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Standard recipes for brownies have a teaspoon of salt in them. Questions like this one and this one explain that it's only for taste. Can you just put some salt on top after they are baked?

For example, the linked answer might imply that yes you can just sprinkle salt on the baked brownie afterwards. But is that true? I also don't understand the comment about "raw flour". None of the flour should be raw after the brownie is baked!

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  • @Stephie I suppose a difference is that brownie recipes don't have any yeast in them. That answer doesn't really address the question as it relates specifically to brownies.
    – Simd
    Nov 20, 2015 at 11:16
  • The answers also deal with the flavour-enhancing properties.
    – Stephie
    Nov 20, 2015 at 11:16
  • @Stephie It is rather general though. My brownie recipe has sugar, butter, vanilla essence, dark chocolate, plain flour, eggs and nothing else in it (if you omit the salt). For example, that answer might imply that yes you can just sprinkle salt on the baked brownie afterwards.. but is that true? I also don't understand the comment about "raw flour". None of the flour should be raw after the brownie is baked!
    – Simd
    Nov 20, 2015 at 11:18
  • I leave the question of duplicate to the other members of the comunity, it needs five votes after all. If you feel that the other Q/A doesn't fit, I suggest you edit your question to point out where you see a significant difference.
    – Stephie
    Nov 20, 2015 at 11:20
  • @Stephie Sorry.. I meant sprinkle salt.
    – Simd
    Nov 20, 2015 at 11:23

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Sprinkling salt on top won't have the same effect as mixing it in the batter, you'll get a big salt hit all at once and then nothing in the brownie itself which I wouldn't expect to be very pleasant.

Some recipes withhold some of the salt from the brownie and put it in a sauce for the top like a salted caramel drizzle. This works because it's not pure salt on the top and there's still salt in the batter.

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  • Brownies aren't so bag that putting salt on top only wouldn't mean that you wouldn't end up getting salt with every bite. I would suspect that if the salt had high surface area (ie, not rock salt), it'd bind the tongue's receptors .... but you might still run into the 'over-salted' issue as more of it would make it to the tongue directly.
    – Joe
    Nov 20, 2015 at 13:19
  • @Joe "Brownies aren't so bag that putting salt on top only wouldn't mean that you wouldn't end up getting salt with every bite." This is very hard to read!
    – Simd
    Nov 20, 2015 at 13:24
  • @Lembik : Sorry -- type ... aren't so big. It's not like a cake, where you might have a bite that didn't include the top. And it's not like an oreo where you might separate it into layers to eat (which would also mean you didn't get some of the top in every bite). It's closer to a steak fry, where you get some of the salt from the outside in every bite. (although, in that case, there'd be salt on the bottom, too)
    – Joe
    Nov 20, 2015 at 13:33
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If you forgot the salt, then you are kinda outa luck. However, a little kosher salt sprinkled on top and baked in can be quite Pleasant. Sweet and salt is a good combo.

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