Tuesday, July 7, 2009
TWD - Tribute-To-Katharine-Hepburn Brownies
Curls floating as she strode across the screen. Trousers swishing. A poetic white blouse. All tied together by her wide smile and dark eyes. Katharine Hepburn, the Tomboy's Princess.
No scones or sponge cake or savarin for this woman. No artifice or icing. It's all about the chocolate.
This week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is Tribute-To-Katharine-Hepburn Brownies. They are an inspired tribute to a complex actress. A rich dark chocolate brownie, their flavour enhanced with coffee and a hint of cinnamon. There's the crunch of walnuts and, if eaten warm, the ooze of chocolate chunks.
One bite and I picture myself curled up on the couch, snuggled in a warm throw, a plate of brownies in one hand, warm cocoa in the other, and an old black and white movie on the tv screen.
Unfortunately, I live in the real world. I baked these brownies at 6am and the only reason there were three left after lunch was because I hid them away to photograph later.
If you have another go-to brownie recipe, put it aside today and check out this one. It can be found, under today's date, at Lisa's blog Surviving Oz. Lisa is the designer of Tuesdays With Dorie's charming new logo. She confesses to never having made a brownie from scratch. I think she's been converted now.
I used only one teaspoon of instant coffee instead of two.
I added only a pinch of cinnamon (less than an 1/8 tsp.)
I lined my pan with waxed paper which was a mistake because I had to pick it off the bottom of the brownies. Next time, parchment!
Also: I baked these again and noticed that when the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of cocoa, I automatically use 1/4 plus 1 tsp because I like the enhanced flavour. I realize that this is also a better way to make them less fall-apart-gooey than using flour, without losing flavour.