Monday, November 29, 2010

Is it really supposed to be this hard?

Confession time.  I stink at baking Brownie Bites.  I know, I know.  It has to be one of the simplest treats to bake in the kitchen but, I still stink at it.  I can make my own yogurt, butter and cheese.  I can make my own jams, jellies, preserves and pickles.  I can bake an assortment of delicious home baked breads.  I roast meats with ease.  But Brownie Bites?  I just cannot bake the 'gift giving, picture perfect' batch to save my life!  So I'm asking for your help.  Leave me tips on how you bake these successfully!

I've been collecting these Hershey's tins over the course of the year at yard sales and thrift stores. If they were in like new condition and under $ .50 they went home with me. Here are a couple of my favorites.

When I was able to pick up 8 boxes of Pillsbury Brownie Mixes free, an idea began for forming.  I'll combine the two for gifts to our neighbors and delivery people.  (Forgetting briefly my track record)

I gathered all the ingredients to bake 'cake like' brownies as directed. I prepared the brownie mix according to the package directions. I sprayed the mini brownie pan so the brownie bites wouldn't stick. I baked these for 15 minutes @ $350 degrees.
These are looking good! I let these cool about 5 minutes and tried flipping them out. Nothing! They all stuck to the pan. :( 
After running a knife around them and prying them out, I have 12 pretty good looking brownie bites.

You can see how they stuck though.  And it just got worse as I continued.  I washed and re-greased the pan between each batch and they just continued to stick.  How do you keep these from sticking?

Out of the 4 dozen I attempted to bake, 2 dozen were deemed 'good' enough to gift. Any tips for me?

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  1. This might not be the answer you're looking for, but I don't bake anything in any muffin cups without using paper cupcake liners. I had one too many recipe stick and I just said to myself, "No more!"

  2. I'm thinking about those paper liners as well. Something to think about!

  3. Put little wax paper circles on the bottom (but still also grease the sides).

  4. Hi Teresa!
    I was going to offer the same advise as Annie, using the liners, that way you have less mess and no worry about it sticking :)
    I hope it all works out for you! :)
    Have a nice day! :D

  5. If you're really not wanting to use muffin liners for whatever reason, use parchment paper.

    It 'looks' like the biggest problem is they are sticking on the bottom, mostly. So, take a sheet of parchment paper, fold it down to a small square slightly larger than the base of the muffin tin rounds. Flip tin upside down, trace circle size on parchment paper, cut out circle... Voila! Multiple little circles in minimal effort. Spray pan before lining bottoms with circles. Then you only have to worry about swiping the sides free with paring knife, and the parchment circles are easy to remove, and even reuse. :D

    Sorry. I get a little long winded.

  6. I would leave a little bit of the dry mix off to the side and when you grease the pan dust it with the dry mix before you pour the batter.


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