Brownies I

For me, as well as many others I’m sure, cooking is often a very nostalgic activity. There are cookies that remind me of Christmas as a kid, mashed potatoes that we always ate for Thanksgiving, and spaghetti sauce we eat every year to celebrate my mom’s birthday. Things get a little more complicated when you take a look at brownies. My family keeps a record of three different brownie recipes. Each of them comes from a different place, and each one holds different memories. Plus, none of them taste the same, so it’s actually very practical to keep all three around.This first recipe is from my grandmother. I believe that this is the best batter out of the three. The finished product however, is more cake-like in many ways. It’s not overly moist and has a tendency to dry out. This is easily fixed in two ways. First, keep it covered with plastic wrap after you’ve made the first cut. Second, and most importantly, top with frosting. This frosting is delicious. Word of warning, however. The frosting sets quickly so sneak and finger swipe early or your evidence will be there for everyone to see.

Grandma’s Brownies

1 cup butter
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
1½ cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350oF.
Melt butter and chocolate together and allow to cool.
Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Beat eggs until light. Add sugar, then chocolate mixture, and mix. Add flour, vanilla, and nuts. Stir until fully combined.
Pour batter into a greased 10½-inch x 15-inch pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Chocolate Frosting
I am always worried that the marshmallows won’t melt. Don’t worry, just keep stirring. Make sure to spread on brownies as soon as everything is ready.

1½ cups sugar
6 Tbsp cream
6 Tbsp butter
½ cup chocolate chips
½ cup marshmallows, either mini or broken apart
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla

Combine sugar, milk, and butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir continuously for one minute.
Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients until smooth. Immediately use.

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