Back in the 1970’s, when my mom was a member of the Time-Life Recipe Club, she would get a packet of cards each month with a different theme. She would diligently take the recipes out of their package and place them in the avocado green recipe box.
I loved them. Each month I would travel to a different country and dream of one day actually visiting them. My favorite was France. There were recipes for soup and braised meats; luxurious sauces and crepes. The desserts were always the best. I found a recipe for Gateau au Chocolat and knew that I had to make this for my dad!
I made the recipe and when it came out, it didn’t look quite like the picture. I was so disappointed. I went back and read the recipe. OH NO! The recipe called for 4 TEASPOONS of flour and sugar. I had put 4 TABLESPOONS!
I watched carefully as my dad took his first bite. Although it looked like a loaf shaped brownie, it was really fudge inside and the sugar had made a crust that crackled as his fork pushed through. His face lit up with delight as that fork hit is mouth.
I immediately took a slice for myself. The crackly crust enrobed a creamy fudge center. Yes it was more sugar than the recipe called for but it was just the right amount of sweet and bitter. My teenage heart was full; especially when my dad proclaimed I the best mistake I ever made.
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