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Old 10-07-2007, 03:39 PM   #1
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Cutting Brownies

Hi, I just made Cooks illustrated version of the best brownie. They turned out beautifully except for when it came time to cut. I tried two different knives and both when dived in they stuck to the brownies and when finally able to pull out so did pieces of brownie. I was looking forward to picture perfect square brownies, but instead they came out in funky squares and crumbs. What went wrong?


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Old 10-07-2007, 03:54 PM   #2
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When I make brownies, I line the pan with parchment paper. When the brownies are done and cool enough to remove from the pan, I turn the pan upside down, which results with the parchment on top. I use the sharpest knife I have and cut through the parchment and the brownie. Mine always turn out perfectly square with little to no crumbs.

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Old 10-07-2007, 04:14 PM   #3
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I use the parchment paper as well, but I use a pizza cutter to cut mine.
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I use parchment but I use a sharp tool that not only cuts but is a server as well. It works well.
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Also, a good hot knife can help. Rinse in hot water between cuts.
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:20 AM   #6
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Also, a good hot knife can help. Rinse in hot water between cuts.
I agree.Other than that You could chill in fridge first which will make them harder and easier to cut I usually wait till the next day to cut my brownies
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:43 AM   #7
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With or without the parchment, the pizza cutter is your best bet, especially if you have nuts and/or chunks of chocolate in the brownies. Then, I take a sharp paring knife and go around to get the pan edges.

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