Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie: Katharine Hepburn Brownies

This week's pick was chosen by the fabulously talented Lisa who designed the new TWD logo! As an Australian I'm also excited to have discovered her blog Surviving Oz. Lisa chose Dorie's Tribute to Katharine Hepburn Brownies and I was keen to have a go at these, having sat out the last brownie challenge due to Oscar's arrival.

I consider brownies to be quintessentially American so they were the perfect pick for the fourth of July. As the 4th is also my grandma's birthday I killed 2 birds with 1 stone, so to speak. I really wanted to take something nice as she is in hospital at the moment and could do with some yumminess.

I don't have an 8" pan so had to go with a 9" metal one. To compensate I dropped the temperature by 10 deg C and baked for 25 minutes. Basically what I ended up with was a very flat chocolate slice, definitely not a brownie. It was cooked to almost dry on the edges and very well done in the middle.

It was too late to make anything else so I did take them down the coast to my grandma.

The taste test ...

The flavour was awesome - richly chocolate-y with a subtle cinnamon/coffee hit in the background. It was only the texture that was off. And to be honest if I'd just called it a chocolate slice and slathered some icing on the top no one would have known it was a stuff up! I would like to make these again sometime, tweaking the cooking temp and time. Despite my reservations they were a definite hit and a great addition to our birthday lunch of party sausage rolls, mini quiches, cupcakes and birthday cake in a surprisingly comfy visitor's lounge in the hospital.

Oscar even had a new outfit for the occasion!

Make sure you check out Lisa's blog for the recipe.

UPDATE - I made these again and they were awesome! Check it out here!


  1. I think I should have used a 9" pan - mine were a bit gooey. But yours look wonderful!

  2. Those look really yummy. Nice!

  3. They look just like they should - thin, dense and delicious! I'm sure everyone enjoyed them - especially the cute one! Weren't the additions of cinnamon and coffee a treat? Nicely done!

  4. How cute is little Oscar! Your brownies look awesome! And I think that the 9" cake pan helped it from being too gooey!

  5. These look delicious Susan - not at all overdone. Oscar is gorgeous :)

  6. Well, Oscar certainly is a handsome little fellow!! I used a 9 inch pan and I was really pretty happy with the outcome of my brownies. Yours look very good!

  7. Yep! Easy to overbake. I underbaked and had to put them back in

    but they look great.

    And so does Oscar.


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