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From: mozeyrn
Date: 02-01-2006, 09:46 AM (1 of 12)
G'morning (Jan, g'afternoon).
My dh cooks better than me but I bake better. The only thing I have not figured out is how to cut fresh baked brownies without taking off the top part. I have tried it while they were warm, slightly warm or even the next day. Each time I've tried looks like I cut them with a chain-saw! :shock: Any suggestions please? I volunteered to bake brownies for my daughter's daycare class (Valentine's Day) and would like them to look somewhat normal.
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From: MaryW
Date: 02-01-2006, 09:49 AM (2 of 12)
Hmm, I have messed them up cutting them too. I wonder if you tried a greased knife??? Any other suggestions?
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From: sewingrandma
Date: 02-01-2006, 10:14 AM (3 of 12)
Line your pan with foil or parchment paper so that you can lift them out and place on the counter then take a long knife and cut straight down. The edges may crack some but generally they will stay intact. Hope it works for you. BTW the brownies should still be warm when you do this.
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 02-01-2006, 10:16 AM (4 of 12)
Try taking them out of the pan while still slightly warm. Then cut from the bottom. If that doesn't work cover with frosting.
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From: debsews
Date: 02-01-2006, 10:17 AM (5 of 12)
First, be sure the brownies are thoroughly cool. That means waiting about 2 hours before cutting. Then, for a nice, smooth cut, use a plastic knife or a table knife. A sharp knife will actually tear the brownies. If you’ve made Sweet Rewards® brownies, cut them with a slight sawing motion. If they start to tear, moisten the knife a little.

This is from the Betty Crocker site. I just googled "how to cut brownies" and lots of things came up!
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From: Pudge99
Date: 02-01-2006, 10:25 AM (6 of 12)
Here's how I fix that problem. I bake my brownies in a muffin tin. No cutting necessary. Plus they are easy for the kids to eat that way. I use regular size tins and the mini tins. The mini ones are really nice for little kids.
Just spray the tins with a little Pam. Then after letting them cool for a bit I twist them and they come out clean.
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 02-01-2006, 10:29 AM (7 of 12)
When I did the cakes cookies etc for special occasions, and wanted the cuts to be nice looking, I always used dental floss to cut. Wrap some around your pointy finger of both hand, make it taunt, start at one end, and then cut all the way through. It helps to prevent the crumbling and shredding, was really quciker than using a knife. You can also use a thin wire and do the same thing. Look on the Wilton Decorating site for some useful information and hints.

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From: mozeyrn
Date: 02-01-2006, 10:41 AM (8 of 12)
I'll try lining the pan first, bake them and then lift out to cut with floss. My other option was to frost them but I couldn't leave the teachers with 10+ sugared toddlers! Yikes!!!
Thanks for the suggestions! :bg:
- Maureen.
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From: Reta J
Date: 02-01-2006, 11:21 AM (9 of 12)
I use my pizza cutter, the ones that have the wheel that turns. It does great as long as the brownies aren't thicker then the wheel.

Hope this helps.
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From: MaryW
Date: 02-01-2006, 06:05 PM (10 of 12)
Thanks everyone. Loads of ideas. :smile:
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From: Bama
Date: 02-03-2006, 09:43 PM (11 of 12)
I work in a lunchroom and we cut large pans of brownies with a pizza cutter. (We also have a special rolling cutter that cuts several rows at once)
If they're still very warm, we use a plastic knife dipped in water after each cut.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 02-04-2006, 08:43 AM (12 of 12)
My husband suggested a rotary cutter from my sewing room for pizza. May be it would work for brownies.
(I didn't let him test his idea but I'm sure he will some day when I'm not home.)
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