National Brownie Day

December 8, 2022 @ Oval Beach

We observed National Brownie Day wiith a hike in the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area. Here’s a map of the trails.

Nine of us met at the northwest end of the Oval Beach parking lot at 10:30 and walked about 3 miles on sandy trails with a couple of small hills. It was cold, but we dressed in layers. We needed to rebuild your energy reserves afterward, so there were brownies!

In 1893 Palmer House owner Bertha Palmer charged pastry chef Joseph Sehl to create something new for dessert in a box lunch to be sold at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. He came up with “Palmer House Brownies” and they’ve been the bane of dieters ever since.

In 1899 the first published recipe for chocolate brownies (below) appeared in a cookbook produced by a ladies’ circle in a small town in Maine. [Wikipedia]

A photo of brownies with a quote attributed to Linds Sunshine: "A basic rule of baking is, it's almost impossible to make an inedible batch of brownies."
Recipe for "Brownie's Food."