My mom noted the page for the brownies in the front of my cookbook
My mom gave me a copy of The Joy of Cooking after I graduated from college and moved into my first apartment. I have used it frequently as a reference over the years, and I love its recipe for Brownies Cockaigne. Not only are these brownies deliciously moist and chewy, they are easy to prepare and made from ingredients that I usually have on hand.
from The Joy of Cooking
½ c butter
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate (I happened to have some really good chocolate left over from my Valentine luncheon dessert. It was fabulous in these brownies, but I have also used regular Baker's unsweetened chocolate for many years with great success)
4 eggs, at room temperature
¼ t salt
2 c sugar
1 t vanilla
1 c sifted all-purpose flour
1 c pecans, chopped (The Joy of Cooking specifies pecan meats - I'm assuming everyone knows I'm not talking about pecan shells!)
Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler (I always do this in the microwave - start at full power for a minute, stir, then cook 30 seconds longer). Let this mixture cool completely or your brownies will be heavy and dry (I don't actually know this for a fact because the warning has always scared me into letting the mixture cool).
In a mixer cream together eggs and salt "until light in color and foamy in texture." Add sugar and vanilla gradually and mix until well blended. With a few swift strokes combine the cooled chocolate mixture and the eggs and sugar (the cookbook insists that this part be done by hand, which I do, but it takes me a couple more than a few swift strokes). Stir in flour just until blended then add nuts.
Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes (I removed this batch a little too early as I was in a hurry; they're not usually quite this gooey).
I took these brownies and almond tart to a gathering of Hockey Boys friend's and their parents Saturday night. I omitted the pecans from half the brownies as Hockey Boy prefers his without. The almond tart was a huge hit with the adults
Married for 27 years to Robert, three kids: Will (23), Vivian (20) and Dots (17) ~~~~
Majored in mathematics at SMU, taught elementary school for six years before Will was born, currently tutoring math ~~~~
Things I enjoy: playing duplicate bridge, working NY Times crossword puzzles, reading good books, entertaining, visiting with friends, planning trips, traveling, playing board games, spending time with family, cooking, keeping up with old friends ~~~ happy to correspond with other parents about raising a child with special needs
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