I have two exciting things to share with you: this giveaway, for a Vanilla Bean Baking Book apron and tea towel, and a recipe for my favorite brownies found in my cookbook. Yah!
I had some lovely help with these photos; my daughter above, and Ms. Molly Yeh, Melissa Coleman, and Zoe Francois. I got to hang out with them this weekend at Pinch of Yum’s amazing studio to celebrate Molly’s new book, and they were kind enough to let me take a picture of them in my pretty pink apron.
FIRST THINGS FIRST, THE GIVEAWAY
To Enter: Pre-order THE VANILLA BEAN BAKING BOOK and enter for a chance to win an apron and tea towel designed to go with the book! 12 winners will receive these lovely and practical (I had to make sure that the aprons have pockets!) kitchen items. Everyone who has pre-ordered my cookbook previously or places an order through Wednesday November 2nd is eligible to participate. (Sorry, US only!) Simply go to this google form here and fill it out.
Extra Entries: Share my photo about the giveaway on Instagram to receive an extra entry! Make sure to use the hashtags #vanillabeanbakingbook and #vanillabeangiveaway to help me track all entries. Thanks!
And now, brownies. I have three favorite brownie recipes: Ina Garten’s outrageous brownies, the famous Baked brownies, and one I have on my site, from America’s Test Kitchen. I wanted a recipe that sort of combined the best elements of each of them. That meant good chocolate flavor, the perfect balance between cakey and fudgy, and a slightly chewy texture (a nod to the boxed brownies of my youth) were all on my list. After six months of testing and tweaking this recipe, I finally baked a perfect pan of brownies.
I know brownies are subjective. Everyone has their own way of loving them, and you may not agree with me on texture here. I understand, we’re all unique individuals. But every time I eat these, I nod my head with a smile, confident that my search for perfection is ove...