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The Ultimate Brownie Book: Thousands of Ways to Make America's Favorite Treat, including Blondies, Frostings, and Doctored Brownie Mixes Paperback – September 17, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1 edition (September 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060937610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060937614
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Readers paging through The Ultimate Brownie Book will swear they can smell melting chocolate. Brownies by definition are simple to make, so the only difficulty is deciding which kind to make first. After a short section on equipment and ingredients, the recipes are nicely laid out on facing pages so that you never have to turn back and forth in the middle of one. Authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough acknowledge the age-old debate over whether the best brownies are fudgy or cakelike (every recipe that falls decidedly in one camp or the other is categorized). The spectrum stretches from Cake Brownies ("Fudge lovers, you'll have to skip ahead," warn the authors) to Fudge Brownies ("a chocolate-lover's grail"). The Brown Sugar Brownies fall right on the halfway point, making them universally pleasing. Members of the fudge camp will find the Malt Brownies just perfect, with their chewy edges, creamy and rich middle, intensely chocolatey flavor, and the beautiful old-fashioned aroma of malt. Weinstein and Scarbrough also offer such new-fangled concoctions as Cocoa Nib Brownies, Marzipan Brownies, and Mexican Chocolate Brownies, as well as old favorites, including Cream Cheese Brownies and Butterscotch Blondies. And just to make sure there's something for everyone, there are a number of low-fat recipes, one that's fat-free, a gluten-free brownie, and even one for Passover. --Leora Y. Bloom

From Publishers Weekly

As Weinstein and Scarbrough point out in their fun introduction, brownies are an American original, "part confection, part pastry.... the stuff of dreams." It's debatable, however, whether they deserve their own cookbook. The authors attempt to overcome this with chapters dedicated to blondies and concoctions that use packaged mixes, but the results are a mixed batch. Classic desserts such as Cake Brownies and Walnut Brownies are the strongest. Each recipe comes with an almost overwhelming number of suggested variations (toasted pepit s and chopped dried prunes, for instance, may jazz up Banana Brownies). Some variations, such as Mexican Chocolate Brownies, introduce new flavor dimensions, and while brownie purists may turn up their noses at Fat-Free Brownies, they are a thoughtful inclusion. Things get weird, however, with Chile Brownies and Sweet Corn Brownies made with canned creamed corn. Some of the blondies repeat flavors from brownie recipes (Banana Blondies, etc.) or take inspiration from them (Jam Swirl Blondies mimic Marble Cheesecake Brownies), but they do so with different techniques. The chapter on brownie mixes is puzzling: Why would anyone who loves brownies want to use a mix? Here, too, there are occasionally off-sounding flavor combinations, such as Brownie Mix Lemon Bars and Brownie Mix Peach Cobbler.
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My husband threatened to divorce me if I ever "made" him eat anything that good again.
bethintexas
With only a few basic cooking ingredients, I can bake brownies tasting much better than a box, with only slightly more effort.
J. Ward
Each recipe suggests one or two forstings that would complement it well so that makes it all the much easier to match flavors.
I. Gutierrez

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Once again, Bruce Weinstein has come up with an ultimate winner, this time with brownies. His other books follow this same format: recipes, then variations. But here, the possibilities are endless, since every recipe has a list of what you can add to make it even better. He and his cowriter say that they are unabashed chocolate lovers. No wonder, because every recipe is loaded with chocolate. I waited for this book to come out, because I liked the other "ultimate" books so well. They're down-to-earth, no gimmick books--you don't have to put up with celebrity egos or foodie snobbery. In the end, there are just lots of good brownie recipes, along with blondies, frostings, and even recipes for doctoring mixes. A chocolate lover's dream, without a lot of fuss and fandango--just what a brownie should be.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By I. Gutierrez on June 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is truly a great book for anyone who simply enjoys baking but much more for all those brownie lovers out there. I agree with the title, "ultimate", no doubt about it!

This book has a great format dividing the numerous recipes into brownies and blondies. If you love both, it gives instructions on how to change and control the texture of them to make them more fudge-like or cake-like. Marvelous! The instructions are really basic, simple-to-use, and helpful even though if you've baked brownies once, you know how to make them for life. The ingredients aren't too hard to get most of the time so with a little experimentation, you'll be churning out the hits in no time.

It has a final section on icings, coverings, and frostings. They're all delicious and easy to make and include a few variations. Each recipe suggests one or two forstings that would complement it well so that makes it all the much easier to match flavors. With so many variations, if you wanted, you'd never stop creating new flavors for your family to enjoy.

I know I sound very enthusiastic about this book but I have good reason to do so. I really have nothing negative to say about this book, except maybe I would've liked some pictures but really, the recipes are so good that I'm not subtracting any stars for this. My family has enjoyed these creations for quite awhile now. A few favorites are the Peanut Butter Brownies, the Mint Brownies, the Coconut Blondies, the Coca-Cola Brownies, and the Chili Pepper Brownies (yes, chili pepper!) This truly is one of my favorite cookbooks.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
Okay, I bought this book because the brownie on the cover made my mouth water. Looking at the recipes in the book, I assumed this was the Marble Cheesecake Brownies and I was right. I've made them a dozen times and they come out as good as they look on the cover, every time. I've made about 8 other recipes from this book and let me tell you that these recipes have more chocolate in them than any other brownie recipes I've ever baked. They're just delicious. I'm usually happy if one or two recipes work in any cookbook, but everything I've made so far has been perfect. Don't hesitate any more, buy this book today!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KG on November 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
This cookbook is, quite simply, a fabulous resource for the brownie fanatic. Not only will you find out a little about the history of the brownie, but you'll have a recipe for just about any ingredient you've ever contemplated brownie-izing, from cranberry to coffee, oat, sweet potato, and jam (not in one recipe!). The book is easy to navigate and informative, and authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough know brownie connoisseurs well enough to choose the perfect key words to describe the creations. Want dense, fudgey goodness? They'll tell you which recipes to use. Prefer light, cake-like chocolate squares? You'll know exactly what recipes to skip.
The book begins with a section called "Special Equipment, Ingredients, and Tips for Success," which includes warnings on baking pan sizes, descriptions of different types of chocolate and additives, and rules of thumb for yielding the best result. The recipes are divided into 4 sections: brownies, blondies (generally "crunchier than brownies, more like a cookie perhaps, or at least a traditional bar cookie"), frostings, and "Fun with Brownie Mixes." The latter has creative suggestions including Brownie Mix Baked Alaska, Brownie Bundt Cake, and Brownie Mix S'mores. Every recipe includes suggestions on variations and stir-ins. My only complaint is that there is no nutritional information provided for the basic recipes... then again, maybe a true brownie fan prefers not to know.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
What a collection of recipes--everything from the usual cakey or chewy brownies to crazy things like sweet potato brownies and (my favorite) brownie smores! I love that they saw blondies should have just enough batter to hold the chips in place. I couldn't agree more. I love this book. My kida have never been so happy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous VINE VOICE on August 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you love brownines, or just plain chocolate, this book has got a little something for just about every kind of craving you could have. The recipes set up like the recipes from Weinstein's other Ultimate cookbooks where there is a basic recipe with many variations or add-ins so that you can make almost brownie you might be craving. As another reviewer posted, many of the recipes do use eggs and butter, but there are also low-fat and somewhat healthier versions of brownies as well (Low-fat, Applesauce, Fat-free, Gluten-free to name a few). I especially recommend the Cocoa Brownies, they are always a favorite, and the suggestion in the recipe intro is right on, the brownies are totally awesome right out of the freezer! Great cookbook, certainly doesn't need any pictures to enhance what your mind already knows a brownie to look like.
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