Trilevel Brownies

For our 4th of July dessert, Quinn suggested brownies. I found this recipe in a bargain table cookbook entitled Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Book. It is also available on BH&G’s website.

First, a complaint. Who has an 11″x7″ baking pan? Certainly not me. I even checked online. Not to be found at either Amazon or Baker’s Catalogue. Anyway, I went with a 10″ round pan. They work out about the same. Okay, that being said, on with the recipe.

Trilevel brownies

The crust is a combination of oats, flour, brown sugar, and butter, creating an oatmeal cookie crust. I swear I could have just stopped there and eaten that. But, we push on.

The filling was very simple. Egg, sugar, flour, milk, etc. I was a bit hesitant to use unsweetened chocolate, but the amount of sugar made up for it. This is one of those easy, quick batters that just requires a bowl and a spoon. I substituted pecans for walnuts because, well, I don’t like walnuts. My baking time was about 20 minutes.

About 2 minutes into making the top layer, I became doubtful. A cup and a half of powdered sugar seemed like an awful lot to mix with an ounce of chocolate and 2 tablespoons of butter. Do yourself a favor, and go ahead and add the 2 tablespoons of water while you’re mixing the frosting. You’ll need it. It probably could have taken more water, but I stopped there.

As for the taste, these brownies are quite good. The oats and chocolate work well together. If I were to make these again, I think that I would process the oats in a food processor first to try to make the crust a little more cohesive. This may or may not work, but it was my first thought upon eating them.

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3 Comments

  1. Katie January 18, 2011 Reply

    This brownie looks delicious, but the online recipe is not working! I’d like to make this for a party this week and cannot wait for the the book to be shipped!

  2. jennifer January 18, 2011 Reply

    Katie, I’ve updated the link, and it should be working now. Enjoy!

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