Beck wrote of her recipe in a controversial post. I call it controversial because she dogged my favorite, the brownie mix. I think she compared the flavor to rotten cheese? I couldn't help but wonder though, because she seems like such a smart lady, whether she was on to something. You really should go read what she writes about them, it's harsh.
Here at my house, we love the Betty Crocker fudge brownies from a mix. It's one thing the Hubs makes fairly regularly, if there's a box in the cupboard. They're so easy to make and so yummy.
So today, I'm finally trying Beck's recipe. They are in the oven as I type. I will review in a bit how they turn out.
All this thinking about brownies reminded me of a recipe I learned to make as a child. I think they were a recipe that my mom got from my grandmother. I made them a lot with my mom when I was still living at home. A friend of mine still speaks fondly of those brownies. I thought I'd share my recipe now.
My Brownie Recipe
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa
Cream together oil and sugar. Beat in 6 eggs, 1 at a time. Slowly stir in cocoa, flour, and salt. Add vanilla and stir. Pour in greased and floured jellyroll pan. Bake 15-20 min. at 350 degrees. Test with toothpick at 15 minutes for doneness. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top if desired.
Yum. I haven't made these for so long, but will have bake some now, to compare to the ones currently in the oven. The recipe above are a cake-like brownie.
Fudgey or cakey. I love brownies!
I think I hear the timer going off. Time to go try some.
Brownie review: The flavor is fantastic. I think I just did something wrong, maybe set the mixer speed too high? The top got extra crunchy and the middle sort of flopped, so there's this weird space between the two. Again, flavor - fantastic. I just have to work on the delivery. I think Beck's brownies do beat the box, except for the fact that I've never screwed up the box kind. And honestly, ours have never tasted of rotten cheese. I asked Beck if perhaps Canada's box brownies are made of something different than here? :-)
I guess brownies are kind of like pizza to me. Cheap pizza? Good. Homemade pizza? Good. Bad pizza? Still good. All good. It's like that.