The Melbourne Cup bake-off is a distant memory. So, unimpeded by a heavy workload and relentless Tuesday meeting schedule, three editors and a publishing assistant decided to support local business—and their own chocolate addiction—by having a ‘brownie-off’. (No such word, we know, but we are gatekeepers of the language so are allowed to make up words when it suits us.)
In a blind tasting and under the supervision of an impartial palate (a gluten-free fellow editor), the group taste-tested (for research purposes only) and the results are as follows:
Brownie #1 received 3 out of 4 votes, and brownie #2 also scored highly.
‘I’m not a fan—not a brownie’;
‘more like a mud cake than a brownie’
‘more like a cake than a brownie’
‘Absolutely love it–crisp edge, sweet (though I would like a little coconut sprinkled on top);
‘I like the texture and the macadamias, but it’s too sweet’;
‘like the macadamias’;
‘love the crumbliness of the top’;
‘not sure how I feel about the macadamias’
‘good, not great’;
‘a little underwhelmed’;
‘it’s nice and fudgy like a brownie should be’
But while no brownie seemed to stand above the others, #3 was scored as best in show by 3 of the 4 judges. The dissenter voted for #4.
When our esteemed Chairman walked past and offered to help, who were we to deny him. His vote was cast: 4,2,3 then 1.
And the key to the brownies’ identities is:
- #1 St Malo Bakery
- #2 the Boulangerie
- #3 Cafe 107
- #4 Montagu
In conclusion, the quest for the ultimate brownie continues.
So if you have a brownie, and feel that it needs properly taste tested by the experts, send them our way! We know good cakes when we see/eat them.