Homemade Brownies the Alice Medrich Way

As you have probably figured out, I’m a big fan of Alice Medrich and her book Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy: Melt-In-Your Mouth Cookies.

Can’t believe I’m going to admit this to the world, but I’ve never made brownies from scratch before. Something about the process was really intimidating, but after reading the recipe called Steve Ritual Brownies in Alice Medrich’s cookbook I thought, I can do this! (Even with the ice bath process, yes! An ice bath!)

The recipe for the Steve Ritual Brownies is here (courtesy of Purple House Dirt and Alice Medrich).

The ingredients are pretty basic, but what they create is a moist, fudge-like brownie that taste nothing like the box mix.

The ingredients:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Unsweetened chocolate
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Walnuts or pecan pieces (which I didn’t use)

The recipe is pretty simple, melt the butter and chocolate together:

Once the butter and chocolate are melted together, simply let them cool for a little. Then add the sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add the eggs one at a time then add the flour. The batter will be super smooth and glide off a spoon.

Put the batter into a prepared 8 X 8 inch pan (read more about Alice’s recommendations for pan prep here).

Wait for it

Wait for it

Now comes the water bath…

After about 20 minutes in a hot oven (You’ve gotta get the book or click on the link above for all the details, I think Alice deserves all the credit and more for this fine book), simply put the brownies into a larger pan filled with water and ice:

And this is what you get…a true treat!

I’m participating in a blog hop today — Wandering Wednesday by Paisley Passions and Inspiring You 2 Save. Looks like there are all kinds of neat ideas shared in the hop — to see the others, just click on the icon below. Have a great Wednesday!


About figgsandsuch

I'm a thirty-something wife, momma to two, daughter, friend, and wanna be baker, maker, creator, and runner.
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