2013/10/24

Joyeux Anniversaire, Dorie! (Tribute-to-Katharine Hepburn Brownies)

It's Dorie's (as in Greenspan) birthday today!

The folks over at Tuesdays with Dorie and French Fridays with Dorie are celebrating virtually. Check out the LYL (Leave Your Links) at each site to see what the rest of the crew whipped up.



 It's funny.

After cooking and baking out of Dorie's books for the past three years and getting a sense of her through her recipes and anecdotes, I had put together a very strong concept of what she would be like in real life.

Her writing style is warm and encouraging and she makes you feel like you can do just about anything if you give it a try. These are the books that gave me the confidence to mess around with - I mean, um, add my own personal touch to almost everything I make.  (Yes, *once in a while*, I have been known to change up a recipe from the way it was written... Grins sheepishly...)

After having the amazing opportunity to meet her last month, I realized that the concept was pretty close to the reality - except, she is even warmer and more encouraging in person. Seriously.


So, in honor of Dorie's birthday, I whipped up a batch of "Tribute-to-Katharine Hepburn Brownies" from Baking: From my Home to Yours - chocolate seemed like a fitting way to celebrate. I love the simplicity of these one pot wonders - this is one of those recipes that makes it possible to have dessert on a weeknight.

These fudgy wonders are a favorite in my house.

Joyeux Anniversaire, Dorie!

(P.S. I couldn't find an official version of this recipe posted on line to link to; but if you Google the recipe title, there are quite a few close variations out there - but if you want the Real Deal - and you should because these are really good - go buy the book!)

22 comments:

  1. These brownies are an excellent choice - they are just devine.

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  2. Warm and encouraging, and ever so sweet like this cake - pretty much sums up Dorie :) I am sure she'd be tickled pink to share this with you Cher!

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  3. Cher, I was so glad that I got to meet wonderful you in Seattle! Merci so much for the brownies - the only thing that could make them sweeter would be sharing them together. xoDorie

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  4. Nice! I haven't made this particular brownie yet, though I very much enjoyed the minty ones from Baking.

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  5. I will have to add these to my list and luckily, brownies tend to get elevated pretty high on my to do list :) Great choice and great comments about Dorie. You nailed the perceptions prior to meeting her as well as how amazing she was in real life. Still have to pinch myself at how warm and gracious she and hubby Michael were to everyone. Fabulous.

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  6. I loved these brownies when I made them!

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  7. Although I bought Dorie's "Baking" book soon after I joined French Fridays with Dorie, I haven't made many recipes from it. This week I made the Banana Bundt but this week-end I am going right back to the shelf, pull it down, and open it to this brownie recipe. Which looks delicious and warm and wonderful - just like You, also, Cher. I want to echo Dorie on how fabulous it was to meet you in Seattle. I just loved that we got to go beyond virtual....

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  8. I LOVED these brownies! They were so good! Great choice.

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  9. Those brownies look amazing! I agree, chocolate! I don't have this book, but I keep thinking it's one I should get. Dorie's baking is always so terrific.

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  10. Cher, what a lovely birthday tribute to Dorie! I do own that book and made the cover recipe recently for a birthday - it is quite wonderful. But I have not gotten around to baking these brownies yet! Reading your review though, I really should give them a try soon!

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  11. I have not made that particular brownie recipe, but now I think I have too! I wish I could have met Dorie in person, but it is so nice to hear that the person lives up to her persona.

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  12. I love walnuts in brownies! And, believe it, or not, I haven't tried this recipe. Hmm...I gues I'm going to have to remedy that situation!

    We all love your unique take on things - keep it up!

    So jealous you & Tricia had dinner! xoxo

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  13. A lovely post, Cher! What could be better than chocolate to celebrate a birthday! I’d be happy to share them with you, too!

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  14. You captured Dorie perfectly, Cher. Just bumping at her during the conference and having her greet you and talk as if you were lifelong friends was surreal. I'm so happy that feeling spread through all of our group.

    Brownies... nothing else needs to be said. YUM!

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  15. I had planned on baking from that book too, but well, it didn't happen. Love your 'once in a while' comment! And those KH brownies have been on my mind for decades, literally. I still have the original page from a magazine from 1983 with the recipe...

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  16. Hope mine turns out as good as your when I bake them! Heavenly!

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  17. I am so envious of your trip and that you meet Dorie! So awesome! I Wil have to give these brownies a try...I have a favorite brownie recipe but I will take on a competing recipe from time to time! Dories looks like a good one!

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  18. Mmm...brownies! I have not tried this recipe yet but I have been 'eye-ing' it for awhile.

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  19. These look great, a fitting tribute to the birthday girl. I've never tried this recipe, but I'll add it to the list though I don't think I'll get through the list in my lifetime. Sigh...

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  20. Those brownies make me want to go buy the book as I don't have it yet!

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  21. fabulous. fabulous. fabulous: brownies. dorie. you. Keep on baking!

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