In 1799, the Holland Land Company offered lots 10 miles apart in what is now Clarence, New York, to "any proper man who would build and operate a tavern upon it". A young silversmith named Asa Ransom, had been plying his trade in the little fur trading post on the shores of Lake Erie. He was among the first to accept this opportunity and in the hollow of the ledge, near a pine grove, built a log home & tavern. In 1803, he built a grist mill, the first in Erie County. Over time, the business has evolved into a charming inn noted for it's authenticity, hospitality and cuisine.
- Preheat oven to 350F and butter a 9 x 13" pan.
- Combine butter, sugar and eggs; beat well.
- Add cocoa, flour, baking powder and vanilla; mix well.
- Stir in pecans and chips.
- Spread batter in prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes or until center is set.
- Cool completely and cut into squares for serving.
These are extremely rich and good!! Made as directed. These came out perfectly which is a big thing for me (see AM page) since I cannot make brownies!! Will make again; I think they will be a good 'plain' brownie too without the nuts and chips if they are not on hand. Made for My-3-Chefs Nov 2009.