|I saw the word "Brownies" and knew I had to make it.|
2 oz chocolate
¼ c shortening
1 c sugar
⅛ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
½ c flour*
1 c nuts†
Heat oven to 325°. Grease a square pan.
Melt the chocolate and the shortening. Add the sugar, mix well. Then add the eggs, and beat thoroughly. Stir in the salt and vanilla. Mix in the flour and spread into pan. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until a knife in the center comes out with no liquid batter on it (little clumps of baked brownie are OK). Ideally, you want to take them out of the oven just when you get no liquid but they're not so set that it comes out completely clean and dry.
*Substituting whole-wheat flour (for all of it, not half-and-half) is surprisingly good, maybe better than using white. It adds a really strong kick and an earthy undertone.
†No. They get in the way of the chocolate.
Tonight brings us to the intersection of three things I really love: getting recipes out of forgotten places, chocolate, and brownie batter. Since the last recipe I found written in the university's copy of The Woman's Club of Fort Worth Cook Book was so delicious, and since this one is brownies, I just had to.
|Why does the shortening always melt so much faster?|
I also... well, it's a recipe for brownies. Just like graphic designers have 14 versions of Helvetica all of which look like Arial, I have an embarrassing number of brownie recipes. There's the one that is really dark but takes forever to mix, the one that is really easy but more sweet than chocolate, the one that's really good with other random stuff stirred in.... Despite this having plenty on file already, I still love trying out more.
|Tonight I skipped adding the eggs one at a time and they still mixed in. Life just got better.|
|The finished batter was delicious.|
|Thin brownies don't bother me.|
|You can see it juuuust not making it to the corners.|
|I have no idea why I felt the need to balance one on a container lid.|
Edit: Purely for the heck of it, I sent this to the Weekend Potluck, where I may get a distinction for least fancy photos!