We purchased and tried Jeanette Aw’s $60 brownies. Now we know why it’s S$60. – Mothership.SG

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First, we want to clarify that it is S$60 for a seven inch square brownie (not one).

Screenshot via Once Upon A Time website

But there’s still plenty to blow on the brownies – so we thought we’d make the most of them by writing a review, albeit a personal (and impulse) purchase.

But the price, it seems, is not too big of a deal. At one point, the brownies had a waiting list of “900 to 1,000 people,” according to Jeanette Aw.

We visited Aw’s physical storefront in Jalan Besar to pick up the brownies as we were too cheap to pay for delivery.

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Photo by Mothership

Photo by Mothership

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Review

When Aw called it “fudgy,” we were expecting it to be a moist, sticky brownie, a texture some might not like too much.

What we got, however, was quite different.

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If you want to know how thick the brownies are. Photo by the mothership.

Although it’s definitely still fuzzy, the brownies are hearty enough to chew on, without sticking unpleasantly inside our mouths.

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The top layer is also crispy and cracked, in addition to speculoos nuggets.

However, some of us were too busy devouring brownies to notice.

Aw can be taken as a good sign that no one paused too long while eating them.

A colleague, who made pastry, told us about Au’s good control over the baking process: the dessert was not overcooked, the right amount of air was introduced into the dough.

“What’s a diet when you have beautiful sia names,” commented the same colleague.

But the real test comes when we give it to those who don’t like chocolate.

Surprisingly, the brownies pulled it off with flying colors, winning over even those who don’t usually eat the dessert.

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Photo by Mothership

“He definitely has something special,” they agreed.

The chocolate Aw uses is a “good thing” – the right kind of candy that doesn’t overwhelm you and ends up becoming Jelak.

There’s also a hint of a bitter aftertaste, although we’re not sure if that’s from the dark chocolate or a hint of coffee in the dessert.

Verdict

Spending S$60 on brownies might be unthinkable for most of us, but we take comfort in the fact that Aw, who has been to Le Cordon Bleu, baked them herself.

It’s not something we would eat regularly, but it’s not often available anyway.

At the end of the line ? “Just close your eyes and pay.” (If you have cash to spare, of course.)

As a witness, a non-chocolate colleague also ate another relatively famous brand of brownies the next day (“Just to check if my taste buds were going crazy,” she said).

We’re happy to report that her taste buds are working perfectly fine (she didn’t like those), which means Aw’s brownies have a lot of merit after all.

The next bake sale will be on May 21, if this article has convinced you.

Top image via Jeanette Aw’s Instagram page, Mothership

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