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I'm actually not a beginner; in all honesty, I consider myself fairly skilled, as I can whip up some of the more care intensive desserts and pastries with ease.  Either way, this makes me all the
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Forever Bitter Brownies?

posted at 7/18/2013 4:02 PM EDT
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I'm actually not a beginner; in all honesty, I consider myself fairly skilled, as I can whip up some of the more care intensive desserts and pastries with ease.  Either way, this makes me all the more ashamed to say that I cannot –– under any circumstances ever ever ever in my eight years of baking –– make a decent batch of brownies.
I'm pretty sure I've tried over a hundred recipes, and they always turn out the same: bitter as anything and bouncy. I mean, literally bouncy.  I could throw them on the floor and they'd fly back up like a handball.

So, how exactly does one make fudgy brownies?  I mean, what brand of chocolate do you use?  What flour? Anything else I should know?

I've used Hersheys cocoa powder for majority of my trials; I have also alternated between canola oil and butter to see which would work better.
Any tips would be wondrous.  I am absolutely determined to make a legitimate batch of brownies that I can be proud of before the summer ends~

Re: Forever Bitter Brownies?

posted at 7/18/2013 5:59 PM EDT
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Hi Lidddianna -- welcome to VBB.  We're glad you're here.
I have exceptional good luck baking the recipes on this site -- and there are lots of brownie recipes.
Have you tried any of these?

Re: Forever Bitter Brownies?

posted at 7/18/2013 7:42 PM EDT
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Liddianna, welcome. 
Someone else (I think it was Nancy) asked for Brownie recipes and there are quite a few posted already. 
If you want what I call a "Killer" brownie click on my image and go to my recipe box and search for Outrageous Brownies.  Or you can put Outrageous Brownies in the search in the upper right corner.

A few things to remember when making brownies. 
Don't use a mixer.  A spoon or rubber spatula will do just fine.  You do not want to over mix brownie batter. 
If you are using cocoa powder in a recipe that calls for unsweetened chocolate 3 Tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1 Tablespoon of butter is the same as 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate. Don't forget the extra butter if you substitute. 
The size of the eggs matter, if a recipe calls for large eggs use large.  This was mentioned in a question about cookies in another forum just a bit ago. 
And the cardinal rule of brownies...Do not over bake them!!!!! an under baked brownie is better than an over baked one.  There is carryover baking so remove them from the oven before they test done. 

Good luck on your next batch. 

Re: Forever Bitter Brownies?

posted at 7/18/2013 7:45 PM EDT
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Look under the post....Brownies to Eat.  Started by Nancy in her quest for brownies.   There are a few recipes there already.


By the way do you want to post the recipe that you have been using?  We might be able to figure something out.

Re: Forever Bitter Brownies?

posted at 7/19/2013 9:18 AM EDT
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Lidianna,  check out the brownie recipes in the "what's in my oven" section.  A while back I posted my mother's brownie recipe, but don't remember which section it was in.  I like to use oil in my brownies and if the recipe calls for butter, I use 1/2 that amount of oil.  I use Hersheys  cocoa or store brand and have never had a bitter problem.

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