Tuesdays with Dorie this week is all about Rick Katz’s Brownies for Julia chosen by Tanya at Chocolatechic. The story behind these brownies is in the book, but as you can guess from the title, these are the brownies that Rick Katz used to make for Julia Child while they were working on one of her books.
TWD: Rick Katz’s Brownies for Julia
The brownie recipe is unique in the way they batter comes together. While there was some confusion among the group about exactly how they were supposed to come together, I have found with many of Dorie’s recipes that if I read her introductions as well as reading the recipe through at least once before I get started, I have much better luck with understanding what I need to do.
As I was thinking about that, I realized that may be a handy tip – that seems obvious, but may not really be, for anyone who is starting out learning how to bake or cook. I always read the ingredient list, any notes, introductions, etc. and the recipe instructions through all the way – at least one time – before I start making the recipe. I didn’t used to do this and without exception, the times when I just jumped in without that preparation, were the times that I failed. So, while it isn’t really very sage advice, if you are just starting out, it may be some of the best advice for baking success that I can think of.
These brownies were really wonderful. I made mine a little thinner than the original recipe intended by baking them in a larger pan. I know I’m not a fun of brownies that are super fudgey in texture. What was an unexpected bonus for me was that by switching the pan, I ended up with a brownie that was thin and a little chewy – especially on the edges – which I really liked. They ended up having just the right ratio of chewy to fudgey texture for me in this case – with a nice crusty top layer.
The different steps to putting these brownies together, which included whisking the eggs, then adding half to the chocolate mixture, while whipping and then folding in the remaining portion to the chocolate mixture later, then folding the dry ingredients in, etc. – was a bit fussy for me, it wasn’t hard and the results were worth it.
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