With it being National Brownie Day, it's the perfect excuse for this delicious indulgence. Legend has it that socialite Bertha Palmer* sort of invented them and to her we say thank you. These gooey treats are always a favorite and we love to grab one when having lunch at Cafe 501. Their brownies are simply divine as is everything they serve!
Who do you think makes the best brownie?
*The creation of brownies is that of Bertha Palmer, a prominent Chicago socialite whose husband owned the Palmer House Hotel. One day in 1893, she 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 apricotglaze. The modern Palmer House Hotel serves a dessert to patrons it states is made from the same recipe. The name was given to the dessert sometime after 1893, but was not used by cook books or journals at the time.