In the kitchen with Kate

Katharine Hepburn with Spencer Tracy in Woman of the Year (dir. George Stevens, 1942).

Katharine Hepburn’s brownie recipe has been making the rounds on the Internet lately (it was originally published by the New York Times after Hepburn’s death in 2003), and so, being a fan of Hepburn as well as all things chocolate, it only made sense that I should try it out.  I can’t say that I love the recipe.  It’s heavy on the eggs and low on the flour, so the consistency of the brownies is a little unstable.  Getting them out of the pan and cutting them into squares proved difficult, which is why they look wonky (see photo below).  I remain partial to Deb Perelman’s recipe over at Smitten Kitchen, but why not try them and decide for yourself? 

½ cup cocoa
1 stick butter         
2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup flour
1 cup walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Prepare an 8x8 baking pan with grease and/or a layer of parchment paper.  Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  While the butter melts, combine the flour, sugar, and walnuts in a heatproof bowl.  Add the cocoa to the saucepan with the melted butter and stir until smooth.  Pour the cocoa-butter mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until combined.  Add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla.  Pour into the pan and bake on the center rack for approximately 35 minutes.  (Kate apparently cautioned against overbaked brownies.)  Cool and cut into squares.


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