August 22, 2020
Katharine Hepburn’s (Movie Star) Brownies
Wearing my movie star “shades” in honor of the fudgy, chocolatey
Katharine Hepburn Brownie.
Chocolate brownies and classic movie stars have the leads in today’s blog post. What’s not to like about this tantalizing duo, right? Today’s brownie recipe originated with screen legend, Katharine Hepburn. But before we find ourselves surrounded by these brownies of chocolate yumminess, please, allow me to regale you with a story of old…
Hooray for Hollywood!
Do you remember the first movie that you ever saw in a theatre? I do!
I was five, and spending the week with my grandparents. They took me to see Disney’s
Son of Flubber (1963) [the sequel to The Absent-minded Professor (1961)], starring
Fred MacMurray. I was completely carried away by this family sci-fi fantasy, complete with Flubbergas and crazy college football players. Thus, began my love of the movies (and television), especially the classic variety.
My first movie viewing in a theatre was of Disney’s
Son of Flubber (1963), starring Fred MacMurray.
(Isn’t Charlie, the dog, cute?)
As a child, I came to love the glamour and beauty of the actors and actresses upon the screen, clad in various costumes, shown in an array of locales, and accompanied by magical stories. I became enamored with Hollywood’s charm. My young self (We are talking around second grade, here.) was also drawn to the amazingly good looks of many of the leading men in the movies/TV, and resulted in my first childhood crushes. Batman/Adam West, Gilligan’s Island’s The Professor/ Russell Johnson, and Elvis Presley caught my young eye. To this day, I love classic movie and TV, and am still a fan of the trio above. :o)
Katharine Hepburn in the Movies
One of the undisputed queens of classic movies is Katharine Hepburn. Do you have a favorite Katharine Hepburn film? If you are not familiar with Katharine Hepburn’s work, I suggest the following four films:
I am partial to comedies, and lighter-fare, and all four of these classics are enjoyably entertaining. (The second and third on this list, are currently streaming on HBO Max.)
If you decide to watch one of these movie gems, let me know what you think in the comments!
My four favorite Katharine Hepburn films.
Katharine Hepburn in the Kitchen
According to a PBS article, here, Katharine Hepburn’s brownie recipe originally appeared in a 2003 article in the New York Times. The recipe comes from a family friend, who had once presented Hepburn with a batch of their own brownies. Upon tasting them, the star remarked that the gifted brownies were made with too much flour, and proceeded to give the friend her own brownie recipe. That recipe is below.
Today’s brownie recipe comes from screen legend, Katharine Hepburn.
Katharine Hepburn’s (Movie Star) Brownies
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
(I used salted, because that is what I had.)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 cup roughly chopped walnuts or pecans
(I used about 1/4 cup chopped pecans.)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Butter an 8-inch square pan.
Melt butter with the cocoa in a heavy saucepan over medium-low,
whisking constantly till blended.
Remove from heat and stir in the sugar.
Whisk in the eggs and vanilla.
Stir in flour, salt and pecans. Mix well.
Pour into a buttered 8-inch square baking pan. (Mine is glass.)
Bake at 325 degrees for about 35-40 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool completely and cut into squares.
Makes about 12 brownies.
Fresh From the Oven
As much as I enjoyed Katharine Hepburn’s brownies, and the various others that I have made over the years (see those below), my favorite brownies continue to be
Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Brownies. I have baked these from scratch in the past,
but to be honest, the mix-made brownies tastes just as good as those made from scratch, and are a whole lot easier. I top these brownies with a half batch of my
Aunt Liz’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting. The recipe for this frosting is here.
I love these brownies!
My favorite brownies continue to be these
Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Brownies.
Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that have put a smile on my face. :o)
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I love these portraits that my granddaughters created!!!
Other Related Posts, including Brownie Recipes from Previous Posts
Meeting Dick Van Dyke
Cape Cod Brownies
Lobsters and Clam Chowder and Birthday Cakes, Oh My!, May 2019, here.
This recipe is similar to the Katharine Hepburn recipe (above),
except Hepburn’s uses unsalted butter and 1/2 cup cocoa,
instead of the regular butter and 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
that are called for in this Cape Cod variety.
Ghirardelli Brownies with Aunt Liz’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
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