Brownies, The Best Ever?

11.20.2012



This recipe took me by surprise. In modern times of excessive information and a million recipes of everything, the best-ever seemed suspicious to say the least. Another recipe name made to catch my attention. 
I mean, a question for food bloggers: who hasn´t made dozens of brownies and still can´t decide which one is the best ever? I can´t. I change my mind all the time. Depends, best-ever compared to what. The fudgiest? the most demanded by friends? the best time-result combination? See? It´s hard to choose one. 
And don´t get me started on non-traditional ones like raspberry walnut brownies or a favorite of mine with whiskey and raisins.



These dark beauties are our assignment for the Tuesdays with Dorie group, contributed by Rick Katz. Our host today is Monica of A Beautiful Mess, and you can find the recipe there.

So I set out to make these brownies with a lack of interest that shows in the pics, since I made half a recipe, not wanting to have a dozen average brownies sitting around. So they are thin because I didn´t quite have a half pan for them, also I threw some bittersweet chocolate chips over half of the batter because I assumed they would be too sweet.


It turns out these are extraordinary brownies. The are fudgy, made in one bowl (yes I know the recipe says to mix eggs and half the sugar in another bowl and add them slowly, but there was no way that was going to happen), have a great balance of sugar-chocolate and are so good warm. I couldn´t resist and took a bite before they cooled down completely.


One thing I like is that they are like old-fashioned brownies, the flavor and texture a traditional one should have. According to me of course. I used both chocolates called for in the recipe, unsweetened and bittersweet, and of very good quality. That really makes a difference. It is worth splurging on good chocolate sometimes. I don´t think an average, sweeter chocolate would produce the same brownie.

They were so good, I debated wether to make them again, the whole recipe in the right pan, and take new pics of fat and fudgy brownies. But I didn´t have the time yesterday.
But rest assured this recipe goes into my use-all-the-time folder. And they will be made a lot.
And though I will never settle for just one brownie recipe, their name is very close to being true.




36 comments:

  1. I thought these were really good too!

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  2. Happens the same, I have many brownie recipes. And also have have one that is the best. Yours look very good!!!

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  3. I totally agree with you...there is no way my family could pick out the BEST brownie from the scads of recipes I've made. These were darn tasty...definitely near the top of the list! And I'm glad to know I can skip the extra step and they still turn out beautifully :)

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  4. glad you loved the brownies. They were really tasty but not sure if they were my best ever.

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  5. Ha Ha, I made mine in one bowl too! (two if you count the saucepan to melt the chocolate) I hate cleaning up, so I always try to use the minimum of bowls! My husband is the opposite- many, many bowls, platters and plates to make something I could make in one but opposites attract... Glad they came out well for you.

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  6. Paula, perfect dark chocolaty brownies - they look just like brownies are supposed to be, I am sure that they were awfully delicious! And actually I like the "slimmer" look, leaves more room for wonderful toppings!

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  7. They look and sound stunning.

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  8. They do look ridiculously moorish and delicious :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. They look wonderful - nothing like a great brownie!
    Mary x

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  10. If yours came out looking this good with a one-bowl mixing method, that's how I'm doing it next time! I felt like I created more mess than was necessary. Yours look really good, with the slightly crackly top and the fudge-y insides. Nice!

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  11. Beautiful photos, they look delicious..

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  12. The chocolate used does make a difference, by far!
    I like your thinner brownies - glad they were such a hit!

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  13. If they are the best (or even if they aren't) I must try them !

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  14. Great minds, Paula! I also did the one bowl! They were extremely delicious! Yours look absolutely perfect….glad you enjoyed them!

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  16. Isn't it fun to be surprised? I was too! I didn't even want to make "boring brownies" ... then they turned out wonderful! Go figure. Catherine www.praycookblog.com

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  17. Oh.. these do look yummy. There are so many brownie recipes.. but only one that can be the "best".. I'm glad you've found it:)

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  18. i am quite sure, these must be the best ever!!!
    thank you!
    it's always a pleasure to visit your blog...it makes me so hungry!!!

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  19. They look great! They were definitely good brownies. Good to know that you can do it all in one bowl and it still turns out well.

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  20. I love fudgy brownies. Dorie, surprisingly, knows what she's talking about. ;-)
    Love the photos! Made my mouth water. :)

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  21. I love that you eschewed the multiple bowl process. It was a bit laborious!

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  22. Glad these were close to best-ever for you. They certainly look delicious!!

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  23. Your brownies look delicious. Beautiful photography.

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  24. I love your thin brownies! It is good to know that the one bowl method works with this recipe. I will definitely use your method the next time I make these. They are definitely a keeper. Beautiful job!

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  25. I loved these brownies too & I agree about the chocolate - had to be done with dark, dark dark bittersweet or nothing at all. I know I've said it already but I LOVE the new look of your site! It's beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  26. Dorie's recipes never disappoint! I share your lack of conviction, "best of" sets up us for unrealistic expectations. But when it is a recipe from a master I do listen! For me, Brownie recipes are like Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes; hey we love chocolate lets give it a try. They are sure to be devoured!

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  27. these look so very good - i love the traditional crinkly topping, and they look satisfyingly squidgy. i love hearing how another cook adapts recipes and pans...i do that all the time.
    i have to say though, i have found my best ever brownie http://www.diginhobart.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/the-ultimate-brownie.html

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  28. These look just delicious! Love that you did the one bowl thing...I SO should have done that!

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  29. Oh! Yea! definitely worth repeating. I only used one bowl, too, and they came out perfectly. I only shared a couple. The rest were MINE!!!!

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  30. I agree, the chocolate you use really does make a big difference!
    And these were sooo delicious!

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  31. These do look delicious, but I have to say the 'whiskey and raisins' brownies. MUST TRY!

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  32. Your thinner looking brownies are so elegant - they are perfect to be topped with 'you name it' ingredients! Happy to hear that it was a winning recipe for you :)

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  33. Paula, I'm so honoured to have the same name as your mother. How funny, and thank you for telling me.
    Whiskey brownies... Yummy! Do you put the whiskey in the brownies or do you dip them into the whiskey...ihihi.

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  34. These DO look like the perfect brownies, Paula. The simplicity is just what we all need, too. Can you tell me why so many recipes call for so many bowls when with a little planning, it can all be done in one? That is a real pet peeve of mine... ~ David

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