Fudgy Brownies and Feisty Women…

September 20th, 2008

The other day, J asked me, “What is the greatest heroine in American literature?”   Well, I thought about it but nothing immediately came to mind.  There is Hester Prynne in the Scarlet Letter but why can’t I think of a great heroine?  J suggested Nancy Drew and Scarlett O’Hara.  The question got me thinking about what constituted a heroine and I brought it up with some of my friends.  We all love reading so I was sure we could brainstorm some great characters.  Again, we struggled…adding only Jo Marsh from Little Women to the list.  Well, that gives us a few.  Now, what do these women have in common?  They are all strong, intelligent, independent and feisty women.  As a modern woman, those seem like admirable characteristics.  Unfortunately, there seems to be few examples in literature.  Why is that?  Do you have any additions?

In honor of feisty and chocolate loving women everywhere, I tried out Katharine Hepburn’s brownie recipe.  She definitely fits into the feisty women category.  The brownies were amazing!  I took them to class so that I did not eat the entire pan myself.  I did change the recipe a little bit because it calls for unsweetened chocolate and I only had bittersweet.  Overall, they were great!

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies
(adapted from here)
1 stick of butter
3/4 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Melt together butter and chocolate and take the saucepan off the heat.
2. Stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla, and beat the mixture well.
3. Stir in flour and salt.
4. Bake the brownies in a buttered and floured 8-inch-square pan (I use a pie pan) at 325°F for about 30 minutes.

10 Responses to “Fudgy Brownies and Feisty Women…”

  1. VeggieGirl on September 20, 2008 8:12 am

    I agree with Scarlett O’Hara being on the list; and Katharine Hepburn is definitely worthy as well!! :0)

    Delicious brownies!

  2. Manggy on September 20, 2008 9:07 am

    Oh, I just saw an auditioner at America’s Next Top Model stumble at that exact same question! She should’ve named Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield.

    The brownies certainly deserve their own title as an American classic! Yum!!

  3. JEB on September 20, 2008 1:46 pm

    Mmm, feisty chocolate women brownies.

  4. LyB on September 23, 2008 4:34 pm

    I have such a chocolate craving right now, I should not have looked at this! Those brownies look so dark and fudgy, just the way I like them. :)

  5. admin on September 28, 2008 4:06 pm

    Veggie Girl- thanks!

    manggy- Ah! Jessica and Elizabeth…excellent choice! I always related to Elizabeth!

    JEB- They are mighty delicious!

    LyB- They are amazing! I would love to make some more! :)

  6. Elle on September 29, 2008 8:29 pm

    Oh wow, those look incredible!

  7. Maddy on September 29, 2008 8:56 pm

    I’m totally making these this weekend. They look like they top any regular old brownie!

  8. Kevin on October 9, 2008 7:07 pm

    That brownie looks so moist an dense and chocolaty and good!

  9. Brownie Points! at Just Get Floury on November 9, 2009 5:42 pm

    [...] possibly my favorite chocolate dessert. Saveur had an article on them with a few recipes including Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies and  Nick’s “Supernatural” Brownies. I made Nick’s last week.  I liked [...]

  10. Anddrew on February 14, 2011 6:32 am

    My grandmother put these in her cookbook (Secrets of Palm Beach Cookery) as O’Hara-Hepburn brownies.

    I just adapted a batch for Valentine’s Day with white chocolate chips on top and pink crystal sprinkles over them.

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