A day in the life…

February 9

I’m sharing something that not many people know about me.

Not even Superman knows this.

I keep at least one box of brownie mix, stashed way back in the back of my pantry.

It is there for one reason, and one reason alone.

So I can mix it up and eat it……raw.

I put it in the fridge and it turns to this semi-solid fudgy goo that is just perfect for when a chocolate craving hits and there just. is. no. more. chocolate. in. the. house.

Which is rare, but it has been known to happen, hence the stashed .99 brownie mix.

It is also the reason that I picked today’s TWD, Rick Katz’s Browies for Julia.

Julia Child that is.

You see this bakes up chewy on the outside.

And just a wee bit gooey on the inside.

Once it cools completely it isn’t runny anymore, but I am not know for my patience, so I cut a piece 20 minutes out of the oven, and Internet…it was perfection.

The recipe was very easy, and I only used 2 bowls.

No mixer was involved, but that is only because my strapping son offered to whip the eggs till they were doubled in volume.

Want the recipe?

Here it is.

Rick Katz’s Brownies For Julia

Dorie writes “In 1995, when I was working with Julia Child filming the PBS series Baking with Julia and writing the companion book, Boston-based pastry chef Rick Katz was running the prep kitchen in Julia’s basement.   Working between the washing machine and the dryer, Rick was in charge of getting the recipes of each of the twenty-six visiting chefs ready for their close-ups.  An ordinary human would have had his hands full, but superman Rick always found time to make us extra little goodies, among them these very dark, very fudgy brownies.   The way he prepares the batter is different from any other brownie recipe I know.  Half of the eggs and sugar are mixed in with the chocolate, while the other half are beaten until they double in volume and are as light as a sponge.   Whipping the eggs creates the surprisingly creamy, soft and definitely fudgy texture.

  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped ~~I used semi-sweet
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350º F.  Put a 9 inch square baking pan (I like to use Pyrex for this) on a baking sheet.   Whisk flour and salt together.

Set a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, put the butter and chocolate in.  Stir frequently until the ingredients are just melted-you don’t want them to get so hot that the butter separates.   I melted these in the microwave in my usual fashion. Add 1 c. sugar and whisk gently just to incorporate it, then remove the bowl from the pan of water.   Stir in the vanilla and transfer to a large bowl.

Put the remaining cup of sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer or a medium bowl and whisking a whisk, stir in the eggs.  Switch to a rubber spatula and little by little add half of the sugar-egg mixture to the warm chocolate, stirring very gently without stopping-you don’t want the heat of the chocolate to cook the eggs.

With the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer, or have your chef son beat the reaming sugar and eggs on medium-high for about 3 minutes, or until they double in volume.   Using a spatula and a light touch, fold the whipped eggs into the chocolate, stopping just short of blending them in completely.

Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the batter and delicately fold them in, working only until they disappear.   Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top with the spatula.

Bake for 25-28 minutes, or until the top looks dry.   Poke a thin knife intot he center and take a peek:  The brownies should be only just set and still pretty gooey.

Transfer the pan to a rack and cool to room temperature.

The brownies are fragile and best cut in the pan.   Cut eighteen 1½ x 3 inch bars.

I sure hope that y’all enjoyed these as much as I did, and thanks for baking along with me today.


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Written by chocolatechic

Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 7:21 am

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  1. Thanks for hosting the pick. Loved the flavor even if mine was too gooey on the inside!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 7:34 am

  2. OMW, it was supposed to look like chocolate soup?? I failed. I kept baking it until it would at least hold together. No matter, guys loved, loved, loved them and I have made them three times that way so far. I have no idea what that crusty top is all about on mine, but they loved that part the best. Hence the request for me to keep making them. Thanks for the pick. Cute doggie, btw. Raw chocolate brownies is your weakness? I am in awe that this would be something you would crave. LOL…what I learn over here!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 7:38 am

    • Kayte, I have tried and tried to comment on your blog, but it just won’t let me. I don’t think you failed at all. Your brownies are lovely and if your guys are eating them as fast as you say, then you are doing it all right.


      Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 7:40 am

      • Your comment came through, TWICE! With my blog, you just comment and hit submit and it goes through, waits for my approval (I have children who read so I don’t want them to accidentally stumble upon some spam comment, etc.), and then when I approve, it posts. I took off all the scrambled word business, etc. as it seemed like such a hassle for comments. Yours come through each week just fine. Thanks!


        Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 9:34 am

        • Oh…good. After I hit submit, I didn’t see my comment or anything saying that it was waiting on approval, so I typed it in again…:blushing:


          Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 9:36 am

  3. Great pick. Can I join the local chapter of Brownie Batter Anonymous too? I am guilty as charged.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 8:05 am

  4. I would join the BBA as well if I weren’t allergic to chocolate now.
    One of the best memories I have of us spending time together is making a batch of brownies at your house and eating them while they were still fabulously gooey.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 8:14 am

  5. Dirty little secrets? No, like I said, you’re just honest with an honest to goodness delicious blog. Love your brownies! Love to eat brownie batter and I found the batter for these fabulous, it sat thickening up like fudge before I washed the bowl, so of course, I scraped it and ate it!
    That last photo, I’m totally sure, is straight from heaven!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 8:20 am

  6. Your secret is safe with us! This was a wonderful recipe choice and we really enjoyed these brownies. I had to bake them a second time because mine were just too gooey, but I really loved the results. So darned tasty!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 8:55 am

  7. !!! Just a bit gooey inside? Oh! My…


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 9:00 am

  8. These were good brownies. I thought the recipe was too fussy. Ah well.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 9:19 am

  9. Thank you for hosting TWD this week. I enjoyed your choice of recipes even if I did the directions on page 90!!
    Your brownies look so tasty!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 9:24 am

  10. Great pick this week, Tanya! I even found a way to involve more chocolate–I made milk chocolate ice cream and put some of the brownies in it. Mmm. =)


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 9:26 am

  11. Hey Chic. Superman knows now…..Or does he read your blog???????


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 9:37 am

  12. Thanks for the pick this week! DELICIOUS. And finally a Dorie chocolate recipe without anything weird like dried fruit! Hooray!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 9:41 am

  13. ohhh gooeyness has arrived!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 9:46 am

  14. Great pick, Tanya! We loved the deep fudgy center and chewy edges.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 9:53 am

  15. Tanya, thanks for this fantastic pick!! Loved, loved, loved these brownies!! Your photos are amazing! Can’t wait to make these again!!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

  16. I think I just gained 10 pounds reading your post. You stash brownie mix. I stash a bag of chocolate chips…for emergencies of course.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 10:18 am

  17. Too funny! (but a great idea with the brownie mix).
    Your brownies look fantastic!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 10:24 am

  18. I’ve been guilty of the same kind of thing. And I have my chocolate stashes that nobody else knows about.
    I will have to try these brownies. They sound deliciously perfect. I have my favourite brownie recipe and I always slightly underbake them so they are still just a little gooey in the middle. And I always use rum flavouring instead of vanilla – it really brings out the chocolate.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 10:34 am

  19. mine were totally just as gooey. and yes…I enjoyed them!

    love ur photos


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

  20. What yumminess! I baked a “best ever brownie” last night. It is the best ever that I’ve baked yet, but this one looks amazing. It’s all your wonderful photographs!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

  21. Thanks so much for your pick this week Tanya! I’ve never enjoyed fudgy brownies but this recipe made me a convert. These are my new favorite brownies :) Yours look awesome!!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 10:56 am

  22. I loved the brownies and I love your blog. I knew that I could count on you for a great chocolate pick.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 11:53 am

  23. Just found your blog and am loving it!! These look awesome :)

    Anne @ the doctor takes a wife

    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 11:55 am

  24. These were delicious!

    I made mine a little bit special-just for you.:)


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

  25. I LOVED these brownies! Perfect pick! Even though I baked them longer than suggested, to me they came out great. Happy TWD week!

    Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!"

    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm

  26. Great pick!!! These were fudge-city!!!! YUM!! Your photos are gorgeous, as always!!!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm

  27. Thank You for the great recipe pick this week. These brownies were incredibly fudgy and they were a big hit in our neighborhood.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm

  28. Wonderful choice! I baked mine in muffin pans so I could have more ‘edges’. Delish!

    cindy harris

    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm

  29. A box of MIX? I’m astounded.

    But intrigued, in a weird kind of way!

    Great choice – these were really great!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm

  30. As far as the brownie batter eating goes – I am so there with you. Love it! Your brownies look so molten and lovely! I think I would like them this way better than when they firm up – definitely worth another try that way.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm

  31. Thanks for the great pick! We loved these!
    Beautiful photos!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm

  32. Great pick. We loved them. Your pictures are wonderful.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm

  33. Thanks for picking these brownies. We love them. All that chocolate….gooey chocolate. Nothing better.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 1:28 pm

  34. i have had some good brownies in my life, but i have to say, these may be the best i have seen.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm

  35. Gooey chocolate – it’s the best! Thanks for this great pick!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm

  36. Fabulous choice this week!!! Thanks for picking these brownies. I’m glad I doubled the recipe. Your pictures are beautiful!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm

  37. These look fantastic–gooey, just the way I like my brownies. If I bother to bake them at all! Can I join your brownie batter-eating club? Sorry I couldn’t bake along this week, but I am out of town and only managed to make 2 of this month’s recipes. The technique sounds interesting, though, and these will be the next brownies I make!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm

  38. Thanks for hosting this week. These brownies were awesome!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm

  39. I am a batter fiend as well! And this batter was OH so good. Then again, the brownies had the consistency of batter, too, so it was a win, win for me! Loved this pick! Thanks so much!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm

  40. What a bombshell!! Raw brownie dough? I mean I lick it off my fingers when I make it but it never occurred to me to make a brownie FUDGE! You may have unknowingly changed the way people view fudge!!

    They look oh-so-gooey… which I’m sure you loved!!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    • So glad I could help you view fudge in a whole new light.

      he he he


      Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm

  41. You are just toooooooo much !!! No wonder I love you.

    Aunt Cindy

    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm

  42. THANK YOU for a great choice!! It was a great recipe to recharge my TWD blog which had gone quiet for much too long!!

    (FYI, similar to your brownie stash, I keep oreos hidden for a similar reason….)

    Lady Baker

    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm

  43. Fantastic choice. Fantastic pictures! Loved, loved, loved these. I could have easily eaten the bowl of batter before it ever went in the oven, it was that good! :)


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm

  44. That looks really yummy.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm

  45. Looks gooey and great! Good choice.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 5:10 pm

  46. Thanks so much for this choice. These brownies are fantastic!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm

  47. Tanya,
    As far as I am concerned these brownies are a total Homerun!!! I love the Gooo! Its the best. Thanks so much for choosing such a fun recipe and so delicious. I think I may make them again. Love your photos. Yes, when my 22 year old was in grade school and played little league and all star baseball, Martha White brownies were my absolute fav! I added chocolate chips for even more goo and a little vanilla. Those mixes saved me time and again for nightly baseball summer nights. Night after night! So your secret…… well, its a good one.

    Amy Ruth

    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm

  48. I don’t have a chef son (or daughter or any nearby chef relative, for that matter). You’re so lucky!

    I didn’t know that it was your turn this time around until I saw someone else’s TWD pick. When I first saw the brownies, I thought, “Oooo, Chocolatechic is going to love this week’s pick!!” LOL!! Little did I know that you were the one who picked it. Hilarious! I guess I was right, though. Great pick. I’m bookmarking this recipe for later use.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm

  49. Outstanding pick this week Tanya! I haven’t been able to taste these brownies yet, but I have a couple of them tucked away in the freezer for those midnite cravings.

    Gotta love the confessions of a choco-holic…i’m there with ya!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm

  50. Thanks Tanya…these brownies were so darn good!!! GREAT PICK!!!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm

  51. Even though I don’t seem to be able to read the recipe correctly and my brownies turned out less than stellar I guess I should chalk it up to baker error vs recipe error. But I’ve read so many great reviews from all the other TWD bakers that I might need to attempt this one again. Thanks for the great pick this week!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm

  52. Next time I make brownies I may have to attempt it along with my usual recipe so that I can compare them.

    I’ve never run out of chocolate at my house….that is an inpardinable sin around here and I would think at your house as well! I am shocked beyond believe that you would run out. Don’t you keep a supply of chocolate chips around for just in case??


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm

  53. As others said, thanks for a great pick this week! I usually like cakey brownies, but if I feel like making fudgy ones, I will use this recipe for sure. YUM. My little chefs (2 y.o. boy and 10 mo. girl) helped me out by taking their naps while I baked away!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm

  54. Looks FANTASTIC!!!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm

  55. thanks for picking these–they are wonderful! and we keep brownie mix for the same reason ;)


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm

  56. Can’t wait to try these! I’m going to make them tomorrow!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm

  57. I didn’t get a chance to make these yet (big snowfall and issues getting proper ingredients) but I can’t wait to try them out. My best friend and I used to make brownies from a box, cook for about 15 minutes, and then devour the whole pan with a couple of spoons. I love your box of brownies story.


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm

  58. Gosh, that brownie looks super decadent!


    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm

  59. These were so good! I love raw brownie mix and ooey gooey brownies! Perfect pick

    Amber Mull

    Tuesday,February 9, 2010 at 11:06 pm

  60. A GREAT brownie recipe! Thanks for choosing it – just perfect for Valentine’s Day coming up (how’d you manage THAT luck)! Looks wonderful – and love your photos!


    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 1:27 am

  61. Excellent choice, these are my favorite Dorie brownies! Yours look fabulously gooey, yum. I admit I always have a box of brownie mix in my cupboard, I think they’re a great comfort food.


    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 1:42 am

  62. Really appreciate your passion and great photos, it looks like you enjoy chocolate, have a look at my profiterole tower, you might like it.

    chef jules

    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 4:09 am

  63. Ciao ! First thing thank you for hosting this wonderful recipe ! Then complimenti for your brownies !


    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 4:47 am

  64. LOL – raw brownie mix sounds good to me! Thanks for choosing these, they certainly were a hit! I made one in a ramekin and topped it with ice cream and chocolate sauce…. MMMMMMM!


    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 8:27 am

  65. a good pick, for sure! we loved these!

    steph (whisk/spoon)

    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 9:05 am

  66. These were sooooo good. Fabulous pick but so surprising you picked something chocolate! Loved them.

    Jill B

    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

  67. These were some of the best brownies I’ve ever had. Thank you!

    Madam Chow

    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 11:34 am

  68. Thanks for this great choice! We loved these brownies, they are divine. Yours look delicious!


    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm

  69. My mom is still talking about these. I have no doubt I will be conned into making them again for her. I had to pawn off the rest of my pan before I ate it all myself. Great pick.

    Kelly D

    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm

  70. RAw brownie mix works for me. Love yours. NIce and gooey. YAY!!! and YUM!!!


    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm

  71. I didn’t get to make these yet but I sure will. I love brownie mix raw, too. Sick I guess but delicious!

    Fun pick Tanya!


    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm

  72. I can’t say that I have tried raw brownie batter but this recipe is a good one, i know that much!


    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm

  73. What deliciously gooey looking brownies you made! I thought this was a really good brownie recipe except for the extra dishes required. I’m lazy when it comes to brownies. Thanks for a fun pick.

    Carol Peterman

    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 8:50 pm

  74. Thanks for choosing this recipe – it was amazing!


    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm

  75. I love raw cookie dough. Not so sure about the brownie mix though. When I was a little girl my mom let me make a batch of refrigerator cookies just to eat the dough. Even though I got really sick of it I still like to eat that stuff.


    Wednesday,February 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm

  76. Thanks for hosting this week. I positively loved this recipe. I (briefly) thought about bringing them in to share at work, but I couldn’t bring myself to share with anyone other than my husband :)


    Thursday,February 11, 2010 at 3:59 pm

  77. Great pick! I love brownies and these were quite good.


    Thursday,February 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm

  78. I did bake with you this week! I just have been swamped and haven’t had a chance to post. Perfection! We loved these! Thanks for the super chocolaty pick!


    Friday,February 12, 2010 at 7:35 am

  79. Thank you for the great pick this week! These were so, so chocolatey and I’ve found myself thinking about them many times and wishing there were more! These would be perfect for a major chocolate craving, although I really like your boxed brownie batter idea. Perfect for emergencies!


    Saturday,February 13, 2010 at 10:53 am

  80. You hit it out of the park with this pick! Especially for those of us who (secretly or not-so-secretly) like our brownies on the gooey side. I loooooove brownie batter. And chocolate chip cookie dough, too – without the chips. How weird is that?


    Tuesday,February 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm

  81. mmmm!! i wanna make it now!!! lol

    question: the sugar and eggs….is it just whisk till well mixed? or until pale and poofy and foamy?


    Tuesday,February 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm

  82. I love this recipe, I am using it as the base for a bunch of different brownies I am making this month. I love that they are rich and fudgey but maintain a bit of cakiness.

    Chef Evan

    Monday,March 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

  83. I just found your blog and will be making these brownies asap!


    Friday,April 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm

  84. Made these today and they are SOOO good! Thanks so much for choosing these =)


    Wednesday,May 19, 2010 at 12:39 am

  85. Hello, I just came across your blog and thank you for this recipe!

    I just tried it, however, I cut down the amount of sugar in the recipe for whipping eggs to 3/4 cup. Could it have a significant effect on the egg whipping? I used an electric beater and then later by hand but I couldn’t manage to get it as thick as yours in the photo – or maybe both the mixer and I aren’t as strong as your son!


    Friday,September 24, 2010 at 2:09 am

    • It probably was the lack of sugar. Did you enjoy them?

      They are such great brownies!


      Friday,September 24, 2010 at 6:02 am

      • yes I did! Even though I overbaked them a little, they were still delicate and delicious. Thanks again for the recipe! :)


        Saturday,September 25, 2010 at 12:29 am

  86. Hey,

    I come from Australia so I don’t know what “one stick of butter” is equal to. Could you please tell me what it is in grams or ounces?



    Wednesday,November 3, 2010 at 2:13 am

    • One stick of butter is 8 tablespoons.


      Wednesday,November 3, 2010 at 6:00 am

      • Awesome thanks!


        Wednesday,November 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm

  87. I’m just about to attempt baking these brownies, the last ones I made turned out too cakey – there were only 2 eggs in that recipe so I think that 4 eggs will make a big difference this time. I’ll comment on how they turn out when Im done putting on 15pounds eating them! Wish me luck!


    Tuesday,November 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm

  88. OK wow. They are AMAZING- perfectly Gooey! The only thing I changed in the recipe was that I added a level tsp of baking powder and I cooked them in 9×9″ pan in parchment for 40 mins. Absolutely devilish, thank you so much for this recipe!


    Tuesday,November 30, 2010 at 10:19 pm

  89. These are the best brownies I have ever made. I mix them like regular brownies and add 1/4 cup of cocoa. Bake them in a 9 x 13 pan and pour a fudge frosting over top once they come out of the oven. The only brownie recipe I use. Thanks!


    Tuesday,January 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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