Fudge Brownies by Ginger Rogers

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

(Originally uploaded November 26, 2017) Let me just start off by saying that I am by no means a baker. Cooking was never something I was good at, or interested in for that matter, but mix in the recipes of my favorite Old Hollywood stars and I'll be excited to give it a shot!

I recently came across this clipping of a brownie recipe from Ginger Rogers. I don't know anything about its origin other than it was published in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1935:

It's pretty vague, as many vintage recipes tend to be, so we had to tweak it a little bit, but stuck to the original as best we could. So here's what we did in order!

The recipe says "moderate oven." A moderate oven is classified as 350-375F, so we preheated the oven to 350. After that, we did just as the instructions stated by beating 4 eggs in our Kitchen Aid, then adding the 2 cups of sugar.

Separately, we melted 2 cups of butter with 4 squares of chocolate. This can take anywhere from two to two and a half minutes depending on your microwave wattage. 

After that, being that the chocolate mixture was too hot for the egg mix, we tempered it in slowly so they wouldn't scramble.

Next, we added 2 cups of flour to the combined mixture, along with two teaspoons of vanilla, as the recipe called for. The chocolate we used was semisweet, so we also added in a quarter of a teaspoon of salt to balance it. Once everything was thoroughly combined, the last element was the 1 cup of chopped walnuts which we then folded into the mixture.

Although the instructions say to bake in a shallow pan, we used a 9x13 disposable baking dish, so they were a bit thicker.


With the oven set to 350, we popped them in there for about 20 minutes! This was the final product:

It will get better with more practice, but overall I actually really like them! If you follow these instructions, let me know what you think! And after this, I'm definitely inspired to try out more Old Hollywood celebrity dishes. Be sure to follow me at @sagaofginger on Twitter for more!

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