Baking With Mama!

The stew — slow roasted all morning in my spanking new Mauviel roasting pan — includes potatoes, venison, and carrots.

Banana bread* and roasted brussel sprouts (I add minced garlic, rosemary, and thyme) rounds out the main course.

One-bowl brownies* with ice cream on top. (Got rave reviews for this simplest of all brownie recipe!)

Dinner is served — easy does it! That makes a simple Sunday afternoon and I like that!

*favorite family recipes

    Banana Bread
    1/2 c. oil
    1 c. sugar
    2 eggs
    3 medium bananas, mashed
    1 T. milk
    1/2 t. vanilla

    2 c. sifted flour
    1 t. baking soda
    1/2 t. baking powder
    1/2 t. salt
    1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

    Beat oil and sugar. Add eggs and bananas, milk and vanilla.
    Add dry ingredients and beat well.

    Bake 350 approx. 1 hour in 9x5x3 loaf pan (greased)

::This recipe came from my dear friend in the Lord, Cathy Thomas, given to me years ago when she was a newlywed. I have tried others from time to time but none can compare to this one! Thanks, Cathy!

    Best Brownies

    1/2 c. butter, melted
    1 c. sugar (a shy cup)
    1 t. vanilla
    2 eggs
    1/2 c. unsifted flour
    1/3 c. cocoa (a generous 1/3…)
    1/4 t. salt
    1/4 t. baking powder
    1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional — but really, a brownie is much better when it’s nutty!)

    Blend butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl. Add eggs; using a wooden spoon, beat well.
    Add flour, cocoa, b. powder and salt; blend in thoroughly. Stir in nuts.

    Spread into greased 9″square pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until brownie begins to pull away from edges of pan. Cool.

::This recipe is from Hershey’s Chocolate Classics and has made it into the Sinclair all-time trusted recipe collection. It’s always the best brownie going!

My company “yummed” with every bite. “So chewy! What brand is this?!” My answer? “That’s just a simple one-bowl brownie made from scratch. It’s as easy as any box mix and a whole lot better!”

One of my semi-live-ins knowingly smiled and asked if I doubled the recipe. “Actually, I tripled it and baked it in my old roaster,” came my response with a wink. (He knows how things work around here!)

At any rate, you should try these brownies with vanilla ice cream. It can’t be beat!


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  1. I’m a sucker for a good brownie recipe. It’s a staple for when company comes over! Thanks.

    Posted by Gina Murawski | March 12, 2009, 12:31 pm
  2. That’s the brownie recipe I use!! I love it. I wanted to share the frosting recipe that my cookbook includes with it.

    Creamy Brownie Frosting
    3T butter softened
    3T cocoa
    1T light corn syrup or honey
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup powdered sugar
    1-2 Tablespoons milk
    Beat butter, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla in small bowl. Add powdered sugar and milk. Beat to spreading consistency.

    Makes about 1 cup of frosting.

    Posted by Michelle | March 12, 2009, 2:14 pm