Baking is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable hobbies anyone can have, and few things are more satisfying than pulling a tray of freshly baked brownies out of the oven.
However, even the most seasoned bakers can sometimes be left wondering why their brownies didn’t turn out as they had hoped. It can be a frustrating experience to spend time and effort on a recipe only to have it turn out flat and lackluster.
But fear not; there are many reasons why brownies can turn out flat, and with a few adjustments, you can ensure that your next batch will be the perfect balance of fudgy and cakey with a beautiful rise.
Let’s dive into why brownies can turn out flat and how you can overcome them to ensure they are always perfect. So, if you are ready to take your brownie game to the next level, let’s get started!
Why Are My Brownies Flat? | Explaining The Causes
When less air or sugar is incorporated into brownies, they turn flat. The brownie gets its body, volume, and structure from beating eggs and sugar. The brownies have less volume or height when you use less sugar.
Most brownies aren’t supposed to rise. You may receive a tiny bit of leavening from the eggs if your recipe calls for beating them, but the final product will still be about as thick as what you put into the oven.
You probably have an oversize tin if you can’t spread out the batter evenly when you spread it out. Some brownie recipes do not fit a standard brownie pan.
Make sure that the pan you use matches the recipe’s dimensions (or at least has the same surface area).
At this point, it is better to understand different brownie types. Brownies come in two main types: fudge and cake.
The texture of fudge brownies is similar to that of confection fudge. The flour content is often low, and they tend to be unleavened. There is little to no rise in them.
The texture of cake brownies is lighter and fluffier, more like that of cake. They contain more flour and leavening.
There are times when the eggs are leavened by beating air into them, which is often done with baking powder and baking soda.
Many recipes exist between the two extremes of “cake” and “fudge.” The best brownie is a matter of personal preference.
Why Are My Brownies Not Rising?
Probably because there isn’t enough batter in your pan, the batter may lack leavening ingredients such as egg, or there may not be enough air incorporated.
How To Fix It?
- When beating sugar and eggs, make sure they are pale and fluffy almost to the point of ribbing.
- It is always best to fill your pan to at least ¾ of the capacity.
- Follow the pan size specified in the recipe unless a substitution is specified.
Why Are My Brownies Sinking?
Over mixing brownie batter: after adding flour at the end. The flour should be folded into the batter until it is well incorporated. During this stage, avoid mixing.
Temperature high in the oven: During baking, the brownies will rise rapidly and fall quickly because of the oven’s high temperature. Due to the lack of leavening agents in brownies, this also occurs.
How To Fix Them?
- Make sure brownies don’t sink next time when baking.
- The batter should not be overbeaten or over-mixed. The flour should be folded gently until all of it has been mixed.
- Put your brownies in a low-temperature oven rather than a high-temperature oven. For precise oven temperatures, use an oven thermometer.
- Brownies should be baked at 170 degrees.
Why Would A Platter Of Brownies Sink In The Middle After Being Baked?
It was because they were underbaked and overbeaten. As a result of too much air entering them, the structures collapsed when they weren’t baked enough to hold their shape. To make brownies, you should stir them, not beat them, and bake them for 25-30 minutes.
When it comes to fudgy brownies, opt for a recipe with fewer eggs rather than baking them for less time. If you add more eggs, your brownies will be cakier (rather than fudgier). If you ask people why your brownies are sinking, you’ll actually get quite a few opinions.
In terms of taste, what did you think of them? Is the taste or the appearance more important to you if they were good? I have a few tips: Others may not agree with me, but that’s fine…
- There is no need for a mixer. Make sure all ingredients are mixed by hand. You can expect a thick batter for brownies.
- To eliminate bubbles, slam the pan on the counter several times after spreading the batter in a baking pan. Make sure the batter is evenly distributed.
- The upper third of the oven should be used for baking
- Check in 25 minutes if the recipe says 30 minutes
- For cakes and brownies, I do not use toothpicks. In my opinion, if you use a toothpick for something like brownies, the brownies will be dry as the desert.
- The jiggle method is my favorite. When the brownies are 5 minutes from the recipe’s end, jiggle the pan’s corner to see if they are still liquid.
- Continue baking for 5 minutes if the mixture is still liquid. Once the liquid is gone, they are ready.
You should remove the chocolate from the oven if it seems done (overdone). It is important to allow chocolate to firm up on the counter. Ideally, it should be done overnight or at least for two to four hours.
Why Do My Brownies Get Uneven After Getting Baked?
The batter is probably being whisked/whipped. It is not necessary to whip or whisk brownie batter; it should only be combined. An uneven, bumpy cake results from whisking/whipping, which introduces air bubbles trapped by the fat.
To make brownies, you should keep the airing to a minimum. Aeration is great for cakes and meringues but not for brownies. Just mix the ingredients until they come together and there are no clumps.
In case you’re still unsure, bang the brownie tray on a counter a few times to push up any bubbles that may be present.
Baking powder and baking soda are also possibilities. The chemical reaction they produce may result in air bubbles in your batter, so you may want to leave them out next time if your brownie recipe calls for them.
Since brownies contain less flour and fat (butter and eggs), they tend to cave in the middle more than other baked goods. In addition to incorporating air into the eggs and butter, flour stabilizes the air bubbles.
It is important to note that if the mixture contains too much air with the amount of flour, the brownies will over-expand as they are baked but collapse or cave in when they cool, and the air bubbles deflate.
In conclusion, flat brownies can be a frustrating issue for any baker, but with the right adjustments, you can ensure that your brownies are always perfectly fluffy, fudgy, and delicious.
We’ve explored some of the most common reasons brownies can turn out flat, such as using old baking powder, overmixing the batter, or not using the right ingredients.
By following some simple tips and tricks, like using fresh ingredients, adding leavening agents, and monitoring oven temperature, you can ensure that your brownies have the perfect rise every time.
So, the next time you’re ready to bake a batch of brownies, keep these tips in mind and enjoy a sweet, satisfying treat that everyone will love. Happy baking!