December 17, 2009

The Best Brownie Ever


Okay, so you've already had it. The best one ever put into your mouth, one which you savored every bite and morsel, one that you exclaim to be the new standard from now on and one you wish was credited to your own baking skills. Turns out, this recipe has been around for a long time and published many times, in newspapers, magazines and on the internet. Hey, I said it was the best one ever, aren’t you listening?

My neighborhood is interesting to say the least but what I love about it is that is so rich in traditions – like never return a dish empty or never receive a gift without giving back. Last week, it seems we had an over abundance of shelled pecans. We gave a bag to our good neighbor Marilyn Higgs and thought nothing of it. And then, she called last night and told us she was bringing over some brownies with the pecans we had given to her. After the first bite, still warm and creamy, that’s when I said it, "it's the best one ever". Seems the recipe was printed many years ago in a magazine and as the story goes, Katharine Hepburn whipped these up when reporters came for interviews. She wanted the rooms filled with the sweet aroma of homemade chocolate bliss. It does just that and like I said - are you listening ... it is the best brownie I have ever had. Enjoy!

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

2 squares (2 oz) unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Add butter and chocolate in a small saucepan and stir on low heat (or use a double boiler) to melt. Do not let the butter get hot enough to bubble.

Mix the sugar and eggs in a bowl using a wire whisk. Fold in the chocolate mixture. Stir in the vanilla. Sift in the dry ingredients and fold in the nuts.

Bake in a floured 8x8-inch pan for about 40 minutes. Remove and let cool. Cut while a little warm.

11 comments :

  1. The brownies lookk mmmm...You know even in India we too have this tradition that never return a dish empty.You are very lucky to have such good neighbors!!

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  2. I love brownies.....always my favourite if they are chewy. These just look so delicious. I do need some with my hot coffee now.

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  3. Such a wonderful idea, never returning an empty dish.

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  4. Wow! I will have to try these ... after I lose about 10 holiday pounds, that is!!

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  5. #1 I love Katharine Hepburn
    #2 I love brownies

    Therefore, I absolutely adore this recipe!!!

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  6. I've actually made this recipe and it truely is one of the best brownie recipes around. It's a classic.

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  7. Love brownies! I've used this recipe, too, and I do agree...it's just about the best one ever.

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  8. Mmm.. brownies - those look terrific! I need to make some asap!

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  9. Well, after that rave review (and the mention of the unforgettable Katharine Hepburn), I am definitely going to have to try these.

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  10. Katherine Hepburn Brownies! This is such a cute recipe - I will have to try it so I can feel like a starlet waiting for reporters! :)

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  11. Oh wow, I guess this is something that I shouldn't miss! What else....saving it up LOL! haha... Have a great day.

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