Holy Brownie Batter, Batman!

I received a request for baked goods in the shape of the Batman symbol. To which I said, “uh, YES!”

So I hopped on Amazon and found this awesome invention:

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Yes, Justice will be served….along with some cookies….and perhaps and glass of milk!

The requester didn’t specifically ask for brownies, but I’m still shopping for the perfect brownie recipes, so I thought, “Brownie Batmans!”

I used this brownie recipe over on Handle the Heat for the first time. It promises “chewy, but not raw batter.” Yes, that’s what I need. They came our of the oven GORGEOUS, with a beautiful glossy crust on top, and my tester toothpick came out with just a few non-goopey crumbles.

batmanbrownies1Last time I made brownies, we tried to cut and serve them while they were still pretty warm. This time, with that cookie cutter in mind, I let them cool for several hours. Really. At least 2. I touched the top of them, and they felt cool. The pan felt cool. Ok great, time to make NANANANANANA BATMAN!

Then, disaster struck Gotham.

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These were the remnants.

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Out of that WHOLE PAN, this is what I managed to get. Four pathetic, crumpled bat signals.

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This was my most successful one.

The next day, after they’d cooled and settled overnight, they were ok. I still didn’t love them. They were not the brownies that Gotham needed.

So I’ve come to the conclusion that what I’m really pining for is CAKEY brownies. Brownies that I can successfully eat while they’re still warm. Is that such a crime? Everybody seems to be down on cakey brownies. Well I’m going to make me my own brownie recipe, that I can eat straight out of the oven. Darn it.

Chocolate Catastrophe Almost Averted

This was a tough week for J and I. My grandmother died on Monday. She was 89 and ill, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected, but it still sucks. We had to drive a state over for the funeral, so I’ve been away from my kitchen for a few days. We got home late last night, and close friends of ours were scheduled to come up from down south to visit us today on their way to another destination. Since its so hard to plan these kind of cross-country visits and we really needed some lighthearted company anyways, we told them to keep our date.

After they got here, the boys took off for the garage to go play with man-toys, and my gal A and I decided that we needed to spend the afternoon making brownies! Because, BROWNIES!!!!! Now, I’ve been on the hunt for The Perfect Brownie Recipe. I have found The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, but those perfect brownies have eluded me. This time, we decided to try this recipe that I found on Pinterest, and the original recipe is over on Life Made Simple – http://lifemadesimplebakes.com/2014/06/thick-chewy-better-boxed-brownies/. 

Things started off well.

To me, the proportions of flour to cocoa powder and wet ingredients seemed a little off, but hey, I like my brownies chewy, so I’ll go with it.

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A and I, of course, managed to get chocolate ALL OVER my kitchen as we “tested” the batter, which we had to clean up quickly so A’s sweet little girls, Chloe and Delilah, wouldn’t get an unhealthy dose of theobromine.

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The batter came out fairly thick (and was incredibly tasty, salmonella be damned). The recipe says cook time approximately 25 minutes, give or take one or two minutes. At the 25 minute point, they were looking fully cooked and delectable.

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And then we cut into them. And they were raw. Now, as much as we loved licking the spoon, the goal was fully baked brownies. So we put them back in the oven for five minutes. And then another five. And then another ten….Finally, after another almost 25 minutes in the oven, we came to the conclusion that they were as done as they were going to get. And

they STILL looked like a big, goopy, chocolate catastrophe.brownies4bronwies8

I like chewy brownies, but this was a little ridiculous. You couldn’t even pick one up in a brownie square, they just fell apart in a big chocolate lava puddle.

Ok then, if they’re only edible with a spoon…….

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Chocolate mud a la mode!!!!!!!

A and I snuggled up on the couch to watch the Cooking Channel with our brownies and ice cream, and as each of us got about 1/3rd of the way through our bowl, looked at each other, and went………”oohhffffff TOO MUCH CHOCOLATE”. Which, I know, is blasphemous in some circles….but…….ugh. I feel like I swallowed a chocolate brick. Luckily the husbands stepped in and cleaned up the scene.

Soooooo A and I decided that we need to make our own brownie recipe. Brownies that are edible without a spoon and a stomach pump. But we still had fun! And got some girl time love in, which is much more important than chocolate.