Recently we had one of these panic attacks. Mom and Dad had a meeting with their research students/minions amidst the whirlwind of painting the house. (still. just finished today. woot!!). I had seen the recipe for Golden Brownies on the back of the Rogers brand (kind of like Western Family and the like. But Canadian. I'm still in Canadia.) bag of golden yellow sugar. What the hell is 'yellow sugar'?!?!
The recipe seemed SO reminiscent of my mom's Butterscotch Brownies, I thought I'd give them a shot.
If you look closely, past the shiny crust and the Mister Donut plate, you can see the gooey.
I thought they came out tasting fine, but the texture was oddly.... off. They never baked completely all the way through, even though I had them in there for waaaay longer than the recommended 30 - 35 minutes (I think I did almost an hour). My Dad thought they were too sweet. My mom commented that "one student ate 4" (I really hope he was too stoned to get sick).
The past week or so, as I have been painting, it has been kind of nagging me - the recipe felt really familiar. Soooo..... I looked it up.
Turns out the recipe is identical in all but 2 ways to the original Joy of Cooking's Butterscotch Brownie recipe.* 1) the backofthebox Rogers brand recipe has no salt or baking powder in it. The wacky texture now makes sense, and 2) the amounts are the doubled recipe from the JOC (which my mom always did anyway, so kind of for this particular difference.)
But this recipe did do its duty - made me nostalgic for a time long gone, made my parents look good to their starving grad student minions, and gave me a chance to escape painting for 20 minutes to bake.
So all in all - good, but don't mess with Mrs Rombauer and her original creation.
*I HATE the new edition of the Joy of Cooking. I find it shameful and annoying that they kept the title. It is a bastardization of an American classic, and should never ever be confused for the real thing. Go steal your mom's copy. Seriously. It is not the same.
Again. Do not f%^&k with tradition.
UPDATE: The above link actually references and laments the omission of the Butterscotch Brownies recipe. See? I'm just THAT cool.