There are various stories of the origin of brownie. Amongst them, the very popular one is of Fanny Farmer. In 1905 she wanted to bake a chocolate cookie instead baked a bar cookie (Brownie is also called bar cookie as it is had like a finger food unlike cake which is supposed to be eaten by a fork.
Another famous story leads us to Betty Crocker’s Baking Classics and John Mariani’s The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, tells of a housewife in Bangor, Maine, who was making a chocolate cake but forgot to add baking powder. Thus her cake didn’t rise properly. She, however, did not throw it away but cut and served the flat pieces.
One story says: a chef mistakenly added melted chocolate to a batch of biscuits. He was making a cake but didn’t have enough flour.
Perhaps, the actual origin will always remain a mystery for us.
brownie recipe | brownie recipe easy
- 250 gms Butter
- 275 gms Dark Chocolate
- 275 gms Sugar
- 3 nos. eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 225 gms all purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- Melt butter and chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave.
- Add in sugar and stir till mixed. Let the mixture cool down.
- Whisk in the eggs one by one. Sift in the flour and mix. Add the vanilla and salt and mix well.
- Bake in the oven at 180 C for 20-25 mins. OR in the microwave for 10-12 mins.
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