Does Flour Tossed with Nuts or Chocolate Chips REALLY keep them from sinking when baking?
- Funwithfood May 7, 2007 11:44 AM
Does tossing a bit flour with nuts or chocolate chips REALLY keep them from sinking to the bottom...when baking brownies for example? TIA :)
P.S. Ina Garten recommends this step.
I've baked cakes etc both ways & have not noticed a difference. And invariably some of the nuts still have flour on them when you cut the cooked cake, making the result not as nice.
I've made Ina Garten's "Outrageous Brownies" dozens of times. When I forget the "toss with flour" step, I've never noticed a difference but try to do it when I remember. My grandmother's Irish fruitcake recipe has the identical directions and I remember about half the time. In each instance, I have never found the included chocolate bits, fruit or nuts to be huddled at the bottom. They're always evenly distributed throughout.
I have found that when I omit the nuts, I have almost zero spillover from my half sheet pan. With nuts included, I must bake a small separate pan of brownies OR clean the oven.
Wonder if this is along the same lines as the old brisket recipe that begins with "cut off two inches from the bottom" because somebody's great-grandmother or great aunt so-and-so's pan was a small size and couldn't accomodate the whole brisket.