How many of you learned to cook with recipes that used, “a little of this,” or, “a pinch of that”… Or my personal favorite, “to taste”? This is exactly what my grandmother wrote in her recipes. Those recipes that were handed down from her mother, or grandmother. It’s a right of passage to get a chance to cook in the kitchen with the matriarch of the family.
As a little girl growing up in the Midwest I got to spend a lot of time with my grandparents. My grandmother was a so-so cook, and that’s me being kind. Things were usually either undercooked, over salted, or an unrecognizable mess. However, the one thing she knew how to do well was bake.
I remember standing on a stool helping her mix batter, covered in flour (or eggs, or milk) ‘helping’ her mix up whatever deliciousness we conspired to make that morning. I loved it when she let me lick the spoon (I know folks, don’t try that at home). I loved sitting in front of the oven while whatever it was baked.
She mixed nuts in half the batter and did the other half without. Then when she cut them into small bits she would put a walnut half on the squares of ones with nuts!
My grandmother’s brownie recipe was my favorite to help her make.
Gramma Barb’s Brownie Recipe:
1 Cup Sugar
1 Stick Butter
1 Can of Hershey’s Syrup
Nuts are optional
Cream butter and sugar together, then add eggs and chocolate syrup. Once combined add flour. Mix until just combined. Pour into 12 x 18 x 1 roll pan. Bake 22 minutes at 350 degrees. Make Frosting while batter is baking.
1 ½ Cup Sugar
6 TBSP Butter
6 TBSP Milk
1 TBSP Flour
2 Cups Chocolate Chips
Put the Sugar, butter, and milk into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine. Keep stirring and raise the heat to Med-High, add flour. Bring mixture to just under boiling while stirring. Pull off heat. Add the 2 cups chocolate chips, stir to combine. Pour hot mixture over brownies when they come out of the oven.
Let cool and enjoy!
We cut them into 1 inch squares… That way she let us kids have a few!