The 2020 Holidays Recipe Collection
How you doin’? Here’s some exciting news--National Brownie Day is just around the corner—takes place annually on December 8th. A day worth celebrating with a plate of brownies, of course!
Most people know the most common definition of the word "brownie" is a baked chocolate bar. But did you know there's also a mythical creature called a "brownie"? Brownies are tiny, fanciful, good-natured elves who secretly help and do good deeds at night. Kind of like the tooth fairy.
One early story about the creation of brownies is that of Bertha Palmer, a prominent Chicago socialite whose husband owned the Palmer House Hotel. In 1893 Palmer asked a pastry chef for a dessert suitable for ladies attending the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition. She requested a cake-like confection smaller than a piece of cake that could be included in boxed lunches. The result was the Palmer House Brownie with walnuts and an apricot glaze. The modern Palmer House Hotel serves a dessert to patrons made from the same recipe. The name was given to the dessert sometime after 1893 but was not used by cookbooks or journals at the time.
The first-known printed use of the word "brownie" to describe this dessert appeared in the 1896 version of the Boston Cooking-School Cookbook by Fannie Farmer, in reference to molasses cakes baked individually in tin molds. ... These recipes produced a relatively mild and cake-like brownie.
My recipe, Butterscotch-Chocolate-Chip-Marshmallow Brownies, is technically a Blondie, not a Brownie. Brownies are made with chocolate and Blondies are made with brown sugar. But this recipe is made with chocolate chips so let’s not quibble about words—just make, bake and enjoy.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes
Cool time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2 dozen brownies (12 servings)
1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup butter
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups milk chocolate chips
ChefSecret: “Brownie points” in modern language usage are a hypothetical social currency, which can be accrued by doing good deeds or earning favor in the eyes of another—often one’s superior. The origin of the term is unclear and that’s why it’s a secret.
Covid-19 Quip of the Day: “Yeah, I have plans tonight. I’ll probably hit the living room around 8 or 9, make a quick snack stop in the kitchen and be in bed by 11. What a night!”
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Here is wishing you the very best for the upcoming holidays. To you and everyone dear to you, be strong, be positive, stay well, stay safe and be kind welcoming in the holiday season. If you have a little extra in your pockets to share with others at this difficult time, please consider donating to Feeding America.
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