Harvard Brownies “Rich and Chewy”
There is a little bit of excitement in the neighborhood! A moving truck, new faces and new smiles. Someone new is moving in and I am so happy that I am going back to the old tradition of bringing them something to eat. I actually never left the old tradition but most people I know thought I was nuts (like COCO-nuts, not like the walnuts in the brownies) and the new neighbors in the past looked at me blankly as it had never happened to them before. So, I stopped for many reasons, but on my street and the one behind me four houses have been empty for quite a while. Some of them I knew well and others just a “hello” in passing. I know the stories of some of them and probably the other stories are similar. It’s been quiet in the neighborhood without them and sometimes a bit scary as my immediate action regarding a potential problem is to speak with the neighbors and see what they know. Hopefully this first sale of a home in the neighborhood in a long time is the little beginning of some new prosperity for everyone. I make quite a few different brownie recipes and like most of them but this one from my childhood is just simple, rich and chewy (all good words). When I moved to New York many years ago I only brought one cookbook, The Fannie Farmer Cookbook and now I am always looking for small bookcases to fit anywhere in my home. I still buy this book for gifts for new cooks. Mine was a gift from my mother as she used it for many basic recipes and so have I through the years. I should really replace mine as it really shows the use it has endured, but that is rather endearing to me. The only thing I added to this recipe was the sprinkling of the confectioners sugar on top of the brownies. It seemed to make them look a little bit more like a celebration for the neighbors!
- 2 oz. Unsweetened Chocolate
- 1/4 C. Butter
- 1 C. Sugar
- 2 Eggs (unbeaten)
- 1/4 Salt
- 1/2 C. Flour
- 1/2 C. Walnuts (chopped)
- 1 t. Vanilla
- 2 oz. Confectioners Sugar (save for sprinkling on top of brownies)
- Butter a shallow pan 8″x8″ and line the pan with wax paper cut to fit. Butter the wax paper and preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- Put the chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler and stir over hot water until chocolate is melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients.
- Pour into pan and spread evenly.
- Bake 30-35 minutes. Turn upside down on a cake rack and cool. Peel off the paper and cut 16 squares.
Stack on a paper plate (too many plates and serving dishes have never returned to my house), sprinkle with confectioners sugar and take to a neighbor, co-worker, a friend or someone in your family…..
From The Fannie Farmer Cookbook (Eleventh Edition)
I did not give them all the brownies and they will never know unless you tell them!
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