2012/11/19

Really? (TWD BwJ: Best Ever Brownies)

I am going to come right out and say it: I have this thing about superlatives.

They kind of drive me nuts.

Now, that doesn't mean that I am not guilty of using them; but over all, they seem overly "dramatic" and my inner Sheldon wants to jump out and challenge the "superlativer".

I think that part of this natural skepticism arises from dealing with teen-aged daughters for too many years...


"Mom, EVERYONE in school is doing X, Y, Z..."

"Mom, I am the ONLY ONE in school who doesn't have..."

"Mom, NO ONE EVER does this...."

"I ALWAYS pick up after myself..."

Okay, so I am probably a lot little biased.


Anyhoo, when this week's recipe touted a "best ever brownie", the little Sheldon in my head started questioning the merits of this "best ever brownie" - what made it the "best ever"????

The only thing that could be done was give it a try. 

It was an interesting recipe. For a brownie.

Eggs were separated and given two different treatments. Fussy steps, but if they produced the best ever brownie, then who am I to judge?

I did line my baking dish with parchment - since the recipe said to use an ungreased pan... Ungreased pans and I have a history (not a good one). So, I did the needful. In this case, parchment was the needful.

Other than extending the baking time (an extra 20 minutes or so beyond the time specified in the recipe), all seemed to go as planned. The brownies were dutifully allowed to cool in the pan. The parchment sling did its job well - no stickage. Sliced them up and hunted down a test subject.

Verdict? They were good.

Best ever? Not our best ever, but I am sure they could find a home as someone else's best ever. It was a solid recipe - on the fudgy side - a trait that I find appealing.

My personal belief is that they are best enjoyed warm, with ice cream and plenty of hot fudge...

Just sayin'


This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. The recipe for the "Best Ever Brownies" can be found over at the site of this week's host Monica, of A Beautiful Mess.

For everyone celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday this week, have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Peace out.

38 comments:

  1. Best Ever......that's a lot to live up too:-)

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  2. Whoops I meant live up to.....

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  3. Def not "best ever" in our house. Good but...
    Also, you're too kind. "a solid recipe" shouldn't have to be baked 20+ minutes longer than it is written. Can you tell I am grumpy about that? ;)

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  4. We're not going to get to these until next month probably (there are a lot of catch up posts in my future!), but they look fudgy and delicious. 'Best Ever' is so subjective, especially when it comes to brownies.

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  5. Agreed, Cher. Best-ever is tough especially with brownies....

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  6. Fun post! I also had teens for many years and remember sayings like I NEVER or I ALWAYS, too funny.
    But I would say these are probably the best 'chewy' brownies I've made in a while (I usually don't make chewy brownies). I thing ice cream and fudge on a warm brownie is the 'best ever' dessert. Honest!

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  7. They look great Cher! I am not sure about best ever either, but they were good.

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  8. Not my best ever either. Good, but not best. Baked 'em, but haven't posted about 'em. oh well. I'll get to it...eventually.

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  9. I distrusted the best ever part too, but was surprised. I thought they were excellent, really great brownies. Your pan is so cute! Have a great week Cher!

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  10. We loved them and did think they were the best ever! Yours turned out looking really nice, best ever or not :)

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  11. Yeah, with as many brownies as I've made, it's hard to justify best ever...but these were near the top! Glad you enjoyed...happy Thanksgiving!!!! xo

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  12. Best ever is certainly a hard standard to meet.

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  13. Cher, your brownies look dark and chocolatly and delicious and with a great "crust" - they were good and everyone seemed to like them a lot although I must agree the title is a bit "much".

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  14. Great post. Very entertaining!
    I agree not the best brownies ever. Oh and they were good warm with some vanilla ice cream.

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  15. Also not the best ever for me but maybe I'll try it again to iron out the kinks I had...

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  16. Not the best ever for me either- but they were setting themselves up, no? I need to bake again- it was more operator error than recipe for me.

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  17. Yeah, I'm not sure I'd call these "best-ever" but I don't make a lot of brownies, so maybe I'm not the best judge. They were good, though, that's true enough. Yours look great! I love that crackly-looking top crust!

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  18. LOL at your inner Sheldon. I agree, these were good brownies but definitely not the 'best ever'.

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  19. So true about momhood and skepticism. They both seem to go hand-in-hand. :) Your brownie looks perfectly fudgy. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Cher.

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  20. Can I just cut and paste your post into my blog (the post for which I have yet to write)? This is pretty much exactly how I felt. But then again, I'm not the biggest brownie person. Or even a big one, for that matter. (superlatives can be super funny -- but not the superest.)

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  21. Love your posts. Having raised a couple of teenagers myself, and now teaching college students, I too have a thing about superlatives.

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  22. Love your post, my daughter (she's 6) just today said "Mom, I'm the only one in school that......" Really, you are 6. Great opportunity to share with her how important it is to be yourself. I thought these brownies were good too, a bit rich for an everyday brownie.

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  23. Love the egg picture! I can so hear Sheldon... ha ha. They were good - best ever? No.

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  24. I agree with you Cher, "best ever" just brings out my sceptical side. Having said that, my whole family agreed these really were the best they've ever had! However I really think the chocolate I used played a big role in this. I used Cadbury milk chocolate and I've noticed anytime I use this brand to cook with, it tastes amazing!
    I love your dish! Looks great!

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  25. Best ever = subjective. I was going to say that's in the eyes of the beholder, but really, I think it must be in the mouth of the consumer. I agree these were good, but not best ever. I admire your ceramic baking dish. Very pretty! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Cher!

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  26. Cher, Best ever...maybe not, but they were pretty darn good! Yours look perfectly delicious! Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  27. I just had to put some of Dorie and Julia's baked goodies on the back burner or consider becoming an Orca whale. There are not enough mouths to eat all these goodies so I end up finishing each batch. Waste not. These brownies of yours look delicious and only you can judge where they fit in your Line-up, Good, Better, Best or Over-the-Top. I do think these look delicious enough to try once I need to cook brownies again.

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  28. After reading some many comments before I baked I made mine into mini-brownie bites. Good decision as they turned out well. Nice baking with you, thanks for sharing your cute post. Catherine www.praycookblog.com

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  29. i am quite sure, these must be the best ever!!!
    thank you!
    it's always a pleasure to visit your blog...it makes me so hungry!!!

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  30. anyway best or not, they do look really tempting Cher! everybody defines and perceives "the best" in a different way. =)

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  31. I, too, used parchment! Better safe than sorry.

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  32. I felt the same way about the title of the recipe. Good, but not my best ever

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  33. So true Cher, "best ever" has a certain connotation and a lot to live up to. That being said, we think these brownies are right up there with the best of them. Loved the recipe. What a fun post.

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  34. Happy Thanksgiving Cher! Your brownies look great & I love the skeptic in you - inner Sheldon! I am finally making the goat cheese puffs today for FFWD so wish me luck!

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  35. Mmmm I think these brownies look just right my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  36. I agree, superlatives are hard. These were good though!

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  37. Which brownie is best?
    answer is simple to me:
    the one I'm eating

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