Well, since you asked….Brownies
Grease, or line with waxed paper, an 8 inch square cake tin.
2 Squares of unsweetened chocolate1/2 cup shortening or butter1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (real not artificial) 1 cup sugar2 eggs1/2 cup (un-sifted) all purpose flour1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup chopped walnuts or raisins or coconut
Melt chocolate over hot water (or over very low heat on the stove top), together with the butter or shortening. Then stir in the sugar, salt, and vanilla. Make sure it is cool enough, then stir in the eggs, (otherwise they will cook) one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour a bit at a time and blend well. Add the walnuts, or raisins or coconut and stir until well mixed. .
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Put in the oven on the second rack. (Top rack is first.) and bake 25 to 30 minutes.
Check at 25 minutes. It’s done when a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. (If the knife is not clean it’s obvious.) Don’t go longer than 5 minutes before checking again.
Notes from me:
I always use butter.Large eggs work best.Plump the raisins by putting them in hot water for a few minutes then measure the 1/2 cup. I always add a 1/2 cup of shredded coconut to the batter as well as raisins. I never use walnuts because I’m not fond of them.After removing the pan from the oven cover it with a tray or cookie sheet while cooling. It keeps them moist. I have posted these before, but it’s “National Dessert Day,” today, and this is one of my favourite desserts.