Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Katherine Hepburn Brownies

Maybe the reason that I love actresses of yesteryears so much is that I can tell them apart. Their looks were distinctive. They didn't have plastic surgery to fix their noses, their wrinkles, their lips. They didn't bleach their teeth, and while some of them certainly bleached their hair, they didn't all do it, and certainly not the same shade of platinum blond. They look like they even ate dinner once in a while, and didn't have liposuction to have it all sucked away. And they were gorgeous. Real human women-with flaws and all-are so much more beautiful then the false and brittle images that Hollywood promotes these days. Like Katherine Hepburn, for example. She's spectacular in Bringing Up Baby, divine in Philadelphia Story. She was a real woman; beautiful, talented, and imperfect. And Hepburn even had her own brownie recipe. A gooey, delicious, fudgy, deeply chocolaty brownie recipe. On second thought, maybe she was perfect after all.

Click here for the recipe that we baked as part of our online baking group, Tuesdays with Dorie. They'll cost you about $2.00 to bake on your own, and they're guaranteed to make you as gorgeous as Katherine Hepburn. Honest.)
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29 comments:

Sharon said...

If these will make me look like Audrey, I'm in! Heck, I would've been in anyway :)

chocolatechic said...

I whole heartedly agree with you about the actresses of old.

Marjie said...

I can look like Katherine Hepburn by eating brownies? I don't even like chocolate desserts, but I'd be willing to give it a go!

Lainee said...

Those look divine. I can almost taste them through my screen. Brownies are my weakness, I could eat the whole pan all by myself!

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I love your depiction of the actresses of yesteryear! Oh sooooooooooo true!

I liked them, but will use a milky chocolate next time. Yours look divine!

Leslie said...

Amen sista..!!!

Madam Chow said...

Sin on a plate, my dear! And I LOVED Bringing Up Baby.

Mary Ann said...

So, eating brownies is going to make me look like KH? I am making these tomorrow!
I love what you had to say.

Katrina said...

Whew, I'm SO glad these brownies will make me beautiful--I made them four times this past week! Yay! I love them and made them four different ways. They are a great, easy brownie.
Yours look scrumptious with the nuts (and ice cream) on top!

Debinhawaii said...

Gorgeous brownies and Philadelphia Story is my favorite movie ever. Just stopping by to say "Hi!"--It's been awhile, hope you are doing well.

Aloha,

Deb

Anonymous said...

Oh, these brownies are the BEST -- I've made them for years. And my daughter's name is Katharine. I wanted her to be strong, independent, her own woman -- it worked!

Pamela said...

Now, that's the way to serve a brownie!! Looks fantastic!

Peggy said...

I loved Audrey Hepburn - she was my favorite of all. I'm so glad to see you around again. I've missed you! Hope you had a nice 4th. your brownies look fabulous.

sliceofsueshe said...

that schoop of ice cream makes it look all the more delectable.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Yup, they all seem to look alike. I've had it wrong all these years, I should have been eating brownies instead of depriving myself.
Ramona

Clumbsy Cookie said...

So true what you say about the actresses Prudy! And so true also that those brownies are gorgeous!!!

Michal said...

must.have.brownies.now. these look mahvelous, dahling. and i'm intrigued that they are katherine hebpurn's recipe.

wosnes said...

I didn't read the recipe yesterday -- and it's somewhat different from the one I have. The one I have came from Ladie's Home Journal, 30+ years ago, and was included in an interview with Katharine Hepburn. These are the brownies she made. There's no coffee, cinnamon or cocoa powder in the recipe I have and they bake (still at 325°) for 40 minutes.

I think the instructions for the recipe are given in Katharine's own words. It doesn't sound like the language of a professional writing a recipe.

I'm sure this recipe is good, but I don't think I'd vary from the "original."

wosnes said...

My apologies for yet another comment, but the recipe I have uses two squares of unsweetened chocolate, which I think is 2 ounces -- not 4. There's quite a difference between the recipe I have and Dorie's. I haven't made these in quite some time, but I can't imagine something even more "chocolatey".

TeaLady said...

Yes, Stars of the SILVER screen. Cannot beat them. Ever!!!

Your brownies look divine. With the ice cream and chocolate and.... I am sure if KH ate enough of these she would not be as skinny as she was.

Prudy said...

wosnes: I left out the cinnamon and coffee too. I should have written that. I've made her real recipe before and I think that one is a little bit better. Dorie took a few liberties with this one, but it did came out yummy. You're smart to stick to the original.

Oddbjørg said...

Oh, the brownies look delicious!!

Sara @ Our Best Bites said...

mmmm, yum. You've got me craving brownies at 9:30 in the morning! (Okay, so truth is that's not all that unusual for me, haha) they look delish!

Catherine said...

I love Katharine. Bringing Up Baby and Philadelphia Story are two favorites. And I love what you said about Katharine being a real woman and a beauty. So true. And you're real brownies look like beauties too!

I can't wait for the tex mex vegetable soup - it sounds perfect for me.

Thanks for stopping by to see us today! We had so much fun. It was so fun to have company. My favorite part was when I said, "They're bored" and you said "I'm sure they are." I didn't get to tease you and laugh about the fact that I said my kids were bored and you didn't even politely disagree! Haha! =) I guess there's no hiding it.

jessbcuz said...

totally agree with you regarding actresses...wish we could see a little retro action in todays films as far as that goes...my friend and i were just talking about marilyn monroe and how "soft" and lovely she looked, esp. in comparison to todays beauty idols.

Thrifty Sisters said...

Help! I looked all over the site that your recipe link sent me to and couldn't find the recipe at all!
And I. must. make. these! LOL They look too scrumptious and knowing that Katherine Hepburn made them is even more appealing. Please let me know if I'm doing something wrong in the search...
Thanks! Dessy hadessamullane@gmail.com

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