10 April 2010

Weekend Cooking: Brownies from the Rich and Famous

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Katharine Hepburn BrowniesAll you book bloggers know that today is the spring Readathon. For those of you who are not book bloggers, the Readathon is a day when readers all around the world commit to spending 24 hours to reading and then blogging and tweeting about it. It's loads of fun and a great community builder.

This is my third Readathon, and I have made these brownies for each one. This is my go-to recipe when it's after dinner and we feel like something sweet. I always have the ingredients, and it takes less than 10 minutes to get these in the oven. I have no source for the recipe, but the friend who gave it to me, called them Katharine Hepburn's brownies! True or not, you won't be disappointed when you need a fast dessert.

Katharine Hepburn's Brownies

Makes 16
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 squares (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom of an 8-inch square pan.

Melt the butter and chocolate.

Beat the eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla in a mixer or with a whisk until very light. Beat in the melted chocolate and butter. Blend in the flour. Stir in the nuts.

Spread batter in the pan and bake 40 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool pan on a rack and cut into 16 squares.

To the best of my knowledge the Hepburn photo is in the public domain.


Suzanne Yester 4/10/10, 6:39 AM  

Hi Beth!
Love the idea of Weekend Cooking! I've been adding more and more food related posts to my blog lately and this may motivate me to do it on a regular basis! Thanks also for the Kate Hepburn Brownies recipe- it looks deelish!

BTW, have fun with the Readathon!

Sandy Nawrot 4/10/10, 6:39 AM  

I about spit out my tea when I saw the title of your post! I thought "what do the rich and famous put in their brownies?" and figured it was an illegal substance! But you have a great idea...think I'll get on this right away!!!

JoAnn 4/10/10, 6:51 AM  

The brownies sound delicious, but I'm laughing at Sandy's comment ... the thought crossed my mind, too!

Enjoy Readathon!

caite 4/10/10, 7:10 AM  

ignore Sandy and her illegal leaning mind..lol

Oh, I do love a good brownie, and while my entry today looks like it might have chocolate init, there is none. But it is still the best dessert in the world...

Michelle 4/10/10, 7:13 AM  

Holy cow that sounds sublime! I'm going to have to print this one out and keep it on file for when I need some awesome brownies.

Julie P. 4/10/10, 8:38 AM  

Oh yum! They sound heavenly!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 4/10/10, 8:44 AM  

I imagine there aren't many left over to freeze -- yum!

bermudaonion 4/10/10, 9:20 AM  

These sounds wonderful and easy too! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have fun with the read-a-thon today.

Nise' 4/10/10, 10:55 AM  

Now I want brownies! Guess I had better have some breakfast.

Alex Daw 4/10/10, 11:01 AM  

Will I look like Katherin Hepburn after I eat the brownies????? That's why I bought Gin Fizz perfume - in the fond hope that some Grace Kelly might rub off on me as it was made for her apparently.....

Beth 4/10/10, 11:22 AM  

Happy Readathon! My first link is wrong, to please visit the second!

nat @book, line, and sinkerw 4/10/10, 4:29 PM  

hope you're enjoying the 'thon! great recipe for brownies...i always forget that they can be made so easily from scratch. :)

Amy 4/10/10, 5:45 PM  

Those brownies look delicious! I hope dog treats count as "any kind of food-related post"!

Chelle 4/10/10, 8:16 PM  

I made brownies today, too! Thanks for stopping by my blog to cheer my on. Have a great day reading!

Heather 4/10/10, 9:52 PM  

your recipe is very much like the one I use for brownies. Can't get enough of these tasty mosels when I make them. yummy.

A Buckeye Girl Reads 4/10/10, 11:07 PM  

I am so going to have to try this! Just wanted to say I love your Haikus!

Beth Hoffman 4/11/10, 9:42 AM  

Thanks so much for this recipe; it sounds divine. And I can make easy substitutions to accommodate my gluten intolerance.

Margot 4/13/10, 1:42 PM  

I didn't stop on Saturday to say thanks for this brownie recipe so I'm saying it now. I've copied it and will try it out on my husband this week. I've also noticed the need for chocolate during the RAT. It's a nice caffeine boost.

Rob 4/14/10, 3:27 AM  

These brownies sound delicious and I love the Hollywood connection. I can see her baking for Spencer. Wait, Katharine Hepburn baking? That might be a stretch. Perhaps we'll never know. I try these soon.

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