Baking Brownies just like Grandma

By Perry Smith Signal Managing Editor Like most family recipes, Kathy Kellar’s famous buttermilk brownie dish has been passed down, and, like many comfort foods, it’s very popular when a crowd comes by the Kellar home. The recipe has been in the family for decades, she said. “So every family occasion, and I come from a big family, there’s five of us, and so every time we’d go up to my mother’s home, we’d have grandma’s buttermilk brownies,” Kellar said. There are two secret ingredients, she explained. “I think it’s the buttermilk and I think they’re made with love of family,” she said, “and everybody who’s had them … they’re good, they’re not dense.” The buttermilk gives the brownies a melt-in-the-mouth texture, combined with a chocolate frosting that always puts smiles on faces. “We all have the brownie recipe and I’ve also passed it along to friends,” she said, adding she enjoys sharing the treat with others. “Anybody who wants it can have it, and my mother would be happy to know it’s being shared.” What’s also nice about the treat is that it only takes about an hour to make, start to finish, she added, including the frosting. “I don’t even use a blender,” she said, mentioning how no-fuss the recipe is, “I just mix it by hand.”   Grandma Keysor’s brownies 1 cube butter 1 cup water 1/2 cup baking cocoa 1/2 cup oil Boil together the above ingredients, then add: 2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 eggs 1 tsp. Baking soda 1 tsp. vanilla a dash of salt Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes Frosting 1 cube of butter 1/3 cup of cocoa 1/3 cup of buttermilk Boil together the above ingredients, then add: 1 box powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla Dash of salt