Wow! Cream cheese brownie day?
Let’s face it when you think of cheesecake you think of that creamy colored, tangy bite of feathery goodness with a graham cracker crust. How on earth could you pair that with the fudgy, gooey sweetness of a brownie without creating a culinary war on your taste buds? Quite easily in fact, and I thank that wonderful person who was the first to think of it – they are my hero!
History of Cream Cheese Brownie Day
If you want to understand Cream Cheese Brownie Day, then you must understand the pieces that go into making it – cream cheese and brownies! Cream cheese, or forms of it, have been found in culinary records in Europe for hundreds of years. It is mentioned in England as early as 1583! In France, the earliest records show up about 1651. So clearly in Europe, they have a head start on enjoying that morning cream cheese fix because the first appearance of what we recognize today as cream cheese didn’t hit the market until 1873 when it was first mass produced. Thank you, William A. Lawrence! He was the Chester, New York, dairyman who took this yummy cheese from the farms to our tabletops – and eventually into our brownies!
Speaking of brownies – the fudgy, decadent and sinful vice that most of us can claim as our own shows up in American culinary records in 1906. Although something called “brownies” had been around through most of the 1800s, what we think of brownies first appeared in a cookbook published by the Boston Cooking School. This recipe is not quite the gooey goodness we love, but it started the passion!
How to Celebrate Cream Cheese Brownie Day
How to celebrate? I suggest that the first thing you do is run – do not walk, but run – to your kitchen and find your favorite brownie recipe. Got it? Great! Now, grab your favorite brand of cream cheese to add to your brownies. There are so many on the market now that it is up to you which you use.
Now that you have these two things, get going! Make the brownies, then swirl into the batter your cream cheese mixture. Bake per your recipe and get down to some serious celebrating! Don’t have a favorite recipe? Try typing “cream cheese brownie” into a search engine and don’t be shocked at the number of options at your fingertips. It’s a holiday so that means you can make more than one recipe to sample and share with your loved ones right? Excuse me while I leave you here so that I can go make my own batch… Happy Cream Cheese Brownie Day!
From Foodimentary.com: Today’s Food Finds about Brownies
It is said that the brownie was created at the Palmer House Hotel during the 1893 Columbian Exposition (the largest World’s Fair of it’s time) when the owner Bertha Palmer asked the chef to make a ‘ladies dessert’.
The word ‘brownie’ became so popular that Kodak named one of it’s first hand held cameras after them, the little ‘brownie.’
Brownies were one of the very first prepackaged food ‘mixes’ ever sold. First appearing in the Sears, Roebuck catalogue in 1897.
Fannie Farmer, the First Lady of American Cookery, published the first written recipe for brownies in 1896.
A popular turn of the century alternative was considered of equal importance, the ‘blondie‘, which used many of the same ingredients except chocolate. Many believed chocolate to be a ‘vice’ on the same level as alcohol and even coffee.