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THE BEST BAKED TREAT I’LL EVER HAVE MY MOM’S AMAZING HOMEBAKED BROWNIES
I recently learned that Oct. 1 is National Homemade Cookies Day. While this holiday seems to be specifically aimed toward cookies, I immediately started thinking about homemade brownies, more specifically, the brownies my mom would make. When I was growing up, every baked good I had was homemade. My mother never made anything out of a box; everything was from scratch. Mom would bake cakes, pies, cookies, and the best brownies I have ever had in my entire life. My sister and I would bug Mom to make her signature brownies all the time, but she would only make them when she was feeling up to it. Mom’s brownie recipe wasn’t for a large batch; it would fit into a small 12-by-12-inch pan. The most extraordinary thing about her recipe was that you couldn’t tweak it in any way. You couldn’t even double it to make twice the amount because it just wouldn’t be the same when it came out of the oven. If anyone tried to make any sort of change “My mother never made anything out of a box; everything was from scratch. Mom would bake cakes, pies, cookies, and the best brownies I have ever had in my entire life.”
to her recipe, no matter how small, the brownies would be terrible.
The most excruciating part of the wait was when they finally came out. Mom would take the brownies out and set them on the counter to cool down enough for us to eat, and we’d just have to sit there and stare at them. Once they were cooled enough, we’d get them, still warm, with a cold glass of milk. Mom passed away years ago and, sadly, took her brownie recipe with her. A few years ago, I called my sister up and asked if she had mom’s recipe, but she thought I had it. It was a pretty big blow for us. Any brownies that we have now, whether they’re baked out of the box or prebaked at a store, don’t come anywhere close to Mom’s. While I might not be able to have Mom’s brownies again, I’ll still have those memories, and they’re great ones I’ll cherish forever. –Travis Black
Those brownies were one of the very first things my mom ever taught me to bake. Whenever she planned to whip them up, she’d call my sister and me over, and we’d watch and help her when we could. I’ll admit, being as young as we were, we were more excited about licking the mixing bowl when she was done. She always told us that if we ate it, we’d get worms, but we never minded. Despite the promise of brownie batter, I did learn how to make her brownies, and I made them for years before I forgot the recipe. Once mommade up the batter, she put the brownies in the oven. As they baked, the aroma filled the whole house; I don’t think I can begin to describe how amazing they smelled. Mom would take a toothpick and stick it into the batter until it came out clean. I can remember sitting in the kitchen, impatiently waiting and watching mom poke the brownies with that toothpick again and again.
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