Got underbaked, overbaked, or leftover brownies? Here are some easy ideas for rescuing your brownies from disaster or from the trash can.
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Sure, I have a recipe fail now and again.
Often, it’s again and again.
But that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world, right? As long as you haven’t burnt them black, brownies are almost always salvageable in one way or another.
Problem #1 – Brownies Underbaked in the Middle
This happens with really fudgy brownie recipes sometimes; they just never get done in the middle, while the outside rim quickly crusts and dries out. Take the brownies out of the oven. Since the edges are done, cut them off. If the leftover middle section is on the larger side, cut it in half and scoot the two pieces apart. Put it back in the oven to finish baking.
Use this test to tell when they’re done!
Problem #2 – Overbaked & Leftover Brownies
Brownies, by definition, should be moist. What good is a dry brownie?
I’m glad you asked.
Whether brownies have dried out by overbaking or simply from being a day or two old, there are still uses for them. Here are some ideas:
- Put them in a food processor and pulse until you have crumbs. Seal in an airtight container and use to top yogurt, garnish whipped cream, use in lieu of cocoa powder on top of tiramisu, etc.
- Speaking of tiramisu, brownies can be used in place of ladyfingers in tiramisu. Simply cut to size and follow your tiramisu recipe.
- Brownies can be chopped into pieces and stirred into ice cream or used as an ice cream topping.
- Throw them in a milkshake (thank you, CakeSpy!) or smoothie.
- Top with ice cream and a shot of espresso. Brownie affogato!
- Or you can put the pieces in a bowl, pour milk over them, and pretend they’re cereal. (It’s the breakfast of champions.)
Using one of these neat brownie edge pans can also help make sure that they cook evenly in the future.
Have you ever used underbaked, overbaked, or leftover brownies creatively? Share your ideas in the comments below!