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Brownie advice (post #63883)

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I've been getting bored with my standard brownie recipe lately. I made the mint ones from FC today for a change and was kind of underwhelmed.

Adele (and everyone else), I know you're out there! What are some of your favorites? No cakey recipes please, we're a fudgy/chewy household.

mer's picture

(post #63883, reply #1 of 77)

waiting with bated breath to see what Adele says... :) I haven't made brownies in ages. Maybe I should this weekend.

soccermom's picture

(post #63883, reply #2 of 77)

Mmm, the Prescription-Strength Brownies posted by Jean (I think) are now my default. Perfect chewy brownies. Best when I've used a good quality cocoa. They are whipped up in minutes because they don't require melted chocolate.


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Jean's picture

(post #63883, reply #3 of 77)

They're from the Weekend Baker. Here's the link.


http://forums.taunton.com/tp-cookstalk/messages?msg=22951.37




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soccermom's picture

(post #63883, reply #5 of 77)

Thanks for the link; I emailed the original to myself, but the stained recipe is on my fridge. It gets a lot of use--and a lot of requests.


I meant to email you about the chocolate ginger cookies we tried a week or two ago. Although I was really happy with their taste the first day, they didn't age well at all. I stored them in a tin and they were really hard by the next day. I ended up throwing many away. Did yours last well? Perhaps I should have stored them in a ziplock...


 


 

 

 

Jean's picture

(post #63883, reply #11 of 77)

I stored mine in a tightly covered Tupperware container and they were still great at the end of the week. They stayed nice and chewy. I would have tried freezing them, but I didn't think that the chocolate would tolerate it.



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soccermom's picture

(post #63883, reply #17 of 77)

Maybe I'll try that next time; they were delicious when fresh. So many cookies, so little time ...

 


 

 

 

Adele's picture

(post #63883, reply #4 of 77)

I never tried the minty ones, ought to now that I have mint growing all over. 


I always end up going back to these ones:  Chiqui's Aunt Tia's- super easy, super good, the Prescription Strength, Todd English's- Wolvie posted these once, they have the toffee on the bottom, which is good too, but I've been just making the brownie part.  There is a bittersweet that I enjoy too, I think CLS posted it once.  I'm not home and will check at lunchtime.


I tried two new ones the last couple of weeks, darned if I can remember from where, will get these at lunch too.  One in particular is really good & was made w/cocoa. 


I've been experimenting with dried fruit.  Really, really like a bit of dried cherry but ran out.  Didn't want to use cranberries and tried dried apricots, cut up.  Very tasty.  I don't use a lot, not always some in every square.


None of these are cakey. 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Jean's picture

(post #63883, reply #12 of 77)

The mint ones from FC use a mint tea bag for flavor. Do you have a recipe that uses fresh mint?



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SallyBR1's picture

(post #63883, reply #13 of 77)

Am I the only human being who does not care for the combo mint/chocolate?

 


 


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Jean's picture

(post #63883, reply #14 of 77)

Maybe--maybe not ;-)




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SallyBR1's picture

(post #63883, reply #15 of 77)

Yeap. It was a very stupid question.

Shame on me... :-)

 


 


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Aberwacky's picture

(post #63883, reply #16 of 77)

Nope.  I don't care for it either.  Now lemon/mint or lemon/chocolate, yes.  Mint/chocolate?  Never did it for me.


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beebuzzled's picture

(post #63883, reply #23 of 77)

Same here. I also cannot abide chocolate covered fruit, though chocolate almonds and macadamia nuts I like.

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Lee's picture

(post #63883, reply #21 of 77)

No, there are a least 2 of us.

cookie1's picture

(post #63883, reply #24 of 77)

I don't care for the mint chocolate combo! Only if I am craving sweets and desperate.

Cheryl


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MadMom's picture

(post #63883, reply #26 of 77)

Way back in the day, when I was young and dinosaurs roamed the earth, my favorite movie snack was "Junior Mints" which were little tiny (maybe dime sized) chocolate covered mints.  I still love them, but I'm afraid that with the exception of cheap candy, chocolate and mint is not my favorite combination.



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cookie1's picture

(post #63883, reply #28 of 77)

I remember junior mints too!

Cheryl


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unbaked's picture

(post #63883, reply #35 of 77)

I used to buy a big box of Juinior Mints at the movies :)

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Adele's picture

(post #63883, reply #36 of 77)

York Peppermint Patty, my Mom's fav.  Klondike bars now have peppermint patty, along with Heath.  Not that I would have them in the freezer.  :)   


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

MadMom's picture

(post #63883, reply #37 of 77)

When I was a teenager, my Dad loved Valentine's Day, because my current boyfriend would always get me a big box of chocolates.  Since most of the chocolates had nuts in them, which I didn't eat, my Dad would get them.  One year, a very wise boyfriend got around this by taking a large needle and heavy thread and putting about 200 York peppermint patties into a huge garland, which was my Valentine's Day "chocolates."  I loved it!  Dad was not nearly so excited, LOL.



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Tana's picture

(post #63883, reply #39 of 77)

"I used to buy a big box of Juinior Mints at the movies."

I used to do the same, but would dump the whole box into a bag of popcorn. A bite of chocolate, a bite of salt,...

Now I can't stand the combination of chocolate with mint. Actually, it's not just the chocolate mint combination. It's anything that has mint.

helena's picture

(post #63883, reply #31 of 77)

No! It kind of grosses me out :o) And my husband too. If you'd come to the Netherlands, you'd not be in the minority ;o)

courgette's picture

(post #63883, reply #32 of 77)

Laura Secord French mint bars are a weakness of mine. Have been known to buy a case (24?) from the Fanny Farmer outlet store. And the mice like them too!


Mo

knitpik's picture

(post #63883, reply #33 of 77)

After Eight. Yum

assibams's picture

(post #63883, reply #38 of 77)

Chocolate covered Mentadent toothpaste, that's what After Eights really are LOL


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knitpik's picture

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You're bad. LOL

On the other hand I saw a set of toothpaste on a blog with all kinds of weird flavours including curry. YUK

assibams's picture

(post #63883, reply #42 of 77)

Curry toothpaste, how gross! And I do love curry. DH buys his toothpaste in Japan, and I can't stand the taste, some sort of tropical citrus blend, yuck, nothing minty at all. Funny, as much as I dislike mint in foods or sweets, I love it in tea and toothpaste.


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knitpik's picture

(post #63883, reply #43 of 77)

I love curry too but not in my toothpaste. Thanks.

When I was a kid, for birthdays and other special occasions, my grandma and I would always share our favorite liqueur - Creme de Menthe:-)

debe5t's picture

(post #63883, reply #34 of 77)

The mint-chocolate combo makes my stomach hurt.Deb

Adele's picture

(post #63883, reply #18 of 77)

Jean- wasn't aware that mint tea was used, guess that's why I never tried it.  Freezing the brownies doesn't change the taste, I just lay them on a napkin for a little bit, I don't actually eat them frozen. 


The two newer recipes I tried are also from Bittersweet!  Classic Unsweetened-Chocolate Brownies (she has variations for other types of chocolate too) and Best Cocoa Brownies.  Both are nice and chewy. 


Edit:  HeeHee, another newer one I tried was from Baking with Julia, Mocha???


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!


Edited 3/8/2006 1:52 pm ET by Adele

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!