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Old 12-03-2007, 12:57 AM   #11
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Try not to grease the sides of the pan---only the bottom. The greased sides tend to make the batter stick to them as they bake and therefore will be dried out and bake before the rest of the brownies. I read that tip somewhere and it works for me.
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Old 12-03-2007, 06:02 AM   #12
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That must be why they were on sale college cook
I will try that tip next time expatgirl. Thanks.

I tried another one last night and they had turned into bricks
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Old 12-03-2007, 06:16 AM   #13
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I've never made brownies from a box so it might be different, but I have been told many a time my brownies are the very best people have eaten and IMO most people over cook their brownies, I don't know if its the same with boxed ones...I use a very large roasting pan and 38 minutes is probably DOUBLE what I'd cook mine for!
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:30 AM   #14
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After posting in this thread I had to go out and buy a box of brownies (there goes my diet).

Since I was ruining my diet anyway I figured 'what the heck, lets do it right' and bought a bag of mini marshmallows and a bag of Ghiardelli milk choclate chips.

after mixing the batter for "cake like" brownies (three eggs vice two) I folded in about a cup of marshmallows and a quarter cup of the chips. Put this concoction in a brownie pan (dunno where it came from, found it the other day in the back of my pan cabinet).

I wound up tossing in a small handful of chips at the 30 minute point (and dumped all the heat). Wound up cooking them for an addtional 7 and 8 minutes (dumped the heat again for toothpick check).

Finally the toothpick was coming out with sticky crumbs rather than batter, so I figured time to yank them. Waited 15 minutes and turned them out (first time using parchment and non-stick spray in the bottom of the pan... OMG why don't people advertize this trick?! Goodbye stuck in the pan brownies).

For some reason, the edges are only slightly crispy (more from cooked marshmallow and chocolate than anything else) and the centers are moist and done...

It's more like a snack cake than a brownie... but desh sho fumgnin doogin nummr...

Er scuse me, typing with mouth full... they're so freaking good and yummy...
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:35 AM   #15
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I'm sure preheating the pan was the reason your edges were hard and crunchy. The batter cooked much faster because of the hot pan, causing them to overcook by the time the middle was done.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:44 AM   #16
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A dark colored pan as opposed to a lighter colored metal pan makes a difference too. I've decided dark ones are useless, I won't buy them anymore, they burn everything on the bottom.
The recipe on the box of Baker's unsweetened chocolate squares is very good also, if you like a nice chewy brownie. Not difficult and you only need 1 bowl.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:45 AM   #17
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Just curious Vapor, did they rise at all for you? I don't have the box handy, but I thought I remember it saying they should rise about 2 inches. Even if I screwed up by preheating the pan, shouldn't they have still risen?
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Old 12-07-2007, 02:10 AM   #18
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The ones I had did, but I used 3 eggs in them for "cake like" consistancy, as noted on the box. (not to mention the overdose of fluffiness from the marshmallows.)

However I couldn't find Ghiardelli Brownies, The chocolate chips were from them, but the brownies were Hersheys I think.

Not all brownies (especially boxed ones) are created equal.... And I've seen "fudge brownies" that stay flat as a pancake. That might have been it...

Or maybe the box you got was old and tired...
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