Saturday, May 24, 2008
I enjoy life around the edges.
The mainstream is boring; there are few surprises and everyone just moves along in one massive, pudgy blob. Most everything in life is oriented for the biggest group, the soft easy middle.
Out on the edges things are a little less predictable. Things aren't as smooth, there are bumps in the road, potholes. It's also where the great confluences occur, those events that you can't anticipate. The edges are where the normal rules break down; it's where the "average" of the center starts to fall apart. The edge is where one influence takes over all others, it's where the magic happens.
It's at the edges that cooking gets interesting. I love pizza at the very edge of the slice. Not because of the crust (I really only like thin crust), but because that's where the cheese gets a little burned. I like bacon at the ends because that's where it's the crispiest. I like cookies that have been baked just a minute or to over the recommended time, because then you get that truly satisfying crunch when you bite into them.
In our house, crispy is where it's at. Whenever SSSal makes a batch of brownies, it gets eaten from the outside in. The last pieces eaten are always from the center. Well no more. I give you the Baker's Edge Brownie Pan. I came across this pan somewhere on the internet and ordered it immediately through Amazon. Obviously I am not alone in my edge obsession, because when I ordered it, the pan was back ordered by two weeks.
As you can see from the pictures the pan is a maze-like contraption that ensures that you get nothing but crispy edges when you bake. We tried it out the other day and it works sensationally. About the only difference we experienced is that the cooking time seems to take a couple minutes longer than normal box recommendations.
The brownies in this batch disappeared faster than any in recent memory. No forlorn center piece waiting to be eaten by some desperate soul at 11PM. I can say unequivocally that this brownie pan is the greatest invention in the history of mankind, (baking division). If you like your brownies crispy and all edge then you have to get this product (may I suggest the amazon link on this page?).
If this product weren't already great enough the web site gives you recipes for cookie bars, blondies, zucchini bread, lasagnas, gratins and more. If you love that crispy edge, you need this product!!
Well there you have it, Crabby's second product endorsement (after the Le Creuset). Later this long weekend I'm going to put up the first post of a summer long garden experiment. Check in tomorrow or Monday.
Have a nice weekend.