How do your brownies get such a nice shiny layer? This is the secret!

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Are you going to make brownies? Then such a wafer-thin shiny and crispy layer is of course the ultimate goal. Depending on the recipe you use, this works well or less well, but in fact creating such a layer is a matter of a few general principles.

Contrary to popular belief, that has nothing to do with the type of fat you use (or not at all). It also has nothing to do with creating fluffiness in your brownie batter. But then what?

The key components: sugar and water

A first important component is sugar . In terms of type, it is important that you choose powdered sugar, which has a much better chance of creating such a shiny brownie layer compared to granulated sugar.

In addition, the ratio between sugar and water is especially important. Roughly speaking, you could say that too much water takes away the chance of a nice shiny layer. Now it is the case that not only water itself, but also proteins or fats increase the water content in a recipe.

If the layer is missing in your favorite brownie recipe, you could initially use a little less water and a little more sugar. Is no water used in the recipe? Then leave out one (or more) protein(s). You could also replace butter with vegetable oil, although that of course has a (less tasty) effect on the taste.

And what about cocoa butter?

Several sources also suggest that cocoa butter is the secret ingredient for a beautiful brownie layer. Are you getting good results with this? Yes, but this is not the only way. After all, as stated above, the main thing is that your fat does not add too much water to your dough, and in that regard cocoa butter is indeed a fat with a minimal water content.

So you could opt for this, were it not for the fact that cocoa butter is not very easy to obtain. Moreover, we now know that it is not necessarily the fat itself that influences, but especially the way in which it affects the ratio between water and sugar. This means that you can safely get started with your usual ingredients, as long as you keep a close eye on that ratio.

Probably the easiest is to just use a good recipe, one you can always rely on. As far as we’re concerned, these are these Toblerone brownies . Because let’s face it: this matte, crispy layer is absolutely perfect, isn’t it?

Toblerone brownies

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