Asked by: Rosalba Borlinghaus
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Why do my brownies break?

Last Updated: 10th January, 2020

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Stirring too much or using a hand mixer for too longwill put air bubbles into the batter. When you cook thebrownies those air bubbles will expand. When you pullthe baked brownies out of the oven the air bubblesare large. As the brownies cool, the air bubblesshrink causing the top to crack and the middle tosink.

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Also question is, why do my brownies fall apart?

When you beat the eggs and butter you incorporate airinto them, and the flour stabilizes the air bubbles. But if toomuch air is in the mixture for the amount of flour, thebrownies "over-expand" as they bake, but collapse, or cavein, as they cool and the unstable air bubbles deflate.

Also, why do my brownies never cook in the middle? A common problem when baking brownies is that theouter edges get too dark before the middle of the panis done. To correct this problem, turn the heat down by 25degrees, especially if you're using glass or dark aluminum pans.Check the brownies frequently so you don't dry them out byovercooking.

Similarly, you may ask, how long should brownies cool before cutting?

Let the brownies cool completely, about 30minutes, in the pan before slicing into them.

Are brownies supposed to be gooey in the middle?

Brownies should be removed from the oven beforethe centre is fully cooked, as the brownies will continue toset as they cool and this gives the brownie its softtexture. You do not want the brownies to be raw in thecentre when you remove them from the oven, but they should beslightly undercooked.

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How can you tell if brownies are undercooked?

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Do brownies harden as they cool?

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How do you cut brownies cleanly?

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Can undercooked brownies make you sick?

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How do you cut brownies without them sticking?

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How do you tell if brownies are done without toothpick?

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Can I put brownies in the fridge to cool?

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Should I cover brownies while they cool?

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Do brownies set as they cool?

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How do you store fresh baked brownies?

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Why do you have to let brownies cool?

Not letting the chocolate cool aftermelting.
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How do you fix runny brownies?

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Can you put uncooked brownies back in the oven?

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How do you soften hard brownies?

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Florencio Aberlein

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Are brownies supposed to be chewy?

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Can I Rebake undercooked cake?

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