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jcattles Oct 26, 2008 05:24 PM

DH is craving brownies. Let's just say mine leave alot to be disired. Oh and if they're for high altitude, even better. (I live 7200 ft above sea level) Thanks!

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  1. Chocolatechipkt RE: jcattles Oct 26, 2008 07:29 PM

    Hey there, I'm not sure what type of brownies you're looking for, but I've posted a bunch of recipes that I've tried (and liked) on my blog. Hope this helps. :)

    http://areyouhungryyet.blogspot.com/s...

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      firecooked RE: Chocolatechipkt Oct 26, 2008 08:55 PM

      What a great blog... have added to my google reader list... yum!

      Here is one more recipe. I've made so many times I almost have it memorized:
      http://blog.firecooked.com/2008/02/04...

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        Chocolatechipkt RE: firecooked Oct 27, 2008 05:34 AM

        Thanks!

        Off to check out your blog now ... :)

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        chowser RE: Chocolatechipkt Oct 27, 2008 09:15 AM

        I think I gained about 5 pounds just reading your blog. Those all look so wonderfully decadent. Thanks!

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          midtownDiner123 RE: Chocolatechipkt Nov 5, 2008 02:59 PM

          how did the fine cooking ones work out for you? i prefer a fudgy brownie.

          and slightly off-topic - how did you like the ci macaroons?

          great round-up. off to browse your archives!

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            Chocolatechipkt RE: midtownDiner123 Nov 6, 2008 06:34 AM

            The CI macaroons are great! They've even converted non-macaroon people, as they're not overly sweet, the way some can be. They are a pain to make (tons of little pyramids), but that'd be the case with any macaroon, I think. :)

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          cheesecake17 RE: jcattles Oct 26, 2008 08:08 PM

          Ina Garten aka Barefoot Contessa has the BEST recipe for brownies. One recipe makes an entire cookie sheet of brownies, so I usually split the recipe. I've added things to it- walnuts, dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, crushed Heath bars- and it always comes out delicious. Just Google the recipe.

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            Chocolatechipkt RE: cheesecake17 Oct 27, 2008 05:33 AM

            I make a half-recipe of the BC brownies too.

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              Funwithfood RE: cheesecake17 Nov 5, 2008 12:04 PM

              Yes!

              I double the recipe and freeze the rest. Cut in 1/2" squares, as they are very rich!

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                cheesecake17 RE: Funwithfood Nov 5, 2008 02:33 PM

                I was thinking to cut the brownies into big squares (3" maybe)- like the kind you get from a deli or bakery. Is three or four too many to give to one person?

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                  Funwithfood RE: cheesecake17 Nov 5, 2008 06:10 PM

                  They are so rich, I've served them in tiny 1/3" bites, which was nice. If you cut them too large, people might not finish them (a tragic waste!). Better to keep them coming back for seconds!

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                    cheesecake17 RE: Funwithfood Nov 7, 2008 08:50 AM

                    I thought a few large squares would look pretty in a cellophane bag as a gift. I wasn't planning on putting them out in the office kitchen... wouldn't waste such expensive ingredients on just everyone!

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                      goodhealthgourmet RE: cheesecake17 Nov 8, 2008 06:06 PM

                      those cellophane bags come in all different sizes. use the narrower tall ones, cut the brownies into little bites, and stack more pieces [anywhere from 6-10 depending on thickness] into each bag.

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                        cheesecake17 RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 9, 2008 05:34 PM

                        Thanks, I'll try that. I'm probably giving brownies to about 20 people.. do you think I should make two recipes or three?

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                          goodhealthgourmet RE: cheesecake17 Nov 10, 2008 07:37 AM

                          hmmm...well, i've never made Ina's recipe, but i guess it really depends how small you cut them. the recipe clams to make "20 large" brownies, which, by my calculations, would be sightly larger than 2"x 2" each, assuming you use the suggested 13 x 8 pan. so if you cut them into 1-inch squares instead, you'll get 40 pieces out of each batch. 3 batches would yield 120 pieces, which works out to a half-dozen per bag for 20 people, and each additional batch will give you another 2 pieces per bag [e.g. 4 batches would give you 8 per bag].

                          so i'd suggest 3 or 4 batches, to yield 6-8 1-inch squares per bag.

                          hope that helps!

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                geminigirl RE: cheesecake17 Nov 6, 2008 03:57 AM

                agree, these are great, and they last quite a while in the refrigerator...

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                  MrsT RE: cheesecake17 Nov 14, 2008 05:30 AM

                  I was actually going to make that yesterday, but my local store ran out of unsweetened chocolate. I'll probably be making them tonight. They're on the Food Network's website.

                  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

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                  ErikaZ RE: jcattles Oct 26, 2008 08:38 PM

                  Make the one-bowl brownies on the Baker's baking chocolate box. I make it with 6 bittersweet and 2 unsweetened squares, and add chocolate chips to the batter. I like frosting on brownies so I usually melt chocolate chips on top when they are just out of the oven. They melt. Just smooth them.

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                    coll RE: ErikaZ Oct 27, 2008 02:00 AM

                    I second Bakers recipe, subbing a fancier chocolate. Probably because that's the recipe my Mom used, but that's my favorite.

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                      valerie RE: coll Oct 27, 2008 09:39 AM

                      Another vote for Baker's one-bowl brownies.

                  2. jill kibler RE: jcattles Oct 26, 2008 08:59 PM

                    I use this recipe. I have doubled it with no peoblem, as well. The only modification I use is that I put all of the milk chocolate and the butter into a heat proof bowl and set it in the oven as it preheates. It melt in about 5 minutes and then I proceed as directed.

                    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                    peace, jill

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                      paprkutr RE: jcattles Oct 26, 2008 09:27 PM

                      Don't laugh Trader Joe's truffle brownie mix with choc chips is great. I add more chips and everyone loves it. I also love Ina's but it has about three pounds of chocolate in it.

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                        coll RE: paprkutr Oct 27, 2008 02:01 AM

                        This is my brownie recipe right now, Trader Joes Truffle Brownie Mix with a spoonful of Kahlua and instant espresso powder added in.

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                          Querencia RE: coll Nov 6, 2008 07:37 PM

                          I have abandoned all my scratch brownie recipes for Trader Joe's Truffle Brownie Mix, which lily I gild with the following FUDGE GLAZE---In a saucepan put 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup butter. Bring to boil and boil for 1 minute by the clock, while stirring. Remove from burner. Dump in 1 cup chocolate chips. Stir until they melt. Pour over the brownies after you take them out of the oven. The fudgey stuff will set up as everything cools. Also I add nuts to the brownie mix.

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                          jencounter RE: paprkutr Oct 27, 2008 07:53 AM

                          Agreed! That box mix makes some of the best brownies I've ever had. Course, anything with a stick of butter *has* to be good, right?

                          (Here's hoping they don't decide to discontinue these)

                        3. Antilope RE: jcattles Oct 27, 2008 04:47 AM

                          I think that Ghirardelli Award Winning Brownies are one of the best:

                          Ghirardelli Award Winning Brownies
                          http://groups.google.com/group/rec.fo...

                          The recipe is also on their cocoa can.

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                            gordeaux RE: jcattles Oct 27, 2008 07:37 AM

                            a sneaky good trick:
                            Buy your favorite brand of box brownie mix.
                            make the batter as directed.
                            note the consistency of the batter.
                            add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder. - the real stuff - no sugar.
                            Add 1/4 cup of chocolate syrup and mix it in. add more syrup as needed to get back to consistency of the original batter.
                            Bake them off.
                            These are pretty good for the ease of making.
                            I gave this to my Mom, and "her" brownies are legendary throughout the town. And this ain't no small town.

                            1. chowser RE: jcattles Oct 27, 2008 09:13 AM

                              What type of brownies does your husband like? Fudgey, cakey, thick, thin? If he likes thick fudgey brownies, I like Mancatcher brownies:

                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/370281

                              If he likes chewier ones, the supernatural brownies are great:

                              http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/11/din...

                              For more adult taste, strong bittersweet brownies, chow's brownies are perfect:

                              http://www.chow.com/recipes/10451

                              For those, instead of a teaspoon brewed espresso (which doesn't seem to add much), I use a tsp finely ground espresso powder.

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                                jo_mama RE: jcattles Oct 27, 2008 11:21 AM

                                This is one of my favorite brownie recipes: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

                                Also, my favorite new tweak to brownies is to add approx one tablespoon of cardamom to the batter and finish the brownies (after baking) with chopped pistachios.

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                                  cleopatra999 RE: jo_mama Oct 27, 2008 12:06 PM

                                  I like really fudgy brownies, no cake here please.

                                  these are fantastic...

                                  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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                                    chowser RE: jo_mama Oct 27, 2008 01:59 PM

                                    That looks really interesting. I wonder if I can use regular sugar instead of the agave nectar. I'm guessing it would change the consistency, though, and I'd have to play w/ the liquids.

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                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: chowser Nov 8, 2008 06:23 PM

                                      chowser, if you want to use sugar instead of agave, for that articular recipe:

                                      - increase the total liquid in the recipe by 1/3
                                      - use 1-3/4 cups plus 2 Tablespoons of sugar [agave is about 25% sweeter than sugar so you need to use 25% more]
                                      - increase oven temp to 350 and check after 25-30 minutes.

                                  2. BeefeaterRocks RE: jcattles Oct 27, 2008 02:27 PM

                                    I use the recipe on the back of Hershey's Cocoa. I use special dark cocoa instead of regular, reduce the sugar by 1/2 cup and bake approx. 25 minutes. MR.BR is addicted.

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                                      jcattles RE: jcattles Nov 5, 2008 11:02 AM

                                      A big thanks you to everyone. I ended up making Ina's recipe. They were so good. Just calling for a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. I like a cakier (is that a word? lol), but these were relly good. I might try adding more flour next time to firm it up. I got a definite do again from the family!

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                                        beanie1 RE: jcattles Nov 5, 2008 11:59 AM

                                        The "Baked Brownies" from tne new "Baked" cookbook (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1584797215/?...
                                        )are truly amazing. Deep, dark, fudgy.

                                        I think they are the best I've ever made, knocking Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownies out of their long-standing top spot. Based on feedback from everyone in my office who tried them, it was unanimous.

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                                          Brad2 RE: jcattles Nov 6, 2008 08:51 PM

                                          Can't help you with the recipe but if you like the brownie edges, google "edge brownie pan". I bought one about a year ago and it gives you multiple edges on every brownie. My favorite part.

                                          1. sweet ginger RE: jcattles Nov 7, 2008 07:06 PM

                                            My favorite recipes have been Ina's Outrageous Brownies and CI's triple chocolate brownies (let me know if you're interested in the CI recipe- I've had it awhile and don't know if it's online). I recently tried Bouchon's recipe after having their brownies at ad hoc in Yountville. They're not too sweet, super dark, and really moist- and just as easy as a regular brownie recipe.

                                            http://canitasteitnow.blogspot.com/20...

                                            Chocolatechipkt- I will certainly be trying out your awesome looking recipes next!

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                                              somervilleoldtimer RE: jcattles Nov 10, 2008 08:19 AM

                                              I tried a million recipes, but what I do now is: Buy 2 boxes of Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie mix, make the batter and add lots of vanilla, bake in a 13 X 9 pan, making sure I don't overbake. Compliments every time!

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                                                applerochez RE: somervilleoldtimer Nov 14, 2008 05:24 AM

                                                i've made every brownie recipe under the sun--including ina's. for me (we like gooey brownies), the one that wins every time is the betty crocker dark chocolate brownie mix, to which i add a tsp or two of instant espresso (a tip i learned from ina) and a half cup of dark semi sweet, higher quality chocolate chips. i've seen people pass out after one bite!

                                                for an old-school vibe, i'll sometimes swirl york peppermint patties on top when the brownies are hot (learned this one from my mom). sometimes i'll add chili powder for a little kick.

                                              2. buttertart RE: jcattles Nov 11, 2008 08:48 AM

                                                Nick Malgieri's Supernatural Brownies - and don't skip the resting step. By far the best I've tried.
                                                http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/11/din...

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                                                  petitgateau RE: buttertart Nov 11, 2008 07:33 PM

                                                  Ina Garten's outrageous brownies are the best I've ever had.

                                                2. BetteHepburn RE: jcattles Nov 13, 2008 11:42 PM

                                                  You have many excellent recipes here. I'd like to just add my sister's toppers - I call them
                                                  Chrissy Brownies. When the brownies are hot from the oven cover them with chocolate.
                                                  May be iin many forms - semi-sweet chocolate chips are the easiest. When cool frost them.
                                                  Sounds like way too much chocolate huh? Not so; they are delicious. She cuts them into
                                                  small squares and freezes them. Throwing some fresh raspberries isn't bad either.

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                                                    BetteHepburn RE: BetteHepburn Nov 13, 2008 11:58 PM

                                                    Well, perhaps posting late at night isn't such a good idea after all. Obviously throwing
                                                    fresh raspberries would be wasteful and just plain silly. Putting them on the brownies
                                                    would be yummy. Good night!

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                                                      joannabar RE: BetteHepburn Nov 14, 2008 09:05 PM

                                                      I love Nick Malgieri's supernatural brownies, but he has a new one in The Modern Baker that is even better. He uses cocoa nibs and the brownies are terrific.
                                                      He came to Kings Supermarket in Short Hills, NJ to give a demonstration class. This was one of the recipes from the book so I can vouch for its chocolate effectiveness.

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