TwD: Baking Best Ever Brownies with Julia

Growing up, I never had brownies for dessert as my family followed the cake and pie routes to satisfy our sweet tooth. That being said, I personally had no preference going into this recipe towards cakey, fudgy, chewy, or whatever other description brownie-lovers seem to favor. However, these “Best Ever Brownies” may have hit the mark. The brownies were soft, moist and seemed to have a melted layer of chocolate within them. This consistency can be attributed to a couple of factors. The recipe calls for an extra step of whipping part of the eggs and sugar before folding them into the chocolate batter, while the brownies themselves are only baked to “barely set”. These factors definitely make the resulting brownies worth the effort.

As a few side notes, I’m always concerned about how to get brownies out of the pan, and this time was no different. The recipe calls for the brownies to be baked in an unbuttered glass or ceramic pan. I was doubtful, so I lined my pan with parchment paper just to be on the safe side. Also, because these brownies are so soft, the ones on the edge were easier to hold in hand to eat. Make sure to serve the middle pieces on a plate for less mess. If you’d like to try your hand at these Best Ever Brownies in time for Thanksgiving, head over to this week’s host, Monica of A Beautiful Mess, where she’s posted the recipe.

82 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 08:36:21

    They look so dark and fudgy! I really liked this recipe. I too, always line up my square pans with foil; itΒ΄s so easy to unmold things that way. Have a great week!

  2. kitchen flavours
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 08:55:50

    Oh yum! Looks so good! A glass of cold milk would be perfect with these!

  3. Inger Wilkerson
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 09:00:24

    “a melted layer of chocolate within”–sounds perfect!

  4. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 09:08:41

    These do look perfect, I can tell by the shiny tops and the crumbly middles. I’m intrigued that there’s a moist layer in the middle as well. I love brownies!!

  5. smartfoodandfit
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 09:10:34

    Can never go wrong with baking brownies, great any time of year! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! πŸ™‚

  6. Cher
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 09:49:58

    Yep, parchment paper saves the day.
    The chewy, somewhat gooey centers were a positive on this recipe!

  7. The Perky Poppy Seed
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 10:18:38

    These look…. like they are super awesome:)

  8. apuginthekitchen
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 10:33:21

    It was much the same for me, cakes and pies not so much brownies. These look wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Elaine
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 10:37:56

    Your brownies look lovely and I am so glad that you enjoyed them. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  10. saffronandhoney
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 10:47:49

    These look nice and fudgy!

  11. Sara
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 11:15:29

    wow, those are some fudge-y brownies! Very nice! My grandmother makes brownies for Christmas, and those are usually the only ones I eat, so I wouldn’t say I have a favorite brownie “type” either. But I like the molten look of yours! I might have to try them again, with less baking time!

  12. Skylor @sprouthealthlifestyle
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 12:20:13

    thanks for mentioning the part about whipping the eggs and sugar – i never take those extra steps bc i figure they cant make that much of a difference. Good to know that I am wrong in that sense!

  13. Choc Chip Uru
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 12:43:55

    Mmmm your photo is fantastic… I need brownies now πŸ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Mary
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 12:48:29

    those look irresistable!
    Mary x

  15. hotlyspiced
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 13:52:52

    Your brownies look very yummy and I love how you photographed them. I wonder why she says to cook them in a glass container. I don’t have one of those and I’m sure I’d use parchment paper too – just to be sure! xx

  16. kitchen therapy
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 15:07:22

    Your brownies look absolutely perfect!
    I lined my pan with parchment paper too!

  17. Jessica of My Baking Heart
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 15:59:44

    Love how the center of yours looks like they’re oozing chocolate! πŸ™‚

  18. loavesandstitches
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 16:00:21

    I wish I had used parchment. But, it’s no big deal since I probably won’t be making these again. Yours look super gooey in the middle. Very nice.

  19. TrafficDiva
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 16:02:02

    To the fellow readers and bloggers of YummyChuklet…she brought these over for me and our Afternoon Drive Team..believe me when I say….
    BEST! EVER! BROWNIES! OMG…EVER!!! Thanks again, Yummy…You’re the BEST EVER!!! Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!!! =)

  20. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 16:49:06

    Oh my fudgey goodness! These look amazing! : )

  21. Velva
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 19:38:47

    My family goes nuts for brownies. A pan can be gone in an instant.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe!


  22. Juliana
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 19:40:26

    Your brownies look great…very rich and color and flavor…I just need a glass of milk to go with it πŸ™‚
    Have a great week!

  23. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 19:59:37

    oh wow! these really do look like the perfect brownie!

  24. Geraldine Saucier
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 20:43:05

    Oh, I love your brownies. The nice top and the fudgy center. Perfect Brownies:)

  25. foodfashionandflow (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 21:15:22

    I never get tired of brownies and these look so ooey gooey and good!

  26. Ronda
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 21:35:03

    They look great! It is a good idea to line the pans first too.

  27. cooking varieties
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 21:57:50

    hi dear. the pic looks fantastic- like no other brownies more delicious than this one. have a nice day

  28. The Squishy Monster
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 22:01:37

    I mean, it looks like fudge in the center—I can’t help but agree to their deliciousness!!

  29. vianney
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 00:29:55

    gooey goodness,

  30. Promenade Claire
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 00:41:51

    Another keeper Yummy! I made sime really great Borwnies when I was in France last winter, but couldn’t remember what the recipe was. made some ove rsummer and they were no where near as yummy. So back to the drawing boad, and I’ll try these πŸ™‚ Thank you for being my researcher πŸ˜‰

  31. anita menon
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 02:56:21

    Scrumptious brownies….

  32. My Kitchen Stories
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 04:56:20

    I never cook without parchment paper no matter what the vessel, and especially with brownies this decadent. You cannot have eaten the whole container Miss Yummy, surely you’d have a chocolate hangover

    Nov 21, 2012 @ 06:28:15

    Parchment paper is such a great idea! I wish I thought of that. Your brownies look absolutely perfect!! I baked mine a bit longer because I didn’t want them so wet in the middle…I think I’m a more cakey, chewy brownie lover!

  34. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 08:43:19

    I love these brownies! I thought about doing parchment paper or aluminum foil but I just buttered my nonstick pan and hoped for the best and they came out alright. Happy Thanksgiving!

  35. Jasline
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 11:18:13

    I love fudgy brownies, and I’ve been dying to find one that has a soft and fudgy center with a thin, papery crust on top, and yours look perfect! I always line the parchment paper with an overhang, so that I can lift the brownies out easily. πŸ™‚ I’m off to check out the recipe!

  36. cecilia
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 11:47:23

    You know? I never ate brownies until I came to america! true! c

  37. Andrea
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 11:49:20

    Fudgey yummy goodness!

  38. cookingsgoodSuzi
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 15:37:01

    Oh yeah, these look so chewy and moist. Parchement paper has become my new best friend, LOL. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

  39. Tandy
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 23:40:01

    they look divine! I have seen a brownie tin which partitions them off and I am really considering buying one as these are such a nice dessert πŸ™‚

  40. cakewhiz
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 02:16:54

    if i wasn’t on a diet…i would be finishing off those 2 brownies in record time …lol πŸ˜‰

  41. francesca
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 05:31:15

    So creamy this cake!!
    Love it!!!

  42. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 07:49:36

    Oh chocolately, gooey goodness. Those look amazing. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  43. Balvinder
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 09:40:59

    Gosh!What are you guys doing! Saw this on Liz’s blog also. They look the best.

  44. Liz
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 10:02:39

    Perfectly done!!! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!!!

  45. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 10:52:38

    Your brownies look incredible! Soft, gooey, and amazing!!!

  46. 21stcenturyhousewife
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 12:49:55

    These brownies look seriously amazing – so chocolatey and gorgeous!

  47. Beth
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 13:42:59

    These brownies look like the “best ever”!

  48. Maureen
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 19:52:03

    I think these brownies look perfect. I’m a nut brownie person but I’d sacrifice for a bite of one of these.

  49. eatinglikeahorse
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 00:52:32

    My mum never really made brownies either – except a white chcolate version when we were a bit older which was immense! These look so fudgy and chewy, and as though they more than live up to their billing! Off to check out the recipe…

  50. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 04:12:06

    My daughter loves brownies! but I have never baked them!
    I think I need to change that soon!

  51. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 06:40:36

    Me too, I never grew up eating brownies and I still remember my first time eating brownies… so good! I rarely make brownies for my family, but your delicious brownies made me want to make some and eat with vanilla ice cream… πŸ™‚

  52. Amanda
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 11:33:00

    oh yummy! They look delicious!

  53. rebecca
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 12:42:53

    they look perfect to me

  54. Cakelaw
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 15:34:48

    Your brownies look fabulous. Brownies weren’t big in Oz when I was growing up, so I don’t have a strong preference either.

  55. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 15:41:47

    Oh my, these look so fudgy and full of chocolate! Yum!

  56. gfcelebration
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 16:54:27

    Super fudgey and delicious looking brownies. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.

  57. teaandscones
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 21:23:15

    These were soooooo good. Fudgy is my fav. Yours look just perfect.

  58. Lilly Sue
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 22:35:34

    Yum!! So delicious looking!! πŸ™‚

  59. Jessica
    Nov 24, 2012 @ 00:11:18

  60. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Nov 24, 2012 @ 05:57:38

    Wow these really do look like amazing brownies…I love my brownies all moist inside and crumbly on the outside…looks fantastic!!

  61. Ameena
    Nov 24, 2012 @ 06:52:52

    Funny enough, we never had cake or pies but brownies for dessert growing up! IT was easier to feature Duncan Hines best I guess? LOL

  62. Cathleen
    Nov 24, 2012 @ 15:56:22

    So dark and rich looking! Yummm.

  63. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 00:40:09

    MMM brownies are my favorite dessert! These look so gooey and delicious!

  64. Parsley Sage
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 06:24:35

    Looking good! I’m a big fan of brownie desserts, with ice cream and nuts too! Yours do look pretty ‘best’ πŸ™‚

  65. Jenn and Seth
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 08:03:30

    these sound like some AMAZING brownies, I need to give these a try!

  66. Betty
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 11:05:22

    I love gooey, fudgey brownies. These look perfect to me! πŸ™‚

  67. Audrey Allure
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 12:34:46

    Mmm, those look wonderful!

  68. Healthy cooking Blog
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 12:40:42

    Looks Great and perfect for after dinner treat..

  69. Reem | Simply Reem
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 12:45:42

    I was just thinking about brownies…And now I see this!!
    Deliciousness Always!

  70. Karen
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 15:40:43

    I have never met a brownie that I didn’t like…these look good.

  71. Baking is my Zen
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 16:56:46

    Your brownies look delectable. Thanks for your tips. Have not made them yet. Look forward to it.


  72. Ckay
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 17:39:20

    Parchment paper is one the the most used items when I bake…and it always does his job perfectly.
    Your picture is fantastic: it really shows how fudgy they are. I’m so glad you loved them and …73 comments so far, wow! This is so great!

  73. Zoe
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 18:52:22

    The fudgy inside of these brownies look so irresistible πŸ˜€

  74. libishski
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 04:13:47

    Best Ever Brownies?

    That’s a big call but they sure look fantastic!

  75. Scrambled Megs
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 05:18:44

    These brownies look incredible. The middles! arrrrghhhhhhhhhh x

  76. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 07:34:12

    i am all for brownies, especially if you queen of baking all things Julia say they are the best! I am making them for sure

  77. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 09:44:38

    They look perfect! I have such a weakness for brownies so I can’t bake them often otherwise I’d eat the whole pan myself:)

  78. Katerina
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 11:50:18

    They look absolutely and utterly decadent! I would love to have one or two or even three pieces!

  79. Chaya
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 19:34:16

    I made these brownies, a while ago, and loved them. You are inspiring me to make them again.

  80. Kristin
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 21:06:22

    Those look delightfully chewy! Mmmmmm!

  81. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 03:42:29

    Ooey, gooey and fudgy – Now that’s my kinda brownie! πŸ™‚

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