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A cooking "how to" question

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive June 2004: A cooking "how to" question
By Tunnia on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 11:52 am:

I have been asked to make brownies for a bake sale. I make chewy type brownies and they taste great, but look terrible. My problem is that after I cut them the edges look ragged and torn because the brownies stick to whatever I cut them with. I've tried both knives and spatulas with no luck. How do it get nice, clean cuts with chewy brownies? Any ideas? TIA

I'm sure that this should be on the recipe board somewhere, but I didn't see a good place to post my "how to" question there so I'm sorry if I'm posting in the wrong place.:)

By Sunny on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 12:00 pm:

According to Alton Brown on the show Good Eats, you should let the brownies cool and then cut them with a plastic knife. You'll get a clean cut. I have tried it and it works. :)

By Emily7 on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 12:32 pm:

Thats nice to know, I have the same problem

By Tunnia on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 01:23 pm:

Thanks Sunny! I love Alton Brown and I have his book, but I never thought to look in there for brownie cutting tips.

I have a week before the bake sale, but all this thinking and posting about brownies has made me want them! I may just have to give your method of cutting a "test drive" today.:)

By Coopaveryben on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 02:11 pm:

What would happen if you froze them and then cut them? That is how I do the kids b-day cakes, it just helps them to hold up and the freezing actually makes them taste better. I don't know how it would work with Brownies though....

By Children03 on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 02:22 pm:

You can take thread or unused dental floss to cut them too, this will give a clean, straight cut. :)

By Tunnia on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 03:38 pm:

Thanks!:) I have never thought about freezing them. That might work.

How do you use thread or floss to cut the brownies?

By Tunnia on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 03:40 pm:

April, I'm sure glad that you specified "unused dental floss" for cutting brownies.:) I sure wouldn't want to eat them after cutting them with used floss! Yuck!!! LOL Sorry, I couldn't resist.:)

By Children03 on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 03:42 pm:

Just stretch it across where you want to cut and then push on until it goes through to the bottom and use a small flat spatula and scoop out the brownies. Works for me. I also do this when I cut my cakes.

By Insaneusmcwife on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 04:28 pm:

I agree with the freezing....I use this methond a lot with my cakes and sticky/crumbly desserts. Have Fun!

By Amecmom on Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 05:51 pm:

You ca also use a knife sprayed with non stick spray like Pam. It won't stick.


By Annie2 on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 12:48 am:

Great ideas already. Then wrap them in wax paper not plastic wrap. :)

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