Wow, I cannot believe I have already reached my 100th post! I cannot think of a better way to ring it in other than TWD and Brownies!
I was really excited about this week’s TWD Katherine Hepburn Brownies. I have been on a brownie crave for over a month and have not made any because of the abundance of desserts hanging around my house. So I really had an excuse…
These brownies were extremely easy to make and came together really quickly, it’s a shame I hadn’t made these earlier. I left out a few things and made some changes. First, I left out the walnuts because one I’m not a ‘nut in my brownie’ kind of girl, and two, I have 3 people in my life with nut/walnut allergies. All of which would possibly be eating these. I left the cinnamon. I love cinnamon; I just don’t like it with chocolate. And finally, I used instant espresso instead of instant coffee granules and then cut that back to ½ teaspoon per some of the other baker’s comments. Hmmm…are these still Dorie’s brownies?
Regardless, these brownies, although very thin, were quite spectacular. I liked how gooey and chewy they were and they certainly are rich so a small piece is very satisfying. I used good quality chocolate disks from Callabaut, and my prized Valrhona cocoa to top off the richness. I used a 9 inch square metal pan, which was a bit large so my brownies were even thinner. I added 5 minutes to the cooking time since a few of the other bakers mentioned their brownies were a bit too gooey at 30 minutes. They came out of the pan, no problem.
I will say, that there is a strong possibility that food photography is NOT in my future by the looks of the brownie cuts. I was in a bit of a hurry to cut these…and getting out a ruler just wasn’t going to fit into my patience. I will just call these brownies, rustic and I assure you this did not affect the taste whatsoever.
I imagined what it would be like to be lucky enough to be sitting in Katherine Hepburn’s kitchen—drinking tea and eating brownies….and talking about life. I’d imagine I would probably mention the time I watched ‘On Golden Pond’ in high school psychology class and how I secretly cried towards the end and blamed it on an eye lash caught in my eye. But then again, I might have been completely star struck and just nodded stupidly to all of her helpful advice.
I would definitely make these again! Thank you Lisa from Surviving Oz for hosting this week. So be sure to check out Lisa’s site if you would like the recipe! You can also check out how the other bakers did this week by checking out TWD's blogroll. TWD is also accepting new members…so if you would like to bake with us on Tuesdays…send an email to tuesdayswithdorie AT gmail.com. Don’t forget to pick up Dorie Greenspan’s book “Baking From My Home to Yours”.
Wondering why in the world my brownie looks like I stuck my finger in the middle? Well this is the King Arthur fool proof brownie testing method for 'doneness'. Check it out on the site...its the first time I was able to test my brownies properly.