How To Prevent The Bottoms Of Brownies From Burning.

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by rowanravensong, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. rowanravensong

    rowanravensong

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    I am no stranger to baking. I have been baking since I was 5 MAYBE younger. My grandma taught me to bake. But I have not made brownies for a while because they always burn. So I dont need people to talk to me like a noobie. I even have my families recipe, which is only given to few in the family.

    The only thing I need to know is how to stop the bottoms from burning. You'd think thats a common knowledge type thing but me personally. I dont know how to do it. I have been told WHY they burn but not how to prevent it.

    Every time I buy parchment paper, it gets used in my house by my parents BEFORE I can ever use it. So I was thinking wax paper???
     
  2. brianshaw

    brianshaw

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    There could be many reasons why your brownies burn: perhaps too hot of an oven, perhaps too long of a bake time, perhaps a different rack in the oven would be better.

    Regarding your issue with parchment paper, ll I can suggest is buying more than you need and make sure your home is always stocked withit.  I don't think waxed paper is a very good substitute.  I've read somewhere that someone thinks it is OK to use if it is completely covered by battter... as your brownies will.  But I don't know for sure if there will be any negative affects from the wax gatting hot.  Parchment is teflon  coated, if I recall correctly, and doesn't alter in the heat.  A really good solution is to invest in Silpat silicone baking mats - they work real good and last a long time.
     
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  3. phatch

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    Your oven could also be faulty on temp sensor, temp setting control and so on. Try a lower temp setting and monitor them more closely. You can buy an in oven thermometer inexpensively and test how your oven manages temps to give you a better idea about this.

    Also, don't use a dark pan for baking the brownies. They contribute to bottoms burning.
     
  4. rowanravensong

    rowanravensong

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    actually yeah... it is exactly 4º off. If I have it at 177º C, it's 181ºF. And I check it quite often. And I have tried different racks, of course the lower the rack level, it burns more on the bottom. If I put it to the rack that it wont burn they turn out all gooey in the middle (not the good kind either, the nasty messy kind of gooey.) If I try to change cooking time; a peaceful in between... say the cooking time is 10-15 minutes at 177ºC, I have tried all of those in between.

    I just need a way so that my bottoms dont burn XD
     
  5. sherbel

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    Try putting the brownie pan on an airbake sheet. They're insulated and therefore may solve your problem.
     
  6. tasquah

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    Make sure to pre-heat the oven 10 - 15 min before you start. You can bake your brownies in the pan on top of a cookie sheet or put one on a rack below the one your cooking on to deflect the heat off the bottom of your brownie pan. Or bake your brownies in a bigger pan so there is less thickness of batter in pan.

    350º F (177º C). is a good temp to bake brownies at so it doesn't seem to be what is causing the burnt bottoms. I just read a lady fingers recipe and he recommends placing the sheet pan of piped lady fingers on top of another sheet pan with a wet parchment paper between them to keep the fingers from browning to much. Its pretty much the same thing SherBel mentioned, a airbake sheet is just a 2 layer sheet pan. I only mentioned it in case you do not have one.  
     
  7. panini

    panini

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    ditto, dittto

    double pan