Katherine Hepburn Brownies

Do you ever enter competitions?  My mum went through a phase of entering every competition going, often asking us kids to help with the tie-breakers.  Usually something along the lines of “Mr Kipling’s Cakes are…..” fill in the blanks…  I have a lovely coffee service that my mum won from Maxwell House in the 1970s…  


I’ve been having some success with competitions lately.  I’ve won a few things, not the lottery unfortunately.  But I did win some fabulous Polka Pants!


Those readers who are foodies and live in the UK will no doubt be avid readers of the Guardian Cook supplement which comes out every Saturday.  It’s brilliant.  

Cook promo

Well a couple of months ago I spotted a tiny mention of a competition to win some Polka Pants, which are, and I quote: “tailored chef trousers for women designed for service and style”.  A tweet was all that was required and here’s what I sent:

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and I won a pair!  Huzzah!  So I promised to take a photo of me posing in them, pretending to be Katherine Hepburn, so here I am with a batch of brownies made to her recipe.

Polka Pants and Katherine Hepburn Brownies

Much has been written online about Katherine’s recipe for brownies.  It is probably the most shared movie star recipe of all.  But I have to admit that I have not had great success with them.  This time I think the problem was my pan.  Too big and thus, my brownies were very thin.  BUT, I think I looked very chic when I was making them as I was wearing my POLKA PANTS. 


Here’s a link to Bee Wilson’s lovely article about Katharine’s Brownies – the recipe is almost at the very bottom of the article.

Thanks for your recipe Katharine, and thanks for the Polka Pants Maxine!


2 Responses to Katherine Hepburn Brownies

  1. Greg 29 Jun, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    The brownies look appetizing to me! I’ve been craving brownies this past week and haven’t gotten around to baking any… Especially love the double-tiered serving dish and your floral-ly picture perfect window sill!

    Congrats on your win! Polka Pants should definitely hire you as their spokesmodel!

  2. Jenny 29 Jun, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

    Aw, thanks Greg, you are so sweet. I think that is the first photo of me in existence wearing TROUSERS, but I may be wrong.

    Don’t look too closely at the window sill. My windows are somewhat of a legendary THING here in the UK – Crittal Windows. I don’t want to send you down a rabbit hole of research, let’s just say this. They look beautiful (especially 1930s ones, as mine are), but they are a BUGGER to clean, and they are NOT and never will be, energy efficient. It’s FREEZING in my flat in the winter!!!

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