Unjust Desserts? Woman Claims Katharine Hepburn's 'Best Brownies Ever' Wrecked Her Marriage
The recipe for what is regarded as the world's best brownies led to heartbreak for Sydne Newberry.
Could a recipe for brownies be so delicious that they actually broke up a marriage?
Sydne Newberry’s brownies are reputed to be the best ever created.
The recipe actually comes from legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, but Newberry adjusted the star's directions for what is regarded as an even more delicious treat.
Yet, the tweaks to the brownies may have cost Newberry her husband.
She says she shared the recipe with a friend who lived in Germany. That friend tried over and over but could not duplicate the results, so Newberry invited her friend to visit her home in America.
And that invitation turned into a recipe for marital disaster.
“We couldn't get it to work, we never were able to figure out what she was doing wrong and she came over to the United States and stole my husband,” Newberry claims.
She added: “She came over and decided she was going to start fooling around with my husband."
The Los Angeles nutritionist says she divorced her husband and he later married the other woman.
Newberry says that in the end she got her sweet revenge, moving on and marrying the man of her dreams, George.
They are now enjoying those delicious brownies together.
To see Newberry’s recipe and Hepburn’s version, see below:
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 stick butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup broken up walnut or pecan pieces (for better flavor, toast the nuts at 350 F for about 5 minutes)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325F.
Grease an 8-inch-square pan. (Line it with aluminum foil, overhanging on all sides.)
Melt butter in a saucepan with cocoa and stir until smooth.
Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
Whisk in eggs, one at a time.
Stir in vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine sugar, flour, nuts and salt.
Add to the cocoa-butter mixture. Stir until just combined.
Pour into prepared pan and bake 30-40 minutes. (Do not overbake: Center should still be a little gooey.)
Let cool completely before cutting into squares. If foil lining is used, lift from pan and cut into 16 squares on a cutting board.
½ cup cocoa
½ cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
¼ cup flour
1 cup chopped or broken-up walnuts or pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Melt butter in saucepan with cocoa and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a large bowl. Whisk in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, flour, nuts and salt. Add to the cocoa-butter mixture. Stir until just combined.
Pour into a greased 8 x 8-inch-square pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Do not overbake; the brownies should be gooey. Let cool, then cut into bars.
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