In Search Of
I’m in the process of finding that brownie recipe—you know, the one that is perfect in every way. I know everybody has different preferences, so I realize that this certain brownie I’m searching for might not be the one for you. But still, I was kind of hoping that maybe some of you might have brownie preferences that overlap with mine. Because the thing is, I still haven’t found (what I consider to be) the best brownie recipe.
I tried this recipe a couple months ago because it not only because it comes from Cook’s Illustrated via Smitten Kitchen, two sources I always trust and turn to, but also frankly because it had the word “classic” in its name. But in the end the brownies didn’t feel chocolaty enough while being overly sweet, and they felt too soft and cake-like.
About a week ago I tried out the brownie recipe you see in the photos here. Not willing to give up my faith in Cook’s Illustrated, I picked out another one of their recipes that promised to specifically deliver on the chocolate and chewy factors. These ended up being really chocolaty, due to the big chunks of chopped bittersweet chocolate added to the brownie batter before baking, which I liked. But even with that richness, they just seemed a little bit oily and they still didn’t seem to entirely deliver on the promise of chewiness.
I think as it stands at the moment, my favorite brownie recipe are these cheesecake-swirled brownies. Obviously the cheesecake part is pretty awesome, but I happen to think that the brownie part of that recipe is my favorite type of brownie I’ve tried. (Especially when chilled—does anyone else like their brownies cold?) Maybe I’ll try working with that recipe, without the cheesecake part, to see if I can get closer to the type of brownie I want. I’ve also been eyeing David Lebovitz’s brownies (both Robert’s Absolute Best version and the dulce de leche version) and Alice Medrich’s recipes (classic and all-cocoa versions).
But! I was hoping this is where you could come in. Before I go testing more recipes, I was wondering of you could give me guidance. Do you have a favorite brownie recipe that you’re satisfied with, and if you do, what is it? As I mentioned at the start, I realize everyone has a different “favorite.” But I figured some of you might happen to like a chocolate-packed, fudgy and not cakey, chewy brownie, just like I do. Even if that type of brownie isn’t your favorite, please let me know what is! After all, maybe the still-non-existent brownie that I’m searching for is different than what I’ve been convincing myself it is.
In case you do like the looks of these brownies here, and you’re into chewy brownies that still have a soft-texture even with the bite, try them out for yourself. In the meantime, I’ll still be on the search.