In this exclusive Hungry History video, host Ian Knauer explores the ancient history of chocolate and addresses the eternal question: Can it make you happy? He also prepares a batch of mouthwatering chocolate brownies based on an 1896 recipe that appeared in the first edition of the “Boston Cooking-School Cook Book,” edited by the famous Fannie Farmer. You can take this modernized treat a step further by adding a sprinkle of sea salt for a delicious salty-sweet flavor.
CLASSIC CHOCOLATE BROWNIES
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
2 sticks of butter
3 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups walnuts, coarsely chopped (if desired)
2 tablespoons flaky coarse sea salt (if desired)
Butter a 9 x 13-inch cake pan. In a bowl of a double boiler, add chocolate, butter and vanilla extract. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until dry on top and firm to touch. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired.
About the Host: After spending close to a decade in the test kitchens of Gourmet Magazine, where he developed recipes and co-hosted “Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie” and “Adventures with Ruth,” Ian poured his love of food back into his family’s Pennsylvania farm. There, he grows his own vegetables and cooks everything from scratch. He recently released his first cookbook, “The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food.” He also writes for several publications and contributes to Cooking Channel’s “Unique Eats.”