Thursday, March 5, 2009

Homemade Brownies

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I admitted that I once kept a framed print of Emily Dickinson on my desk? Well, I also used to have a key chain that displayed a baby picture of Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird. I had cut out the picture from a Sports Illustrated magazine. I had issues. Big issues.

I was just following in the footsteps of my Granny B and her love for the Celtics, although I am positive she never carried around pictures of celebrities or sports figures from when they were babies. She's much more stable than I am. She's also a better baker than I am. Every Sunday, she fixes a big dinner and she always makes dessert. One of my favorites is her homemade brownies.

Brownies (original recipe from the 1970 edition of The Home Economics Teachers Cookbook)

1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup flour
3 TBS cocoa
6 TBS cream (my grandma uses evaporated milk)
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans

Cream margarine and sugar. Add eggs; beat. Add remaining ingredients except nuts and beat thoroughly. Fold in nuts. Pour into square baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

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  1. I was just standing here in my kitchen trying to talk myself out of baking something. Ali, you are killing me with the truffles, M&M's and brownies. I can feel my willpower slipping.

    There is something about a Grandma's baking that always seems to taste better.

  2. Brownies are my weakness!! I love pretty much any kind of brownies there are!!! These look delicious!!!

  3. mmmmmm.....Brownies.

    Should this be confession time? I have a picture of Barry Watson (you know Matt from Seventh Heaven) in my kitchen. Just stuck in the outside of the cupboard door. :) It is one of those signed publicity photos - my friend gave it to whenever I am in my kitchen Barry is watching. I see a blog post coming on! :)

    Happy Thursday!

  4. Those sound really good...........but can you use butter instead of margarine? Let me know Ali.
    My sister is a grandma, nad her last name is Brown, and she wanted to be Granny B, but her grandson shortened it to BB, so now, he is 9, his sister is 5, and she is BB, gotta love it.

  5. Brownies are HANDS DOWN my favorite treat! Great recipe!

  6. It's 11 Pm and dinner is digested. I was going to bed directly until I read you. Now I'm going to have to make a detour for the kitchen (just wish I had some brownies to eat!)

  7. I love brownies! Someday you will have to explaine the baby photo of Larry Bird in further detail. ;)

  8. I love those big Sunday dinners. My Grandmother in her younger day used to do the same thing. Big dinner on Sunday with dessert. I'm just not into the making the dessert.

  9. Oh man, those look delish! I am tempted to lick my screen. :)

  10. Well...Emily Dickinson IS pretty awesome. ;)

    Chocolate! Oh no, just what I have been craving!

  11. Nothing better than Grandma's cooking!!! I LOVE brownies... I'll have to tuck this recipe away and try it sometime!! YUMMY!!!

  12. Sounds super...every blog is attacking me with brownies tonight. And I LIKE it :)

  13. YUM!!! sounds sooo good and fatening!!! lol I will have to print that!!

  14. Cool. I will add this to my collection of very very old baking recipes.


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