I can follow directions for recipes, or so I thought.
I tried making brownies for the first time just now. Measured everything exactly. Realized that the "forty strokes" called for on the box was not near enough to mix the water/oil and egg (that I already mixed up) with the box's contents, so kept stirring by hand until it was thoroughly mixed.
Put it in the preheated and oiled pan as called for. 8" x 8" metal like suggested. Baked for exactly 38 minutes in the 325 F preheated oven. They had called for 38 - 42 minutes, but I remembered a trick (or so I thought) and at 38 minutes inserted a toothpick and had it cleanly go in and come out.
I took the pan out and let it cool.
I cut them into 16 brownies and immediately noticed they were not 2" high. They seemed about the same height as when I spooned the mixture in.
They taste OK.
Where the brownies touched the sides of the pan were hard to press my metal spachula through. Not burned, but crusty. The bottom third of the brownies seem to be a darker color and a denser texture.
Something aint right
Any ideas what could have happened?