I posted this in a hurry…I am pretty sure I have less blurry picture somewhere…
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It’s alive! IT’S ALIVE!
After the first cooking and cooling period, I tried to remove a brownie. The remaining brownies immediately oozed into the formerly empty space. I wish I had an adequate picture, but it was late. You can see below the difference in the corner where the brownies oozed out. I lost track of how long I cooked these. I tried to pop them back in after the oozing incident. My crust was definitely done long before I could ever get the brownies to set. I gave up and went with Plan B.
Brownies: the missing manual.
In my mind, I didn’t screw these up; Dorie clearly left out the instructions to pop them in the freezer. Patty and I sampled the ooze and found it rather tasty. Not wanting to spoon them out of the pan like pudding, I decided to give them a little “rest” in the cool air of the freezer in the hopes it would improve things. It did.
Why go simple when you can complicate things.
I loved these brownies cold. I really did. Gooey – fudgy – chocolatey – in short, everything a brownie should be. That said, they seemed awfully complicated for a brownie. This recipe reminded me of those ridiculous guitar solos or vocal gymnastics that don’t complement the song. The artist throws them in because they can. I feel like Rick Katz makes brownies this way because he can. He has skills, people, and you are going to see them, necessary or not. I loved these but I don’t know that they are such a great leap forward in brownie world to justify the 27 steps and even more pans. If I am making brownies, chances are it’s because I am looking for something simple yet satisfying.
Variations: The freezer baby!
Bottom Line: These were great, even if Will was turned off after the goo and never went back (more for the rest of us!). Will I make them again? Good question. I’ll let you know if I am ever finished cleaning all the dishes.
The full recipe is at Chocolatechic.
Next week: Chocolate chip cookies. Let the debate carry on.