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Tuesdays with Dorie: A Brownie and a Movie

July 7, 2009

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is Tribute to Katharine Hepburn Brownies. Apparently, Ms Hepburn made a mean brownie, and this is Dorie Greenspan’s version of her recipe.

KH Brownies

I am no Katharine Hepburn expert, but when I saw that this recipe was selected, I immediately thought of the movie Desk Set. The short story on the movie is that Katharine Hepburn works in the research department of a major broadcasting company. Enter Spencer Tracy, an efficiency expert, and his gigantic “electronic brain” named EMERAC. Will Hepburn and Tracy fall in love? Will the research department be replaced by a machine? Will someone push that giant button on EMERAC, even after being told to never touch it? Watch the movie and find out! And munch on a brownie (or four) while watching!

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OK…brownie time

What I did: I made half a recipe and baked it in two mini-loaf pans. I did not include the cinnamon or nuts. For the instant coffee, I used instant espresso. For the chopped chocolate, I chopped some Guittard bittersweet chocolate discs. The discs are awesome because they’re so easy to chop!

How it went: This recipe came together easily. I was nervous, though. I’ve been making the same brownie recipe for many years because it turns out for me. This was the first time trying a different recipe in a long time. The batter came together nicely and I baked the small pans for 24 minutes. After cooling, I  loosened up the edges and they popped right out of the pan. I was glad that I followed the instructions to butter the pans and use parchment, even though I was tempted to take a shortcut and just spray the pans. I chilled them before cutting and then left them at room temperature before tasting.

How it tasted: These are a dense, chocolaty, butter-rich indulgence. Best served in small pieces (even if you have more than one). I loved the taste and especially loved the texture. If I were taking brownies to a picnic, I’d probably go for something less rich, because that’s the type of occasion when you’d like to have a big hunk o’ brownie in your hand. While I didn’t feel that these needed any further embellishment like frosting or whipped cream, I do wonder how they’d be cut into tiny bits and mixed in with ice cream. I have a feeling I wouldn’t be disappointed. My husband gave these a thumbs-up and described them as a “sophisticated brownie.”

Would I make this again?: These are going in the file for when I need a really rich chocolate bite and as an idea for an ice cream mix-in.

Lisa of Surviving Oz. Lisa had the honors of selecting this week’s recipe because she designed the new Tuesdays With Dorie logo. It’s great! Don’t you love the Eiffel Tower? Although Lisa is not a TWD member, she baked along with us and you can see the recipe here.


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