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post #1 of 27
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Am I completely wrong here, or does it seem that all decadent, bad for you yummies are a pain to make?

I was also called a weirdo for lining my brownie pan with parchment so they'll lift out easier and with less breaking.
post #2 of 27
Its so much easier than soaking the pan to clean it!!! Tonites paper featured some really decadent brownie recipes!!!
post #3 of 27
You bake the batter?!?!?
post #4 of 27
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
I was also called a weirdo for lining my brownie pan with parchment so they'll lift out easier and with less breaking.
How dare they?! That was the best baking technique I ever learned. Greasing and flouring pans never worked well. Now I need to see if I have the ingredients for brownies in the cupboard....
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by gemlady
You bake the batter?!?!?
Yeah, but I do lick the bowl!
I also couldn't help snitching one while it was still warm and goory, before dinner
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by gemlady
You bake the batter?!?!?
Really. Because I know mine never actually makes it Into the pan. Just think, less clean up, feeling good (chocolate rocks), and MAN, it's Gone already, no one will ever even know you were going to make them.
post #7 of 27
Yeah I do think all yummy calorie-filled things are hard to make, but it's totally worth it!!!!!!!!!!!

*stares at cabinet in kitchen where brownie mix is kept*
And I think I've just found my baking project for tomorrow!!!
post #8 of 27
I always use parchment or foil sprayed with olive oil spray when I make brownies or cookies. My husband makes the best from scratch brownies!! My mouth waters just thinking about them. They are a "Cook's Illustrated" brownie recipe, and of course everything from them is amazing. They can be a pain, what with melting the chocolate and folding the batter- but boy are home made baked goods worth every second.
post #9 of 27
someone please post a recipe for brownies, i would like to make some!
post #10 of 27
Ow......drats!!!! My grandma has the best brownie recipe and I can not remember it! All I know is that it takes TWO sticks of butter and is REALLY REALLY GOOD!!!!
post #11 of 27
Here is a recipe in last nights local paper

Extreme chocolate Brownies

12 oz (2 cups) bittersweet chocolate chopped
1 stick unsalted butter (4oz)
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c sugar
1/2 c ap flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 oz (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans or a combo of the two
In the top of a double boiler set over very hot water melt the bittersweet chocolate and the butter. Allow it to cool.
Using an electric mixer beat the eggs and vanilla in a mixing bowl until frothy. Slowly add the sugar and beat until the mixture ribbons off the beaters. Add the melted chocolate mixture. Stir to combine.
Sift the dry ingredients together. Add to the chocolate mixture and stir to combine. Fold in the semisweet chocolate chips and the nuts. The dough will seem more like cake batter than cookie dough. Cover the mixing bowl and refrierate until the dough is chilled and more cookie dough like.
Set the oven to 350 degrees . Line several baking sheets with parchment paper.
Scoop up the chilled dough and roll with your hands into small balls the size of whole walnuts. Place the cookies on prepared pans about 1 1/2 inches apart.
Bake about 12 minutes or a bit longer. The tops of the cookies should look dry and cracked. Allow to cool for a minute on the baking sheet and remove to cake racks for further cooling.
Enjoy!!
post #12 of 27
well, i actually think my brownies are pretty easy to make...recipe below for those interested...
the world's best brownies
1 duncan hines chewy brownie mix
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

make the brownies like the box says, only use butter for the fat component. you might need to add an extra egg because of the cocoa addition. when the batter is throughly mixed, add the chips & stir to distribute. pour into a 13"x9"inch pan [i usually use those plastic disposable ones - no clean-up!] & bake at the temp on the box until done [again, usually takes a bit longer than the box says due to extra ingredients].
i used to make these from scratch - but you know, i can't tell the difference after i add everything!
post #13 of 27
OOh I made brownies last night too! I used the box mix, but they were still great! Triple chocolate Chunk! They make Pam for baking with flour in it and it works really well for me. I use a ton though! I don't want to lose and brwnie goodness! Tooo bad i left them at home. One poped in the microwave for about 15 secs to warm it up would be good. with Vanilla ice cream!
post #14 of 27
post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 
I used a mix.
I get the mega sized boxes at Costco, Hershey's double chocolate chocolate chip fudge chunk brownies.

The only reason they are a pain is mixing them by hand with arthritis and carpal tunnal.
Still, very worth it.

I think though that I'll train my fiance' to read my mind so that he knows I need chocolate, and he'll go bake my brownies for me
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by laureen227
well, i actually think my brownies are pretty easy to make...recipe below for those interested...
the world's best brownies
1 duncan hines chewy brownie mix
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

make the brownies like the box says, only use butter for the fat component. you might need to add an extra egg because of the cocoa addition. when the batter is throughly mixed, add the chips & stir to distribute. pour into a 13"x9"inch pan [i usually use those plastic disposable ones - no clean-up!] & bake at the temp on the box until done [again, usually takes a bit longer than the box says due to extra ingredients].
i used to make these from scratch - but you know, i can't tell the difference after i add everything!
That sounds SOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
Am I completely wrong here, or does it seem that all decadent, bad for you yummies are a pain to make?
I wouldn't say you are completely wrong. I do, however, have brownie-making down to a science. I make them from scratch, and the recipe is quick, easy, and soooooo good.

Not that that's a good thing.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
Am I completely wrong here, or does it seem that all decadent, bad for you yummies are a pain to make?

I was also called a weirdo for lining my brownie pan with parchment so they'll lift out easier and with less breaking.
Parchment? I thought the last time parchment was ever used was with the Dead Sea Scrolls. I had no idea it could be used with cooking.
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
Parchment? I thought the last time parchment was ever used was with the Dead Sea Scrolls. I had no idea it could be used with cooking.
The writing on the parchment leaves really cool designs on the brownies.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by katachtig
The writing on the parchment leaves really cool designs on the brownies.
That is really interesting. I've never heard of that before. So, do you buy parchment with writing already on it? You could really be pulling my leg here and I wouldn't know. Gimme some o' them Dead Sea Scroll brownies will ya'?!
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by katachtig
The writing on the parchment leaves really cool designs on the brownies.
haha..

you guys are making me want brownies so bad right now. i was going to make cupcakes earlier tonight, but changed my mind. my whole family, even me, is sick. eating those would probably be a bad idea.

..although very tempting.
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
Gimme some o' them Dead Sea Scroll brownies will ya'?!
Actually I prefer Nostradamus prediction brownies
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
Actually I prefer Nostradamus prediction brownies
sounds interesting - fortune brownies!
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
Actually I prefer Nostradamus prediction brownies
I predict those brownies wouldn't last long. Do you know any links off hand that would show brownies done with parchment and writing? I'm curious to see how it would look.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
I predict those brownies wouldn't last long. Do you know any links off hand that would show brownies done with parchment and writing? I'm curious to see how it would look.
I was kidding - though Google would find it if it exists.
post #26 of 27
How many of us just googled writing parchment brownies?

I love brownies. I always add some coffee flavoring to it to bring out the deep chocolate flavor. You dont need much, and it is sooooo good. Also take some caramels and freeze them, then break them up and sprinkle them in and on your batter... yum.
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by Roxy_loves_CJ
I love brownies. I always add some coffee flavoring to it to bring out the deep chocolate flavor. You dont need much, and it is sooooo good.
I do that! Actually, my brownie recipe uses Kamora (or another coffee liqueur), and that is just sooooo tasty. Mmm, brownies ... must ... resist ... siren call of chocolate ...
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