Anna Leach’s Brownies
When I was a kid, Anna Leach was a central part of my weekends. As my godmother, she (along with her husband and kids) was a crucial part of our extended family. I have a whole host of memories associated with Anna: chaotic, full scenes of messy children in and out of their house or ours; my parents drinking coffee and eating sweets with Anna and David. Lots of laughter, a few tears, and some bloody knees.
But mostly, what I remember are Annaâ€™s brownies. Not only because she made them to perfection, but because even when she wasnâ€™t around, this became my momâ€™s go-to brownie recipe. And itâ€™s perfect as a go-to: itâ€™s a somewhat basic brownie recipe (none of your fancy swirls here), but itâ€™s packed with flavor. The rich chocolate, the gooey butter and eggs, the flaky topâ€¦basic perfection.
I havenâ€™t seen Anna Leach in years. Both the Leaches and my family moved around a lot, and at some point during my early adulthood, our families fell out of touch. But I think of her every time I make these, and so in honor of Anna, I give you her brownie recipe.
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