Katherine Hepburn saves the day (with brownies)

I love a potluck

Friday night potlucks are tough.  Each week ends before I know it, and I'm not one to just run to the store and bring something store-bought.  So I needed something that would be quick and easy for a potluck at JD's which would kick off my birthday weekend.  Then I saw a post from Leite's Culinaria, an awesome blog you should follow if you don't already.  The focus was Katherine Hepburn's brownies, which I'd tried to make a couple years ago from a recipe handwritten by my mom.

The recipe I first used must have been transcribed wrong because the brownies never set (we later realized the error must have come because Hepburn calls for "squares" of chocolate instead of listing actual ounces).  

This time around, I doubled the recipe so it needed to cook it for much longer than called for.  Turns out these brownies, in their original form, are delicate to begin with and must be handled with care.  (And in the hurry I was in to bake these off and get to the potluck, they were still warm when I cut them, which made quite a delicious mess!)

Katherine Hepburn's Brownies
makes 9 brownies (I suggest doubling the recipe!)

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, plus more for buttering the pan
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper and butter the paper.
  • 2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a large saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir to make a smooth batter. Add the flour, salt, and walnuts and stir until incorporated.
  • 3. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool on a rack. Cut into squares and serve.

this kale salad really stole the show, if you ask me!  

cheers to JD's sky high apple berry pie!