Why You Might Want to Consider Underbaking Your Brownies

Handle The Heat explains that the remaining heat from the oven and baking dish will continue to bake the brownies — not entirely — but enough to achieve the perfect fudgy texture. So they’re not exactly undercooked, but the edges are a bit puffy while the center is still moist. How do you know when it’s time to take it out of the oven? One technique is to remove the brownies before the specific time suggested or to use the classic toothpick test.

After you stick the toothpick in the center of your batch of homemade brownies, you’ll see a speck of melted chocolate or wet crumbs. This is how you know your brownies are gooey – of course, let them set a bit before eating them, you don’t want to burn yourself on the first bite. Another great technique is to wiggle your pan after you take it out of the oven and notice if it wobbles a bit in the middle.

Don’t worry about the health risks, it’s not raw dough or undercooked food, just brownies with a gooier center. According to the CDC, eggs must be cooked to 160°F or higher to be safe to eat. If you want to be extra safe, FOODSGUY suggests using pasteurized eggs instead of farm-fresh eggs. With these precautions, you’re all set to “underbake” the most fudgy brownies you’ve ever tried.

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