The Rise of Brownie: Origins of America's Favourite Treat
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Are you aware of the origins of some of your most cherished, traditional recipes? Determining the origins of our most cherished foods is a challenging task. Even if there are recipes that date all the way back to the 19th century, a lot of tales and rumours regarding their origins continue to circulate.

History follows a trend when it comes to one of the most popular sweets in America. Although brownies have been around for a while, it is impossible to pinpoint their specific beginnings. However, there are several myths regarding their creation and creator. So, are you willing to sift through this straightforward yet opulent dessert's history? If yes, continue reading.

What Is A Brownie?

By their appearance, brownies are baked sweets that resemble both cookies and cakes. Usually carved into square-like bars, they are thick and soft.

A brownie's basic ingredients include flour, sugar, eggs, butter, chocolate, and cocoa powder. The main element in this delicacy might either be chocolate or cocoa powder. The thickness of brownies determines whether they are cakey or fudgy. Additives such as chocolate chips, frosting, almonds, or other delectable components can also be added. Ice cream, milk, and espresso are some of the best accompaniments to these.

A Brownie History

The origins of the brownie are the subject of several theories. Some people think it was invented in Boston when a lady forgot to add baking powder to the batter while preparing a chocolate cake. She made the decision to slice and serve her chocolate cake in little, flat slices since it didn't rise.

But according to popular belief, the first brownie was invented in 1893 when Bertha Palmer ordered her cooks at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago to make a dessert for the women who were attending the World Columbian Exposition. She wanted to provide something simpler to consume and smaller than a cake to her female visitors.

Her cooks created a brownie with walnuts, an apricot sauce, and twice as much chocolate as is typically seen in cakes. At the hotel, brownies are still baked today. There isn't any concrete proof that the brownies at the Palmer House Hotel were named brownies, even though they probably looked similar to the modern version.

The first recipe for chocolate brownies was published in the 1899 "Machias Cookbook," a community cookbook from Maine. The components called for in making a brownie were flour, baking soda, milk, and chocolate. A recipe for Bangor Brownies was included in a cookbook produced by the Club of Chicago in 1904 (Bangor is a town in Maine). After a little while, in 1906, Fannie Farmer revised her cookbook and included recipes for brownies and blondies that were to be baked in a 7-inch square tin.

A new baked good that contains chocolate and is sliced into squares or strips started a revolution in brownie-making in American homes, while professional confectioners were busy adding chocolate to their brownies. Brownie recipes started to circulate throughout North America and were soon a staple in households. After that, brownies began to spread throughout the rest of the world, albeit a bit more slowly in the UK. Thousands of recipes exist today, each offering a unique method for creating the delectable baked treat that is brownies.

Even if their exact history and naming are unknown, brownies are still a global delicacy due to their exquisite chocolate flavour.

Brownies Today

Brownies are becoming more health-conscious these days. They can now be found in versions that are low in sugar and carbohydrates, high in protein, and frequently vegan or gluten-free. The allure of brownies lies in their lack of a universal definition or perfect recipe. Because of its adaptability, it's one of those sweets that is unlikely to go out of style or become irrelevant anytime soon. Not only is it one of the simplest sweets to prepare, but it's almost a prerequisite for amateur bakers.