The brownie files
You’re all tired of hearing about my brownies, but here you are reading about them yet again! I’ve decided that I just don’t like brownies. I like to bake them, but I cannot enjoy them. I don’t even like licking the batter off of the spatula now, which is something I lived for as a kid. When I think back on all of the brownies I liked, I realize that they were all years ago. In fact, the last time I truly appreciated a brownie was probably sophomore year of college, when I learned to make Ghirardelli brownies from the box, and that may have just been for the novelty of making them myself.
Mom (happy birthday!) used to make some fabulous brownies with cream cheese swirling through them, and I’ve kind of had those on the brain lately. Mom, where is that recipe? I need something salty or tangy or otherwise not totally sweet to distract me. As I put the batter together for these, I kept thinking that they’d taste of little other than chocolate and butter. But even with three times as much chocolate as the Mark Bittman brownies I made a few weeks ago, I still couldn’t focus on it. These also have fifty percent more sugar in them; maybe that’s the problem? Can I just cut back on sugar and increase chocolate? Can I replace white sugar with brown sugar? Or should I just make Nigella’s dense chocolate cake when I need a fix?
Carly pointed me to an Ina Garten recipe that calls for a hilarious pound of butter and a couple pounds of various chocolate products. I can’t afford to make those! And Mom mentions a Cook’s Illustrated recipe with cocoa powder in it. That one will be next, and if I don’t gobble them up, I’m off brownies until I have kids.