4 Of The Best Brownies We Found In Boston
They’re not Katharine Hepburn’s infamous brownies, but trust us, they’re just as memorable.
We can’t all be Katharine Hepburn — though thankfully, we can still make her brownies!
But if you’re looking for someone else to perform the chocolate magic, we found a number of spots around the city where you can indulge in the sinfully rich treat and let someone else do the dishes. Here are 4 of the best brownies in Boston:
1. The French Brownie at Café Madeleine
This cute patisserie in the South End is so romantically française that it makes me want to write this entire paragraph in French, but I think my editor would sigh and send it back for a redraft, so I’ll just tell you in English that you should check out the walnut-studded French brownie (pictured at top): surprisingly light—the batter is mixed with meringue—with chocolate ganache and dusted with cocoa powder for a hint of bitterness.
During warm weather, chase with orange juice; and when it gets cold, the house hot chocolate pairs well for a doubly delightful experience.
Café Madeleine — South End: 517 Columbus Ave., Boston, 857.239.8052, cafemadeleineboston.com
2. The Intense Chocolate Brownie, Flour Bakery
Flour appears on just about every list of “Best [insert name of bakery item]s in Boston,” and their intense chocolate brownie is no exception. The relatively straightforward recipe creates a simple yet memorable fudge-y experience—not too bitter, not too sweet, juuust right—except that it requires TWO kinds of chocolate (unsweetened AND bittersweet!).
And speaking of the recipe: if you feel like making her brownies yourself, you can find the recipe in her “Flour: Spectacular Recipes” cookbook.
Flour Bakery — Fort Point: 12 Farnsworth St., Boston, 617.338.4333; South End: 1595 Washington St., Boston, 617.267.4300; Central Square: 190 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617.225.2525; Back Bay: 131 Clarendon St., Boston, 617.437.7700, flourbakery.com
3. The A-Little-Something-Different Brownie, Lakota Bakery
I know that my mother loved me because she would bring home Lakota Bakery’s obnoxiously pretty cookies for me. Owner Barbara Weniger focuses on a limited number of bakery items to keep the quality extra-high—don’t look for muffins or coffee here—and thankfully the brownie is one of them.
Lakota’s recipe calls for walnuts as well as sour cream to keep everything rich, and even some coffee too.
Lakota Bakery — 1375 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 781.646.0121, lakotabakery.com
4. The Fudgy Walnut Brownie, Petsi Pies
From sweet to savory pies, Petsi Pies has got you covered. But the Somerville-based bakery also makes amazing scones, muffins, cupcakes, and a walnut brownie that so fudgy it’ll keep your sweet tooth satiated for days. Of the four mentioned, this one may be the closest to Katharine Hepburn’s original recipe: gooey and chock full of walnuts!
Petsi also has sister cafes in Cambridge that include a daily selection of their locally-loved pastries.
Petsi Pies — 285 Beacon St., Somerville, 617.661.7437, petsipies.com