Thursday, August 16, 2012

Julia Child's Brownies

In honor of Julia Child's would-be 100th birthday on August 15th,  I thought I'd try her brownie recipe.  The recipe is from Epicurious and if you love a fudgy brownie, you will love these!   It's almost like eating some chocolate molten cake...very, very gooey.  This would be perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  I used my late Great Aunt Kitty's painted daisy  plate and matching teacup and saucer.  I used some faux daisies in my Bellek vase and a green polka dot napkin.  I would love to share some brownies and tea.  Won't you join me?


Do you notice the gooey goodness?

1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
8 ounces unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs


1.  Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350°.

2.   Sift the flour and salt together and set aside.

3.   Melt the butter and chocolate together in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently and keeping a watchful eye on the pot to make certain the chocolate doesn't scorch (Alternatively, you can melt the ingredients in the top of a double boiler over, not touching, simmering water.) Add 1 cup of the sugar to the mixture and stir for half a minute, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

4.   Pour the mixture into a large bowl.

5.   Put the remaining 1 cup sugar and the eggs into a bowl and mix or whisk by hand just to combine.

6.   Little by little, pour half of the sugar and eggs into the chocolate mixture, stirring gently but constantly with a rubber spatula so that the eggs don't  set from the heat.

7.   Fit the whisk attachment to the mixer and whip the remaining sugar and eggs until they are thick, pale, and doubled in volume, about 3 minutes.

8.   Using the rubber spatula, delicately fold the whipped eggs into the chocolate mixture.

9.   When the eggs are almost completely incorporated, gently fold in the dry ingredients.

10.   Pour and scrape the batter in to an unbuttered 9-inch square pan.

11.   Bake the brownies for 25-28 minutes, during which time they will rise a little and the top will turn dark and dry.

12.    Cut into the center at about the 23-minute mark to see how the brownies are progressing.  Mine required the full amount.

Isn't this pattern so pretty?  I love familyheirlooms!

I am sharing with:

 Make It Pretty Monday
Mix It Up Monday!
On the Menu Monday
Tea Time Tuesday
You're Gonna Love It!
Cowgirl Up
Tabletop Tuesday
Crazy Sweet Tuesday
Let's Dish!
Centerpiece Wednesday
Full Plate Thursday
Tablescape Thursday
Potpourri Friday
Foodie Friday
Weekend Potluck
Seasonal Sundays


  1. Wow, this looks good. I am pinning this. I will need to make this for hubby. He LOVES gooey brownies.
    Auntie's dishes are so lovely and I would have never know the daisies were faux.
    Thanks for sharing, Ginger

  2. Wonderful! They look SO RICH!!

    Happy 100th birthday, Julia! Rest in peace!

  3. Oh they look great, I'm impressed that you got them out in square pieces! No doubt mine would look a lot more, shall we say... rustic:@)

  4. Yum. Is there any such thing as a bad brownie? These look especially gooey and good.

  5. The brownies look extra good, and then you serve them on that gorgeous plate? WHO COULD RESIST??! YUM-O. I do love Julia and am sure these tasty treats are real winners. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Hard to believe dear Julia would be 100, the brownies look yummy, and the china is beautiful!

  7. Oh my goodness, you can see the gooey goodness! Yum!

  8. What a beautiful tribute to Julia...The brownies look delicious and so does your "scene"! Your Aunt's cup and saucer is GORGEOUS! and how pretty it looks with your Irish Vase! LOVE IT!!!
    Big Squishy Hugs to you,

  9. I love my brownies all fudgy and almost under done in the center. I'm weird like that. But these brownies look wonderful. I'd love for you to come share this at my like party.

  10. Are you named after your Aunt Kitty? Thanks for sharing Julia Child's brownie recipe. It looks very very gooey... and yummy!
    I love how Julia lived to her own beat when she had very little in common with the women of her era!
    Thank you so much for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY with this delicious recipe!

  11. Yummmmy! I just brought home "DEARIE" the new biography on Julia. Looking forward to reading and eating her brownies!!!! :D :D

  12. The brownies look pretty tempting Kitty and I'm glad I can just look at the picture to enjoy them. The teacup and plate are a nice pattern for this time of year.

  13. Hi Kitty, The brownies look decadent, gooey, and yummy! Love the painted daisy china too. Happy Tea Time Tuesday!

  14. Kitty, your brownies look yummy and decadent. Love your Great Aunt Kitty's teacup and plate. I love daisies and to have them painted by a loved one and preserved on china is so lovely; a real treasure! Thank you for sharing with us and joining me for tea today.


  15. What a lovely teacup, perfect for a summer tea! Thank you for giving us the recipe for the brownies! I can't wait to make them! Happy tea week!

  16. I'm always up for a new brownie recipe--this looks delish! Love the beautiful plate.
    Just found your blog--I'm a new follower.

  17. Holy Cow! These look soooo good! Thank you for sharing this at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  18. I LOVE that dish pattern. It reminds me of happier, more carefree times. I can just imagine your great-Aunt picking it out and being all giddy over it as young women will do. She probably "played" with it for weeks on end and admired it every chance she got. That just warms my heart and makes me feel all gooey inside...kinda like the brownies! :-) Your great-Aunt would be delighted that you have featured the late, great Ms. Childs' brownie recipe on her treasured china. Have a safe and fun holiday weekend, Kitty!

  19. OOOH I am drooling over the brownie recipe!! Delectable looking and your tea cup is beautiful. Come linkup to Centerpiece Wed and share your post and enter my giveaway.

  20. Those brownies look delicious Kitty and I love your namesake's sweet daisy cup & plate!

  21. These look delish! Did you know that the easiest way to cut brownies is with a plastic knife? No sticking!

  22. Those brownies are to die for...

  23. Oh, I'm going to make these. Brownies are a staple around here. LOL
    Love Patti's tip on using the plastic knife. ;-)
    ~ Sarah

  24. Fudgy brownies and me, we'll we're BFFs. I love these Kitty!

  25. I love your Beleek vase and the brownies look great!


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