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Brownies: Edgers vs Insiders

Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 10:48 AM

I'm an insider all the way. I even like slightly underdone, fudgy moist brownies. I avoid the "edges"- whereas, I know a lottt of people that go nuts over the chewier, "crispier" edge piece of a brownie. There's even that zigzag baking dish that churns out an entire pan of edge pieces. SO tell me. Are you an Edger, or an Insider?? (Feel free to come up with better monikers)

P.S - For those who haven't seen said pan, here: http://bakersedge.com/

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    guilty Dec 8, 2012 10:59 AM

    I also prefer the inside, and cannot fathom the appeal of the edges of brownies.

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    1. re: guilty
      Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 11:01 AM

      Right there with ya

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      Hobbert Dec 8, 2012 11:12 AM

      Edges all the way! I love that dense, chewy area. I've been known to eat around a pan of brownies and toss the rest...

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      1. re: Hobbert
        mpjmph Dec 8, 2012 11:15 AM

        Same here with edges. When I make brownies for a pot luck, I will sometimes trim the edges off for myself, and deliver a tray of inside-only brownies for everyone else.

        1. re: mpjmph
          mwhitmore Apr 21, 2013 11:23 AM

          You are evil---and I love you!

        2. re: Hobbert
          melpy Dec 11, 2012 09:38 AM

          Let the rest get stale and it will be like the edge.

        3. chefathome Dec 8, 2012 11:30 AM

          Insider without question. The inside is fudgier and more flavourful (in my mind at least!).

          1. bagelman01 Dec 8, 2012 11:44 AM

            edger, definitely, and I only make cakelike brownies, never fudgy/moist

            1. ipsedixit Dec 8, 2012 11:50 AM


              And not just for brownies. Lasagna, bread pudding, cornbread, pizza, meatloaf, rice krispy treats, sheet cakes, pot pies, etc.

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              1. re: ipsedixit
                foodieX2 Dec 8, 2012 11:56 AM

                Brownies are the only place I prefer the insides. Otherwise I am a with you- I like the crispy edges of lasagna, bread pudding, cornbread, pizza, meatloaf, pot pies, etc.

                1. re: foodieX2
                  Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 12:05 PM

                  I started this post because of a Yahoo! news article that had a recipe for crispy mac and cheese- basically you cook the mac and cheese on a baking sheet, so the whole thing ends up being like the crispier top layer of most mac's. It really didn't appeal to me that much. I like the inside of mac and cheese as well.

                  1. re: Meowzerz
                    foodieX2 Dec 8, 2012 12:17 PM

                    There needs to be a foil. That mac and cheese sounds gross. You need the soft center to counter that extra crispy topping.

                    Maybe I need to label myself a "corner" instead of an "insider" or "edger". The corners are perfect mix of soft and crunchy/chewy. Again with a brownie I want the center cut but with everything else I am a "corner" gal.

                    1. re: foodieX2
                      Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 01:27 PM

                      I agree - yin and yang, ya know?!

                    2. re: Meowzerz
                      fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2012 06:42 PM

                      Oh wow, I'm all about the crusty bits of macaraoni and cheese. I usually steal the top crust and then dig deep to get the crusty stuff against the sides of the pan.

                      1. re: fldhkybnva
                        Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 06:51 PM

                        lol- we all have our agendas.

                    3. re: foodieX2
                      bagelman01 Dec 11, 2012 05:00 AM

                      I come from a family of 'edgers.' My mother used to bake kugels, meatloaf, salmon loaf, bread pudding, etc in cup cake tins so we all coulf have krispy outsides and not be stuck with an inner piece from a square or rectangular pan

                    4. re: ipsedixit
                      Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 12:03 PM

                      Interesting. I'm an insider for pretty much everything... so funny! I'm a gooey kind of gal. lol.

                      1. re: Meowzerz
                        ipsedixit Dec 8, 2012 12:12 PM

                        Marry me and we can make lovely food music ...

                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 01:25 PM


                      2. re: ipsedixit
                        pine time Dec 8, 2012 01:57 PM

                        Inner for brownies--in fact, I'll often slightly reduce the amt of flour just to keep 'em extra gooey. However, I'm an edger for the things ipsedixit listed--in fact, often make cornbread in the tiny cupcake pan, just so that every bit has more crispy surface.

                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          vttp926 Dec 13, 2012 05:49 PM

                          I am with you all the way! Love all the edges!

                        2. Uncle Bob Dec 8, 2012 12:39 PM

                          Prefer the inside, but want turn down the edge ones. Especially when the little brown-eyed girl bakes em up....Gotta have lots of pecans too!

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                          1. re: Uncle Bob
                            Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 01:25 PM

                            My go-to nuts for brownies are walnuts.

                            1. re: Uncle Bob
                              Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 01:26 PM

                              But...pecans sound awesome haha

                              1. re: Meowzerz
                                Uncle Bob Dec 8, 2012 01:44 PM

                                I've had Walnuts in brownies...not bad!, not bad at all. ~ I prefer pecans due to them being so common here... and lots of trees right out the back door..

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                              HillJ Dec 8, 2012 01:59 PM

                              We crumble and use the edges to top off ice cream sundaes and the insiders as the perfect brownie square.

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                              1. re: HillJ
                                Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 02:35 PM


                                1. re: HillJ
                                  gaffk Dec 8, 2012 05:15 PM

                                  I do a twist on this. Edges are served with ice cream on top, insides are stand-alone.

                                2. juliejulez Dec 8, 2012 03:47 PM

                                  Insider all the way.

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                                    Cinnamonster Dec 8, 2012 04:27 PM

                                    Depends on what I'm feeling like at the moment.

                                    Sometimes I just want the super chewiness of an edge piece, but sometimes I love the slightly moist inside pieces (especially if they have chocolate chips in them).

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                                      jbsiegel Dec 8, 2012 05:28 PM

                                      Total insider person here. My son LOVES the edges, so I bought him one of those "all edge" brownie pans. He was in heaven. Could somebody please invent an "all middle" pan??? :-)

                                      I was looking at the Beverly HIlls Brownie Company's website (beverlyhillsbrownie.com) after I saw them in a magazine, and was almost ready to order some to try them when I realized that each brownie actually had four edges. No way!

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                                      1. re: jbsiegel
                                        Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 06:22 PM

                                        Haha! This is like a physics issue I think! Will us Insiders ever be rewarded?? lol

                                        1. re: Meowzerz
                                          ohbonobogirl Dec 13, 2012 06:31 PM


                                          All of their brownies are round and cut from the inside of the pan. They use the edges to make brownie biscotti. Pure delicious-ness! While I'm lucky enough to live local to them (though my waist doesn't feel so lucky...), they ship, too.

                                      2. meatn3 Dec 8, 2012 05:41 PM


                                        I received the pan as a gift and love it! Perhaps this is related to me being more of a cookie person than a cake person?

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                                        1. re: meatn3
                                          Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 06:24 PM

                                          Actually I don't care for like 98% of cakes. Even if they're crazy moist. I prefer a cookie to a cake usually, but again...I'm the type to make huge, soft, slightly underdone cookies as well. I think I might get that pan for my sister this Christmas.

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                                          chowguyXXX Dec 8, 2012 05:52 PM

                                          OMG OMG

                                          I love, love, love this topic.

                                          Insider here all the way.

                                          YAY Inside brownies!

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                                          1. re: chowguyXXX
                                            Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 06:24 PM

                                            haha! Glad to see you're amused =)

                                          2. fldhkybnva Dec 8, 2012 06:44 PM

                                            Edges 100%. Crusty bits with a lot of things. Brownies - edges, cornbread - edges, any baked casserole (e.g. macaroni and cheese) - crusty bits, egg roll - crusty end

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                                            1. re: fldhkybnva
                                              Meowzerz Dec 8, 2012 06:55 PM

                                              I love the crusty ends on a baguette or loaf of Italian bread- and the chewy heels of a rye- so I guess that's where I split from my Insider ways.

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                                              ahuva Dec 8, 2012 07:38 PM

                                              i was just discussing this with my husband. saw the same pan and couldn't figure out who'd buy it. my husband and i are innies all the way - in fact, we wind up fighting over the optimal middle piece of brownie. When all that's left are the edges I stick it in the microwave and eat it with ice cream.

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                                                ricepad Dec 10, 2012 08:10 PM

                                                I don't get it. I cut my pan of brownies neatly in quarters, so I get four corner pieces. Lots of edge, and plenty of insides, too.

                                                Doesn't everybody do that?

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                                                1. re: ricepad
                                                  Dee S Dec 10, 2012 09:14 PM

                                                  Too funny! One pan = four servings! Perfect!

                                                  For me, it depends on the brownie. I'm selective on my edges and don't like them too done. There is a fine line between yummy, chewy edges and hard dried out pellet edges. I'm into the chewy edges but do enjoy a gooey middle piece as well.

                                                  I guess that doesn't apply only to brownies but everything else listed by everybody else!

                                                  Oh....no nuts in my brownies. The only texture I want is brownie.

                                                  1. re: ricepad
                                                    ipsedixit Dec 10, 2012 09:24 PM

                                                    By that logic, might as well make it one serving per pan.

                                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                                      ricepad Dec 11, 2012 01:19 PM

                                                      What, and be thought a glutton??

                                                      1. re: ricepad
                                                        ipsedixit Dec 11, 2012 03:14 PM

                                                        No, more like "efficient" ...

                                                        1. re: ipsedixit
                                                          Sal Vanilla Dec 11, 2012 05:04 PM

                                                          Why... you are saving the planet by making the pan a serving. Less water in cleanup of all those meaningless little dishes you use to fool yourself into the pan being 30 servings. Just get real and eat it straight from the pan.

                                                          That is my logic anyway. I edge it and then slice litle pieces off the center just to even up the line so the next person coming in for a square wont have to endure a wonky edged brownie.

                                                          I am so thoughtful!

                                                    2. re: ricepad
                                                      akq Dec 11, 2012 09:22 AM

                                                      +1. Gotta have both!

                                                    3. Cheese Boy Dec 10, 2012 09:21 PM

                                                      Edger, walnuts inside, no powdered sugar. Three pieces. Milk.

                                                      1. Bob W Dec 11, 2012 07:42 AM

                                                        Edger, and a muffin topper too. You insiders can have the muffin stumps!

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                                                        1. re: Bob W
                                                          fldhkybnva Dec 11, 2012 10:35 AM

                                                          Muffin topper here as well! I rarely eat the inside of them muffin.

                                                          1. re: Bob W
                                                            Meowzerz Dec 11, 2012 06:48 PM

                                                            I'm an insider for brownies and a muffin topper for muffins....hmm...I find that muffin tops are usually more moist than the stumps, which is what I'm all about lol

                                                            1. re: Meowzerz
                                                              ItalGreyHound Dec 11, 2012 07:43 PM

                                                              Lol...+1 on that! I have no shame about tearing off the edge portion of a brownie, or the bottom of a muffin. There is just something about a muffin "top." Yum.

                                                              Makes me think of that Seinfeld episode...

                                                              1. re: ItalGreyHound
                                                                Meowzerz Dec 13, 2012 02:14 PM

                                                                Lol... Top of the muffin to ya!

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                                                            palomalou Dec 11, 2012 07:46 AM

                                                            Inside on everything for me, please! Somebody please invent that all-insides pan.

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                                                            1. re: palomalou
                                                              ipsedixit Dec 11, 2012 07:58 AM

                                                              Somebody please invent that all-insides pan.

                                                              It's called a waterbath.

                                                              1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                jbsiegel Dec 11, 2012 11:07 AM

                                                                I was going to try this in my quest of those all-insdie brownies.


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                                                              Sal Vanilla Dec 11, 2012 10:36 AM

                                                              I am an edger when they first emerge from the oven - all hot and crispy. But once cooled, my love for it passes and I am on to the gooey center. I cut the entire edge off of the pan of brownies and eat the entire edge and almost send myself into a heart racing sugar coma. The rest I eat at leisure (unless threatened by another brownie gobbler).

                                                              I am the same with freshly baked bread. Cut heels off to immediately snarf otherwise I am decidedly anti heel.

                                                              1. biondanonima Dec 11, 2012 11:01 AM

                                                                Middles ONLY. I like crunchy edges/heels on bread, lasagne, etc. etc., but NEVER on brownies. Lucky for me, my husband loves the edges, so when I cut brownies I cut smallish pieces with the edges attached, so that he can eat brownies that are almost all edge, and I get the middles ALL TO MYSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                                1. re: biondanonima
                                                                  Sal Vanilla Dec 11, 2012 05:07 PM

                                                                  Be on the lookout for edge creep. My husband fires a warning shot overhead when my edge taking gets a little too generous. Snaps me right back into my declared one inch. OK I lie for his manly benefit. But don't tell him I think of it more as a maginot line.

                                                                2. RetiredChef Dec 11, 2012 03:14 PM

                                                                  Inside for brownies, I find the edges of brownies don't have the taste that the inside does so I am always disappointed, but I do like the texture of the edge.

                                                                  1. iL Divo Dec 11, 2012 08:21 PM

                                                                    insides all the way and a titch underbaked .

                                                                    1. PotatoHouse Dec 12, 2012 04:35 AM

                                                                      I love the edges! Especially wehen making brownie sundaes because the ice cream and toppings soak into the inner part of the brownie but the edge stays firm! Tasty contrast!

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                                                                        westaust Dec 12, 2012 02:00 PM

                                                                        I like both, i like a lot of the inside for the chewiness, however a bit of crunchy edges is good too, so the best part for me would be a center of the dish part, cut really thin on the edge side, but long towards the center of the pan.

                                                                        Based on that, i'm not a fan of corner pieces, too much edge, not enough inside.

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                                                                        1. re: westaust
                                                                          suzigirl Dec 12, 2012 02:53 PM

                                                                          I couldn't have said it better myself. That is exactly how I enjoy my brownie

                                                                        2. queueueuq Dec 13, 2012 10:48 PM

                                                                          I'm an edger for all things EXCEPT at this one bakery I go to for chocolate babka, where they make them like this (photo shows cinnamon rolls, but same idea):

                                                                          Then it has to be an inside piece, because the edge ones are bland and dry and don't have as much chocolate!

                                                                          1. iL Divo Apr 21, 2013 05:13 AM

                                                                            I love yard sales (that curbside) entice. always go for the kitchen items first. I know the brownie pan you're speaking of, seen it in many stores, pricey.
                                                                            if there was a brand new one for a buck at said yard sale, I'd pass. no desire for crispy brownies.

                                                                            I'm a fudge bucket :) all the way.

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