bag when I was I the second semester of my freshman year at college, for a study break. He was such an awesome guy.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: February 14th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: p.s.

Aww, that's adorable.

I always thought the chocolate-topped mint-frosting brownie was something everyone did, but I've been surprised by a number of people who haven't had it before. The biggest problem I have with it is waiting for the brownies to cool enough, because if they're still warm at all when you frost 'em you get a righteous (but tasty!) mess.
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