best brownies ever. I was up to the challenge!
Oh, here is my little secret about these brownies. I actually made them twice. Yes, it is true. I had a total baking disaster the first time. I got all the way through, basically, and had put them back into the oven for additional cooking time and then totally forgot about them. I left the house, went to pick up my daughter from school, had a conference with her teacher, came home and heard the oven timer going BING BING BING. Thankfully, my house did not burn down in the process! Yes, not only did I cook them a little longer than the recipe called for, I cooked them about an HOUR more than the recipe called for. I can certainly say that at that point they were NOT gooey in the inside! What is surprising, to me, is that they were dry around the outsides, but still shockingly moist in the middle! After an EXTRA HOUR in the oven. We all have our baking mishaps!
Conclusion: They are definitely gooey in the middle, which doesn't seem like a bad thing necessarily. I don't feel like I am eating raw dough, so that is good, though I think I like my brownies to be a little firmer. Flavor-wise, I think these brownies are lacking something. They seem very one note, almost bland. My other brownie recipe screams "CHOCOLATE" much more loudly than does this recipe. So, I have to disagree with the recipe author, Rick Katz, when it comes to the "best" brownie recipe. It isn't this one. It remains the other one!
Thank you to Monica of A Beautiful Mess for hosting this recipe. She will have posted the recipe on her site. If you want to see what other bakers thought of this brownie recipe, visit the Tuesday's with Dorie blog and click on "LYL:Best Ever Brownies". That is where we all leave our blog links to share our experiences!