Saturday, June 10, 2006

The Best Cocoa Brownies


Often, for me, the measure of a good cookbook is in the success of the very first recipe that I attempt from it. If it emerges a raving success, I gleefully congratulate myself on money well spent and bring out the Post-It stickies to flag yet other recipes I'd like to try. By that merit alone, one of my latest purchases, Alice Medrich's Bittersweet, was a tremendous hit.

Because my schedule of late hasn't really permitted me to do much in the kitchen other than boil water for pasta or make scrambled eggs, I was looking for something simple yet satisfying. Sweets for the stressed, is what I like to call the fat food that my colleagues and I munch helplessly at our desks during the last month of every quarter when impossible deadlines and printing schedules collide.

These moist, chewy, dark as midnight brownies were everything that Ms Medrich promised. There is not a drop of real chocolate in it, but the three-quarter cup plus two tablespoons of the best Dutch-processed cocoa made these intensely chocolately, and received an A for both taste and texture. They are, as they have been named by the author, The Best Cocoa Brownies ever. I can't wait to try more of her recipes.

12 Comments:

Anonymous mae said...

Sounds wickedly delicious and so tempting...

5:11 am  
Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

oh my...all ur pic looks so wonderful...

5:19 pm  
Blogger Sara said...

those look great. too tempting though!

4:27 am  
Blogger Paz said...

They do look good!

Paz

1:56 pm  
Blogger J said...

hi, ooh, yum, "naked" cake for "naked" eaters at its best ;)begging for, the lily gilders amongst us, nothing more than a scoop of your yummy home churned ice cream. where's my share, may i ask ;P

3:30 pm  
Blogger Valisa said...

the first few months I got the book, I went to bed with it... and most of the time the result - I am just too greedy, I confess - to stop and arrange for lightings and camera so I haven't blogged anything about my adventures with my Medrich :P your brownies look awesome!

1:35 am  
Blogger jenjen said...

oh wow, this just looks so heavenly. I would be licking the screen right now if it weren't for fear of being caught!

6:48 am  
Anonymous spots said...

looks yummy, i think i'll hv to get the book, unless u're willing to share the recipe ?

10:42 am  
Blogger Gustad said...

no real chocolate!! oh lord

10:52 pm  
Blogger sonikbyte said...

Those brownies looks yummyyyyy :D

5:47 pm  
Anonymous Nicky said...

I never tried brownies without real chocolate, so I'm pretty curious to find out... Besides - "Bittersweet" has been on my wishlist for quite some time ;)

4:00 pm  
Blogger boo_licious said...

eggy, that looks great! I'm going to give that a try since it was a toss between her cocoa or her bittersweet version with that plunge in ice bath method. Thxs for inspiring me, hope mine turn out well as I had a dismal brownie tryout tday.

3:40 am  

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