Best Brownies Recipe

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This week on wars we baked up batches of our favorite after school snack, rich, chocolatey brownies. Our chefs baked up batches by Ina Garten and Martha Stewart/Matt Lewis (of Baked bakery fame) to figure out whose dark,luscious brownies were the best, and whose literally crumbled under the competition.

Want to try the recipes for yourself?
Ina Garten – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/outrageous-brownies-recipe3/index.html
Matt Lewis/Martha Stewart – http://www.marthastewart.com/319382/deep-dark-brownies

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100 Comments for Best Brownies Recipe

  1. ChefBCfromDC on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    We hope so too, and its all in part thanks to you, and viewers like you
    (did that sound too PBS ?) ….I mean it though. Thank you !!

  2. ChefBCfromDC on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    The parchment paper and cocoa powder are great techniques. Glad we could
    inform. Which restaurant are you at would love to stop by some time for a
    tasty treat, especially if you serve salted caramel brownies >>winning!!!
    Also we are going to be having a t-shirt design competition coming up, so
    stay posted. You keep watching we’ll keep cooking, and wearing great
    shirts!!!!

  3. ChefBCfromDC on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    We love the fact that you love us !!! Thank you

  4. ChefBCfromDC on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    Yes indeedy!

  5. ChefBCfromDC on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    Its a clear winner even though I lost this episode I still won, because
    Marthas recipe that Judith made was DELISH!

  6. ChefBCfromDC on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    So yummy

  7. ChefBCfromDC on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    So glad you like thank you for the support!

  8. ChefBCfromDC on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    : D

  9. ChefBCfromDC on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    They were, just too soft, but molten lava cake soft, which isn’t
    necessarily a bad thing just not what you are going for with brownies

  10. ChefBCfromDC on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    and they better taste good too!!!

  11. ChefBCfromDC on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    working on it !!! might take awhile, or if you are in the LA area we might
    be able to have you come for a tasting.

  12. Basil Mahmud on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    I wish I could, BC! I live in Chicago!

  13. freddywatson on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    Love the way BC and Judith work together. Aside from the knowledge BC
    imparts, he’s just fun to watch. Love this show!!! Always have had an issue
    with consistency in brownie baking…I know have the confidence to try
    again!! Thank you!

  14. RocksNFossils4U on January 7, 2013: (Reply)

    Wow…BC rocks! What an amazing combo…funny…confidence in front of the
    camera ….incredible know how in the kitchen….Why hasn’t this show been
    picked up by a tv network?? Looking at the other shows on the tube….this
    would be a welcome addition!!

  15. Chef Kate on January 9, 2013: (Reply)

    Hungry for dessert? Stuck baking for your kid’s charity bake sale? Make
    brownies! Everyone loves them, they’re ridiculously easy, and they taste
    amazing.

    Best Brownies Recipe

  16. Ron Winfrey on January 9, 2013: (Reply)

    Love the amsterdam shirt. Perfect tie in to brownies…special ingredient
    brownies…

  17. abbyd711 on January 11, 2013: (Reply)

    love the shirt BC. Jamaica would also work-Gonja brownies after the curry
    chicken would be great 🙂 No problem Mon!

  18. Mayra Montes on January 12, 2013: (Reply)

    Love the recipes, surprised B.C. didn’t win, but good try. 🙂

  19. tenapage on January 12, 2013: (Reply)

    <<wayyyyyy jealous of ya'll chomping on brownies right now. swore ina's
    recipe would have been awesome…how can you go wrong with like 18lbs of
    butter and 6 lbs of chocolate? oh well. yummy episode.

  20. RecipeWars on January 15, 2013: (Reply)

    If BC doesn’t bring a stellar recipe to the table, BC won’t win. He’s not
    the only awesome chef on our show. Plus, his loss goes to show that
    chocolate+butter do not always equal a great brownie.

  21. Mayra Montes on January 15, 2013: (Reply)

    All the chefs are awesome. Love that they have different views on food.

  22. RecipeWars on January 17, 2013: (Reply)

    the flavor was awesome, but that much butter and chocolate sort of caused
    the recipe to fall to pieces. Flavor=great, texture=weird

  23. RecipeWars on January 17, 2013: (Reply)

    We figured that those “in the know” would totally get the amsterdam t shirt
    and the rest would just figure that it was a nice t shirt. Perfect for
    everyone!

  24. RecipeWars on January 17, 2013: (Reply)

    We actually like being on youtube. Networks are awesome, but by being
    online for free, it means that everyone can check us out, whether or not
    they can afford fancy cable packages. We like reaching all kinds of folks.

  25. RecipeWars on January 17, 2013: (Reply)

    Try again! Just don’t use Ina’s recipe. We had a consistency issue there.

  26. RecipeWars on January 17, 2013: (Reply)

    that he does. We’re working on that.

  27. RecipeWars on January 17, 2013: (Reply)

    exactly. There’s no way to lose when you’re eating delicious brownies

  28. RecipeWars on January 17, 2013: (Reply)

    Buy a cheap 10 dollar kitchen scale at your local big box store. Measuring
    by weight is the best for baking, and a good digital scale makes life so
    easy

  29. Sue Lo on January 22, 2013: (Reply)

    i have never liked Brownies because it is always too sweet. i may like it
    this time because of recipe wars.I will reduce sugar in formula and hope it
    comes out good

  30. RecipeWars on January 22, 2013: (Reply)

    if you try a nice dark chocolate and cut the sugar a bit, you should get a
    brownie that is rich, but not super sweet.

  31. Yaminia1 on January 26, 2013: (Reply)

    BC always seems to win, odd to see him not for once =P Can anyone tell me
    any others BC hasn’t won? Also, they looked awesome :3

  32. Aneeqa x on January 27, 2013: (Reply)

    Mmhhm Brownies 3

  33. RecipeWars on January 28, 2013: (Reply)

    BC didn’t win the pad thai recipe either. He also didn’t win French Onion
    Soup, the flan episode, the chocolate souffle episode, and the chili
    episode, just to name a few. BC’s a winner, but sometimes he picks recipes
    that just aren’t.

  34. RecipeWars on January 28, 2013: (Reply)

    agreed.

  35. Yaminia1 on January 29, 2013: (Reply)

    Ty, couldn’t think of any he hadn’t

  36. 2dasimmons on February 5, 2013: (Reply)

    me too! What happened to the Asian girl?

  37. RecipeWars on February 5, 2013: (Reply)

    we rotate our chefs in and out from time to time. She’s back in the banana
    bread episode!

  38. ChefBCfromDC on February 5, 2013: (Reply)

    Fine …. I’m a giant loser I said it… geez ….question why the desire
    to see and know all the losses… just curious ?!? Plus they say you always
    learn best from your losses and it is very true when it come to cooking.

  39. ChefBCfromDC on February 5, 2013: (Reply)

    Please do it and then send us a batch for eating… I mean taste testing
    … I mean I will consume them all and not share …. By the way you rock
    Sue Lo thank you for all the love and support!!!

  40. ChefBCfromDC on February 5, 2013: (Reply)

    See, I like the old school heirloom scales. They look nice, and that is
    what I learned on, but by all means for time, price, and dare I say,
    accuracy go electric….. (NOOOOOOOO !!!! one hit wonder Neville
    Livingston’ Electric slide just popped in my head)

  41. ChefBCfromDC on February 5, 2013: (Reply)

    You are awesome!!

  42. ChefBCfromDC on February 5, 2013: (Reply)

    Well come get you some grrrrrrrl!!! Join the west coast !!!!

  43. ChefBCfromDC on February 5, 2013: (Reply)

    Jamaica would def have worked ….. However, I feel like dessert should
    always be first in those instances, that way you dont get hungry later! (or
    so I have been told)

  44. ChefBCfromDC on February 5, 2013: (Reply)

    what ever do you mean? 😉

  45. ChefBCfromDC on February 5, 2013: (Reply)

    You as a fan are a welcome addition!!!!

  46. ChefBCfromDC on February 5, 2013: (Reply)

    Do it, and then send me some … my address is…….

  47. ChefBCfromDC on February 5, 2013: (Reply)

    on your next visit to the west coast then!!!

  48. Aneeqa x on February 8, 2013: (Reply)

    kay!

  49. RecipeWars on February 8, 2013: (Reply)

    BC– I keep track because I like seeing you lose. It makes you hungrier for
    a win the next time around.

  50. Nikki Lewis on February 9, 2013: (Reply)

    Nice

  51. Nikki Lewis on February 9, 2013: (Reply)

    Nice

  52. aznkriss133 on February 9, 2013: (Reply)

    You guys should do a gnocchi episode!

  53. RecipeWars on February 11, 2013: (Reply)

    we’ll put that on our list. you have the best ideas!

  54. Honjudd on February 14, 2013: (Reply)

    Making brownies wearing that amsterdam shirt, I see what you did there…

  55. RecipeWars on February 14, 2013: (Reply)

    clever, no?

  56. malfoymalfunction on February 27, 2013: (Reply)

    Just wondering, what accent does Judith have? 🙂

  57. RecipeWars on February 27, 2013: (Reply)

    british mixed with paraguayan mixed with american.

  58. TouchyBanana on March 6, 2013: (Reply)

    You guys screwed up on Ina’s brownies so much your batter was too thick
    that’s why yours didn’t help up well

  59. RecipeWars on March 6, 2013: (Reply)

    we followed the recipe exactly. Perhaps the food network version of the
    recipe was screwed up a touch? It’s different from the version in her book.

  60. RecipeWars on March 6, 2013: (Reply)

    the flavor was great, they just fell apart! Sometimes, we get surprise
    results. that’s half the fun.

  61. TouchyBanana on March 7, 2013: (Reply)

    I meant the pan you guys use was too deep instead of like the baking trays
    that aren’t that high

  62. RecipeWars on March 7, 2013: (Reply)

    we used the dish she suggested she used. the height of the dish shouldn’t
    effect the outcome this much.

  63. Brontis Shane on March 7, 2013: (Reply)

    It’s a recipe for loveliness.

  64. Brontis Shane on March 7, 2013: (Reply)

    One way to salvage an overcooked (not burned) brownie: Chop it into chunks
    and throw it into a nice homemade chocolate ice cream!

  65. RecipeWars on March 7, 2013: (Reply)

    ohh believe us, it didn’t go to waste. It may have ended up blended into
    milkshakes.

  66. jmmacb03 on March 9, 2013: (Reply)

    Made Martha’s three times and now everyone is asking for double batches.
    This time I am going to toast the walnuts. Perfect topping where no
    frosting is needed. Cut lightly with a serrated knife to start and then a
    warm, wet chef’s knife straight down and the topping doesn’t break down and
    crumble.

  67. jmmacb03 on March 9, 2013: (Reply)

    Me again, sorry but BC you say “bad boy” in every episode…and it is rude
    to gesture with a utensile…

  68. jmmacb03 on March 9, 2013: (Reply)

    Even try 70% chocolate that goes from dark to intense etc…not just the
    semi-sweet bars that might already be too sweet…you are only good as your
    ingredients!

  69. jmmacb03 on March 9, 2013: (Reply)

    Just one more thing, if you take greater care with the parchment and fold
    it to the width of the pan and not just crunch it in, the sides of all your
    brownies will be perfect.

  70. Gerardo Ayala on March 13, 2013: (Reply)

    Sorry to say that I made the Ina brownies and they turn out just great not
    the way that yours turn out, for me they are the best ones.

  71. RecipeWars on March 14, 2013: (Reply)

    we’re so glad they worked for you! The recipe looks delicious in writing.
    we really wanted it to work. What did you do differently? We’d love some
    tips.

  72. RecipeWars on March 14, 2013: (Reply)

    wow, lots of comments. We were more worried about taste of consistency than
    the sides of our brownies being perfect, but you’re right, we definitely
    could have taken greater care with our parchment. Sometimes we rush. If
    you’ve watched a few episodes, you’ll see that BC isn’t the most polite. He
    gestures with utensils, says “bad boy” a lot (we’re turning it into a
    drinking game) and acts like an idiot. we like him anyway.

  73. Gerardo Ayala on March 14, 2013: (Reply)

    Well the only thing that I saw was that I use a 13x18x1 nonstick pan with
    baking spray and half way I tap the tray to the wire rack of the oven, and
    let them for 35 min, I don’t have a picture but next time I will send you
    one with the final result.

  74. ButtercupBonnie on March 15, 2013: (Reply)

    What??? You stress not to use a whisk.. then use a whisk for almost all of
    the recipe?!

  75. Chef Mel Yisrael on March 15, 2013: (Reply)

    I DON’T GET IT, bcuz I made the INA GARTEN version and it came out
    EXCELLENT for me to the point that I have taken orders for those particular
    brownies so u must of did something incorrect along the way.

  76. Eva cibrian on April 7, 2013: (Reply)

    Bc repeated what the girl say about he ovens….

  77. Influat on April 16, 2013: (Reply)

    I do everything differently.. and mostly how you say not to. My brownies
    are actually really soft, sweet and rich- to the point of people I don’t
    even know offering me money to make them more. It’s so tiring when people
    say ‘don’t do this’ because they heard from someone it wasn’t the ‘right’
    way. Oof. People need to experiment and do what works for them.

  78. Samia R. on April 24, 2013: (Reply)

    Soooooo much comments anyways the taste amazing I’m sure

  79. sripai392 on May 4, 2013: (Reply)

    Is the girl from London

  80. Halo55412 on June 1, 2013: (Reply)

    This makes me wish I could cook! 🙁

  81. xxFASHIONISTASxx on August 10, 2013: (Reply)

    Are you thieving cupcake wars name?

  82. David Reitz on August 12, 2013: (Reply)

    You used a whisk! The chocolate burned while over the boiling water. The
    water was too hot… but if you used a rubber spatula the chocolate
    wouldn’t have burned.

  83. Fiona Rae on October 16, 2013: (Reply)

    Hmm I tried out Ina Garten’s recipe too and yes they did turn out a little
    crumbly. However, it wasn’t dry as there was the fudgy texture when you
    chewed it; just that it didn’t hold that solid. One suggestion, is to
    refrigerate the brownies for the cooling process. My second batch was
    refrigerated and it held up much better. Though I’m still working on how to
    modify this to make it less crumbly.

  84. Malena Lara on November 10, 2013: (Reply)

    chocolate cake!
    I want chocolate cake!!

  85. Olivia c on November 12, 2013: (Reply)

    too much talking!!

  86. Golden Phoenix on December 4, 2013: (Reply)

    Forget about the brownies, i just wonder how many gallons of milk i need
    while i m eating the delicious Judith. 

  87. Lisa B on December 24, 2013: (Reply)

    She likes nuts in her brownies. I saw both of them smerk while she was
    saying that Lol I’m trying Ina garten’s version!

  88. Brian Bell on January 4, 2014: (Reply)

    if he followed the recipe he would have made ina’s brownies in a sheet pan,
    her brownies are not made to be these big thick things, their made to be
    thinner, hence why they didnt hold up when he tried to make then in a 8×8
    pan

  89. Ashley Yu on January 11, 2014: (Reply)

    is she british or american??? so confused

  90. sunshine77789 on January 27, 2014: (Reply)

    I haven’t tried Martha’s but I’ve been making Ina’s brownies for years.
    Love love love them!!!

  91. sootherbs on April 25, 2014: (Reply)

    thanks for trying and comparing these two recipes for us 

  92. tubebitch12 on June 22, 2014: (Reply)

    That guy is cutthroat! He tried to sabotage the lady ! He lost though, too
    bad!

  93. Natalie Perales on July 30, 2014: (Reply)

    Shes mean

  94. captainofallninjas on August 10, 2014: (Reply)

    I hate the girl’s narration

  95. nollynn yunos on August 12, 2014: (Reply)

    your video was absolutely great ! i love it . you guys deliver many useful
    tips . keep it up ! :)

  96. Jessica Liew on August 15, 2014: (Reply)

    For Martha Stewart’s recipe, how much walnuts do I add if I would like to
    replace the chocolate chips with that? And if I would like to do half
    walnut half chocolate chips how much should I add?

    And how many percent cocoa for her (Martha Stewart’s) dark chocolate? xD
    Thanks! 

  97. Kr Tong on August 25, 2014: (Reply)

    Please do crepe or swedish pancake recipie wars.

  98. Diego Santos on October 4, 2014: (Reply)

    The best brownie is michel brownie from the french tarte england surbiton

  99. Diego Santos on October 4, 2014: (Reply)

    she really dont know .. what she is doing ?????

  100. Diego Santos on October 4, 2014: (Reply)

    mix dry separado

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