It seems there are tons of recipes out there from very basic looking ones to complicated time-consuming ones. I do a lot of baking but never have attempted brownies as I don't know what recipe to try.
One thing for sure, I do not like fudgy brownies, and I prefer not to add on nuts or other random things to it. My go-to mix are the Betty Crocker Triple Chunk brownies as they are chewy and have enough chocolate to satistfy a chocoholic without being fudgy. I've also tried Ghirardelli and those are good too. Now could anyone please recommend any recipes as brownies is the ONLY boxed thing I still make and would like to start making them from scratch =)
So from scanning the list two caught my attention. The Nick Maglieri's supernatural brownies and the CI Chewy Brownies.
Now I wonder if these supernatural brownies everyone raves about are chewy OR fudgy? I just don't like fudgy brownies and some people described them as such.
Which one (or other ones) would you call the perfect chewy (box-like) brownie recipe?
You might like to give this recipe a whirl. I posted s reference to this on the above-mentioned Brownie thread. It's from the Joy of Cooking, called Brownies Cockaigne (Cockaigne is a term JOC uses to describe something they consider the best of its kind)
When you google Joy of Cooking Brownies Cockaigne, you will see there are many, many fans. It is a good recipe and yields a very good product.
I like these; they're not a "slumped" brownie.
Katharine Hepburn's Brownies
Melt together 1 stick unsalted butter w/ 2 sq. baker's chocolate; take off heat. Stir in one cup sugar, 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla; beat mixture well. Stir in 1/4 c. ap flour and 1/2 t. salt. Bake in an 8x8 pan at 325 for about 40 minutes.
Oh, and for those of you who do like nuts? You can add up to a cup of the nuts of your choice in the final mixing without affecting the brownie texture at all.
And the Supernatural Brownies are almost a spiritual experience, btw.
I always use this one when I make brownies, never use a box mix. From the Hershey - Chocolate Lovers Cookbook:
HERSHEY'S Best Brownies
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
• 2 cups sugar
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 4 eggs
• 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup chopped nuts(optional)
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
2. Place butter in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with spoon after each addition. Add cocoa; beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat well. Stir in nuts, if desired. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Frost if desired. Cut into bars. About 36 brownies.
I have tried many many brownie recipes trying to replicate the chewy texture of boxed mix brownies, and these are the best that i have found.
i have admittedly not tried the new CI march 2011 recipe, which uses oil in place of some of the butter.
I have tried the supernatural ones and while good, they do not have the texture of the boxed kind.
So I guess I broke my own word and already baked 2 of the recipes this week!
The CI Chewy cookie were very much like the boxed kind and I think it was partly due to the mix-in chocolate chunks and the vegetable oil. My only problem was that it did seem too gooey after cutting and made packing them a messy but delicious mess. I didnt underbake as the edges were already turning hard would otherwise have burned if left for much longer.
I also did try the Supernatural brownies and these ones did bake up nicely. The taste is much different from what i'm used to in brownies but I still think they tasted amazing...must be my brown sugar addiction!
Now I have the hard task of picking which ones to try next.....
Whatever recipe you use, try this fudge glaze for brownies: in a saucepan put 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup butter. Bring to boil and boil one minute by the clock (or microwave timer). Remove from burner. Dump in 1 cup chocolate chips. Stir until they melt. Pour hot over warm brownies. It will set up as it cools.
Brownie Pointers (Fudge like vs Cake like).
Perfect brownie, fancy or plain
The Cakey Brownie
I made these at work just yesterday and was really happy with the results. I hate those gooby un risen blocks that pass for fudgy, and have as much contempt for the chocolate cake masquerading as a brownie. These struck the perfect balance for me.