There are many myths about the creation of ‘brownie’. One of them is that a chef added melted chocolate to biscuit dough by accident. Next, a cook had forgotten to add flour to the batter. Another, a housewife had no baking powder and improvised resulting in this new treat. But no matter what the beginnings of this ‘brownie’ may be, we are delighted that this luxurious, sweet treat has been created. National Brownie Day is a chance to bake, serve and indulge in this popular, chocolate dessert!
National Brownie Day 2013
National Brownie Day 2013 will be celebrated on Sunday, December 8, 2013.
National Brownie Day is celebrated every year on the 8th of December.
A brownie is a flat, baked square or bar, sliced from a dense, rich chocolate cake. Brownies may be fudgy or cakey, and may include nuts, cream cheese, chocolate chips, icing and other ingredients. The name brownie was derived from its brown color. Brownies are chocolate flavored. Those that are vanilla or brown sugar flavored are called ‘blondies’.
Brownies are often accompanied by milk or coffee. They are served warm with toasted nuts, ice cream or whipped cream. The largest brownie in the world, weighing 3,000 lbs., was made in 2001. It contained 500 lbs. flour, 500 lbs. butter, 750 lbs. chocolate chips, 850 lbs. sugar and 3,500 eggs.
The origin of the brownie is a bit ambiguous. The first modern brownie appeared in public at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The owner of the Palmer House Hotel, Bertha Palmer, was visiting the exposition. She requested a chef to prepare a ladies’ dessert which is smaller than a cake for her colleagues. The original brownie was served with walnuts and apricot glaze.
The first recorded recipes of the brownie were found in the 1904 edition of the Service Club Cook Book and the Home Cookery Book. They were not exactly like the modern day brownies for they were more cake-like and mildly-flavored. However the first appearance of the word ‘brownie’ was in the 1896 version of ‘The Boston Cooking School Cook Book’, referring to the molasses cakes baked in tin molds which were totally different from modern brownies. It is now called a ‘blondie’.
The second brownie recipe was published in 1907 in Maria Willet Howard’s ‘Lowney’ Cook Book. The recipe was richer, fudgier and had an extra egg and chocolate slab. The recipe was created by a woman in Bangor, Maine and was named Bangor Brownies. Another story of the brownie origin appeared in the 1979 edition of Betty Crocker’s Baking Classics cookbook. According to the book, brownies were invented by accident. It was when Mildred Schrumpf, a home economist in Maine, served a chocolate cake that had collapsed in the oven.
National Brownie Day Celebration
How to celebrate National Brownie Day? Of course, indulge in your favorite brownies!
1) Find different recipes of brownies from the internet.
2) Bake a batch of your favorite brownies and enjoy with your friends.
3) Put some style to your brownies by using a variety of mix-ins.
4) Have a family meal and serve brownies as a dessert.
5) Make brownies and deliver it to your loved ones.
6) If you are not able to bake, you can always buy this sweet treat.
National Brownie Day 2014
National Brownie Day 2014 will take place on Monday, December 8, 2014.