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Friday, April 16, 2010

New Classic Brownies aka Ice Bath Brownies


One of the hardest things to do with brownies is to defend them from hungry brownie lovers before they cool. Its even harder to try to convince those people (Dan) that it'll taste better tomorrow. But, I have just found a recipe to change that! This interesting brownie recipe from Scharffen Berger requires you to remove the brownie pan from the oven when they are done baking, and immediately move them to an ice bath. It cools really quickly in the ice bath (ours were completely cool within about a half an hour) and Alice Medrich (author of the book "Cookies and Brownies" where this recipe is from) says this quick cooling process is key to achieving delicious, fudgy results. I have to say I believe her, because ours were fudgy and perfect after that first 30 minutes. No need to wait until tomorrow to eat these at their best! Plus, this recipe is super quick to put together - it's all made in one bowl (easy clean-up, too!). This is now probably in my top favorite brownie recipes.


I prepared Alice Medrich's "New Classic Brownies" exactly as seen HERE on Scharffen Berger's website, but I left out the optional nuts. Definitely put this one on your to-do list.



Lucie said...

This has to be the best baking tip I've read in a long time! Your brownies look so perfectly fudgy!

Fallon said...

This is a really awesome baking tip. I would of never thought about it! Fudge brownies are so satisfying, this look really good.

Tracey said...

These look amazing! I love that the recipe is so easy too. My husband would love them, maybe I'll surprise him and make a batch this weekend :)

HanaĆ¢ said...

Wow, that's what I call fudgy. I heard of Alice's ice bath method for brownies, but have to admit i was a bit skeptical. I'm glad to hear it worked (why did I ever question Alice??) :o)

Julie said...

Wow how interesting is this!!! They look delicious. Can't wait to try this one.

Ingrid said...

Hey, Stephanie....I always worry about warping my pan after doing that. How'd the pan fare after its dip into ice water? I've had FOUR jellyroll pans warp after someone washed them while they were still hot. They look fine until they go in the oven. After a few minutes I find my batter all pooled to one side. :(


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