Quote from Intro:

"Anyone can cook, and most everyone should. It's a sorry sign that many people consider cooking 'from scratch' an unusual and even rare talent.
In fact, it is a simple and rewarding craft, one that anyone can learn and even succeed at from the get-go."
-Bittman, HTCE

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Recipe: Brownies
Page: p. 881
Rating: *****

I think I'm the one making the most desserts around here (or at least, making the most from Bittman and rating them). Anyway, I don't know why anyone would make brownies from a box when they could make the nearly-as-simple-and-far-more-decadent version a la Mark. Super easy!

I didn't pour the melted chocolate/butter mixture into a different bowl--I just added everything into that one pot. They baked in the amount of time given but are SUPER soft when you pull them out. Letting them cool in the pan is a necessity, but they are awfully good when still pretty warm and gooey...not that I would be that eager to try them of course.... and I added the last of my Andes chocolate candy pieces.... (about 3/4 cup) and will have another brownie when fully cooled just to confirm the ***** rating....

I've had slightly better homemade brownies, but they were more difficult to prepare. For ease of preparation, fudgy nature, top chocolate flavor--these get a ***** rating. This will be my go to brownie recipe when we suddenly get that brownie craving!


  1. I'm melting the butter and chocolate in the microwave right now!! I'll be sure to post my stars after I have had a few.....

  2. For those of you out there who have never done it: http://www.pastrywiz.com/archive/recipe/0084.htm

    I add the butter and the chocolate in together. Once things start to melt don't walk away or you could overheat your chocolate and it could seize!

  3. The brownies were great, my only complaint is that they need some texture...chips, nuts, something! Otherwise, delicious!! I'm officially giving up box brownies for these. One bowl, one spoon, and only one measuring cup dirty!


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