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The Best Brownie Recipe & Using the Frigidaire Symmetry Oven Convection Feature

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I will admit, I am a bit of a brownie snob. I like milk chocolatey brownies with no add-ins. I don’t want nuts, chocolate chips or candy messing up my brownies. Plain and simple is the best.

My brownies must be soft and chewy and have that perfect, soft, top crust. I like gooey, but not so gooey I have smeared chocolate all over my hands and face when I’m done.

I’ve been frustrated in the past because there is a bakery near by with the most amazing, thick, chocolatey brownies… just like I like them. I have never had success with making thick, homemade brownies at home because the outer edge always cooks faster than the inside and I end up with brownies that are raw in the middle and over cooked on the outside. Until now…

You may remember that my friends at Frigidaire sent me a Symmetery Double oven to test out. I’ve written about some of my favorite features, like the quick pre-heat and the fact that the double ovens are so useful when I need to cook for a crowd. One thing I hadn’t tested out, until today, was the True Convection feature.

With the Frigidaire Symmetry Double Oven you can turn the oven into a True Convection oven with the simple touch of a button. How nifty is that?

I’ll admit, I didn’t really know the benefits of having a Convection oven. I heard convection ovens are great for baking, that they typically reduce the bake time and provide a more even baking experience. With this brownie recipe I kept the temperature the same and the bake time ended up being equal to what I bake them in in a non-convection oven. The noticeable difference for me was in the texture of the entire pan of brownies. They were cooked all the way through without any sections being too under-cooked.  The convection oven provided even cooking, through and through. I can’t wait to bake more things using the True Convection feature of the Frigidaire Symmetry Double Oven!

As a brownie snob, you can imagine that I’ve tried a zillion and ten recipes searching for that perfect, fudgey, chocolate brownie. Am I the only one who thinks often times this is one case where the box mix is just as good as homemade? When I decide to go homemade with brownies, this recipe I found on Food.com many years ago is the closest I’ve found to brownie perfection. Brownies purists… you will love this simple, chocolatey, delicious recipe…I promise!

Recipe: The Best Brownies (Adapted from Food.com)

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  1. Place all ingredients into a mixer and combine thoroughly.
  2. Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Pour brownie batter into the baking pan.
  3. Bake in a 350• preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.


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  1. Divine and you tease me with these. So in desperate need of something decadently chocolaty and this is it.

  2. Now THOSE are some brownies I’d go to war for.

  3. You and I seem to have the same quest for homemade brownies. Chewy, dense, and the perfect, shiny, crackled top (although, I don’t mind a few walnuts or chocolate chips added in). I, too, have tried millions of recipes and usually fall back on a boxed mix when I want something reliable. Funny that I saw an America’s Test Kitchen blind survey where most people picked the boxed brownies over the homemade, too. We are not alone, but I am going to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing (and thanks for the convection tip…I don’t use that feature on my oven often, as I am really not a baker.)

  4. These look delicious! My favorite brownies are the fudgy kind!

  5. Beautiful. Perfect. Delicious. Brownies are Sean’s favorite dessert, so I simply must try this one out for him really soon. :)

  6. Everyone has their own brownie “best recipe” and I am glad you found yours, that you love, that works for you.

    I found mine, although yours are tempting me!

    I agree with everything you said about the add-in’s, but I do like it ridic moist and gooey and don’t mind if there’s a little mess involved b/c the gooey factor is worth it to me!

  7. I am totally a brownie snob also and these look great! i would love a convection oven, they are amazing!

  8. I’m in brownie craving mode right now, so this is veddy good. Like the cute hearts.

  9. I’m still looking for the perfect brownie recipe. I’ve GOT to give your recipe a try. And I’ve been craving brownies to it looks like I’ll be having brownies for dessert tonight :)

  10. Amy Kempf says:

    I love brownies, just plain and Simple! Did you know that you can cut a perfect brownie by just using a plastic knife. It’s works! No crumbs no messes on top!

  11. I am always in the mood for a good brownie!

  12. Michelle Hudiburg says:

    I found the BEST fudgy homemade brownie recipe on Pinterest this weekend. If you like fudge brownies (not cake-like) you MUST try BAKED Brownies from the BAKED cookbook!

  13. I have always wanted a convection oven. And these brownies look just like I like them!

  14. I am a brownie snob too. These look perfect

  15. PS-got you email. Finally! Sorry about that. Sent over my information. Thank you so much!

  16. wow! what perfect brownies!!

  17. A good brownie is hard to come by isn’t it. I agree with you that a crackly top is a sign of a good brownie.

  18. Soft and fudgy are the best!

  19. Awesome blog.Really thank you!

  20. i made this today and my sunday tasted better with yummy chocolate brownies ! they turned out soft and spongy, i used whole wheat flour . what i liked – its a simple recipe …perfect . thanks !


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