28 March 2011
I couldn't decide whether or not to post a recipe or a tip. So I decided to do neither one and show you one of my favorite kitchen tools, the baker's blade. I always figured a knife works as well, but boy was I wrong. I made a batch of brownies the other day ------ hadn't been feeling well and thought perhaps it was because I hadn't had anything sweet and high calorie for a LONG time, so surely my ailments must be from lack of sugar and fat, right? I whipped up the batter, lined my pan with foil (sprayed with an oil spray, of course) and then added LOTS of walnuts to the batter before I shoved it all in the oven. I love lots of nuts in my brownies, but it makes them very hard to cut into nice even squares. Not that that really bothers ME all that much; a brownie is a brownie and I'll eat 'em no matter what they look like, but they don't look very nice if you plan on giving any away. When they came out of the oven I remembered the baker's blade I purchased from my local Avon lady (who just happens to be me) and had fallen in love with it the first time I used it, which was to cut scone dough. Oh, it worked like a charm on that scone dough. So I used it on my brownies and it sliced right through those walnut-rich brownies likety split! Nice even, scrumptious little squares of chocolate delight that didn't crumble a bit when they were sliced with the baker's blade. Works wonders at scrapping dough off the cutting board, too. I can see myself using it to take cookies off a baking sheet. It works pretty darn good at dicing, too, and it has that nice little area where you hold it so you can use the blade to scoop the diced whatever up and toss it right in your bowl. I challenge any knife to accomplish THAT! I bet you would like to see a picture of it, wouldn't you? All right, here it is...............................
Oh sorry about that, those are just the brownies. Never mind the two missing on the end. I was feeling faint. What could I do?
Here it is. The baker's blade. With a nice plate of brownies in the background. Never mind the two different exposures on the pictures either. I had my mind on chocolate and not much else.