I used to cut my brownies with a metal knife, rushing things, as I tend to do, by cutting them as soon as possible after removing them from the oven. Then someone told me to try cutting them with a plastic knife while still warm, but not hot. So I tried letting them cool a bit (a test of my patience) and using one of the little serrated plastic knives like you use at a picnic, or at McDonald's. Guess what? Not only did the brownies look better, but this method eliminated the problem of scratches on my brownie pan. Since then, I have discovered that the hard plastic spatula that came with my mini food chopper works even better! Another common suggestion for easier and neater brownie cutting is using a pizza cutter. I tried that and found it difficult to get the round blade into the edges of the pan.
You'll also notice that I like to cut the edges off because I think they look better on a platter that way. Plus, Mabz loves the edges and eats them right out of the pan!
Other great tips are available around the web:
- Amy of The Finer Things in Life shows a comparison between the metal knife and plastic knife methods.
- Taste of Home offers troubleshooting tips for brownie baking and more, so much more that there's...
- page 2 of Baking Better Brownies, which includes readers' tips and links to recipes.
- About.com's All About Brownies offers some unique serving suggestions.
- Land O' Lakes Dessert Bar Tips include how to cut brownies into cute diamond shapes.
Here are our treats all wrapped up and ready to go:
The pink you see showing through is polka dot tissue paper. Instead of having seasonal platters, I use this cookie plate, which has a Christmas design etched on the back, all year long! I just change it up with tissue paper, doilies, fabric, or whatever makes it work for the occasion, and nobody knows the difference. Well, I guess they will now... Come to think of it, fabric would've been more appropriate for this picnic, wouldn't it?