Old-fashioned brownies are based on the recipe from the 1952 edition of “Joy of Cooking”. My family loves this cake and calls it “the best brownie we ever ate”. These “fudge squares” (as they were also called) are irresistibly chewy and delightfully chocolatey. This is as a result of the recipe using a significant amount of butter and real chocolate. The preparation is very quick and the batter should be baked in a shallow (9×13 inch) pan. The cake is not tall but it produces a natural crust. When it is cold, it needs to be cut into squares. The original recipe suggests 1 x 2 inch bars (54 in total).
When I first used this old-fashioned brownie recipe, I had no expectation of loving it more than modern adaptations. I was curious and wanted to see the difference in style between generations of bakers. I was smitten with the result and will keep making it.
If you crave more old-fashioned recipes with chocolate, please try my no bake chocolate-vanilla cheesecake.
Here is my favorite chocolate used for this recipe.