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Old 10-17-2005, 05:18 PM   #1
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Question ISO Brownie Cutting Tips

It's just one of those basic things that I always struggle with and get frustrated--I just can't cut brownies well. They stick to the knife, the tops break apart or lift a bit. It makes for great fun eating all the crumbs, but they don't look very good! Anyone have any tips on how to get a clean cut?

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Old 10-17-2005, 05:22 PM   #2
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Let hot water run over your knife (non-serrated) till it's warm, then quickly wipe it off with a kitchen towel and make a cut. Do this with each and every cut. This is how I've done it.

Another suggestion - when you bake the brownies, line the pan with foil first, then take them out when they're cooled in one big square. This way, when you cut, it's an even cut, and there's no lifting out of the pan.

Hope this helps, and I'd like a brownie please!
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:22 PM   #3
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I heard a bench scraper works well but I haven't actually tried it myself. Also, maybe running your knife through hot water to heat it up might give you a cleaner cut.
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Old 10-17-2005, 07:06 PM   #4
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Butter your knife.
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Old 10-18-2005, 05:36 AM   #5
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When I do brownies 'for sale', I use parchment on the bottom. Then, when the brownies are cooled, I put a cookie baking sheet on top of the brownie pan, and flip it; now the brownies are upside down on the cookie sheet. Then peel off the parchment, take another cookie sheet, lay it on top of the bottom side of the brownies, and flip it back so they're top side up again.

I have a 16" plastic ruler (from Staples) that I use to make little nicks to the size I want the brownies, both length and width-wise, then use either a sharp, wet knife - or! - a big pizza cutter to cut the squares.

Always make sure your brownies are thoroughly cooled before you try to cut; I have a recipe that even suggests 4-5 hours in the fridge to help them set up before cutting.

Hope that made sense!
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Old 10-18-2005, 07:41 AM   #6
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4 to 5 hours in the fridge? Ours don't last that long unless there are only the two of us here.
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Old 10-18-2005, 07:49 AM   #7
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Great ideas, everyone! Thanks! Now I have to bake more brownies to try them out!
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Old 10-18-2005, 10:54 AM   #8
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I saw Alton Brown use a pizza wheel to cut brownies.
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Old 10-18-2005, 10:56 AM   #9
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Pizza wheel? Now THAT is a cool idea. I'd need a bigger one than I've got though. Do they come in various sizes?
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They also now make pizza wheels that are made of plastic so you can use them in a non stick pan. That could come in handy for cutting brownies.
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