Check this one out, friends. This recipe is truly a classic. It belonged to my neighbor's dear mother, a sweet woman who lived to be 98 years old. She was an avid baker, and most of her recipes were beautifully handwritten on index cards, which she kept in her recipe box. This recipe is probably 60 years old, and, according to my neighbor, is what brownies are, "supposed to taste like". She is not a very big fan of today's modern brownie - those that are dense and chewy with a dark fudge texture. She would much rather have brownies like her mother's; they are much fluffier with a cake-like texture and a wonderful thin flaky crust on top. It's a very simple recipe, which is never bad. When she tasted it, she very happily said, "These taste just like Mother's. You're making me cry because now I really miss her!". Needless to say, I gave her the rest!
- 1/4 lb salted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 squares dark chocolate, melted
- 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional - we used walnuts)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and line an 8" baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Pour mixture into baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. Test with a toothpick.
- Eat. Then eat more.