As far as I can tell, most families have at least one recipe that defines them. Ask anyone in the clan, and they can repeat it without hesitation. Most members who spend time in the kitchen know the whole recipe by heart. My mother’s family recipe is for brownies, which we (and friends craving for a fix) lovingly refer to as “Byck Brownies.” They’re simple, but gooey and delicious, with a topping that makes them special. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I now share them with you. This is the first time they’ve ever been converted to all-organic ingredients (well, when they were first being made years ago, they were probably organic without knowing it). Share them with your loved ones. Or share them with people who hate you – they’ll be your new best friends in no time.
2 sticks organic butter
4 squares organic unsweetened chocolate
2 1/4 cups organic sugar
4 organic eggs
1 cup organic unbleached flour
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
1 cup organic chips (semisweet, peanut butter, butterscotch, etc.)
Preheat oven to 350°. Melt butter and unsweetened chocolate in a saucepan. Beat together 2 cups of the sugar and all of the eggs in a mixer until blended. Add the chocolate and butter mixture. Mix on low speed, adding flour and vanilla. Pour into a greased 9×12 glass pan. Top with chocolate chips, then sprinkle remaining sugar over everything. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!