One of the delights of life is eating with friends; second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends.
Laurie Colwin

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Olivia's Brownies

This recipe is adapted from Cooknotes, a cookbook published by The Atlanta Junior League. I got the cookbook - and the recipe - from Jane. I don't know who the Olivia of these brownies is, but it's not my Olivia. I make three different brownie recipes, and this is my go-to, standard, everyday one. It's easy and has good texture. Best served, of course, with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

2 1-oz. squares unsweetened chocolate
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
Butter and cocoa powder for baking pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and cocoa powder an 8-inch baking pan. With a wooden spoon mix all ingredients in order in a bowl. Pour batter in prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool before cutting.

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