Tuesdays with Dorie: Classic Brownies

Tuesday, September 13


These are the brownies of childhood memories, and brownies that memories are made of must always have walnuts, always.

When I was little, if the warm smell of baking chocolate and toasted nuts welcomed me when I came home from school, I knew I'd done something right. I would run to the kitchen in my plaid uniform and knee sock (the left one always ended up at my ankle by the end of the day), and gaze with saucer-sized eyes at the pan of brownies cooling on the table. My mom would pour me a glass of cold milk and we would talk about everything and nothing. The fact that I wasn't allowed to have sweets very often made those moments even more precious.

It's been far too long since I've made my mom's brownies, but I found this recipe to be just as luxurious and uncluttered. The only twist was a pinch of cayenne pepper. (Dorie's recipe called for espresso powder, which I tend to inhale before I can actually bake with it.) Aside from a little heat, these were the perfect classic brownies; Fudgy, rich, and bursting with walnuts and memories.

For the recipe, please visit Anne, of Anne Strawberry. Thanks for a great pick, Anne!

And don't forget to check out all the other scrumptious brownies made by TWD bakers!

15 comments:

  1. Now that looks like my perfect brownie! I haven't been participating in TWD for a long time now (I used to post on the Clayton's blog) but I still like to check in and see how you are all doing. Not long to go before the book is done - hard to believe!

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  2. A classic that never ages/gets old. Those brownies look so moist and scrummy.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. I love the memories we have with loved ones, and food. Thank you for sharing with us. I loved this brownie, delicious!
    Have a great day.

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  4. Wow they look perfect! Im glad you enjoyed the recipe! I will make these again and double that recipe!

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  5. Love those papery thin tops, Valerie! THESE are my favorite type of brownie! :)

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  6. I love the description of brownies and your memories from growing up. Your brownies look absolutely perfect!

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  7. It really does look like the perfect classic brownie. I loved your description of the sock that always fell down!

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  8. I love to read your posts. You bring everything to life, even the brownies. Your photo match your writing, a powerful combination.

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  9. Amazing pictures and really nice post. The brownies look terrific!

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  10. Your brownies look perfect. Love the classics! Was it you I saw ask Jessica how she slice her brownies so nicely? I've learned the trick is to chill the brownies once they're cooled. A couple hours in the fridge and the slice perfectly. (Then you can still serve them room temperature.

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  11. Thanks for the great tip, Katrina! :)

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  12. I would love to come home to a pan of your brownies.
    Mimi

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  13. yes, they must always have walnuts! great brownies were one of only a few things my mum would bake for us, too. these look awesome.

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  14. Great idea using the cayenne pepper! I barely was able to detect the espresso flavor. Gorgeous photos!

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  15. I think that mite be a childhood memory many of us share. But the cayenne pepper - don't think my Mom was quite THAT creative!!!

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Happy Baking!
♥ Valerie

 

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