Apple pie is one of the most favorite desserts in the United States and Europe. May 13 is a day devoted to the apple pie.
In 1970, advertisers used an advertising jingle in the patriotic essay: "Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie and Chevy."
March 28 is a special day of the year dedicated to the corrupt dessert that originated in Germany, the Black Forest Cake. In German the cake is called Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, which means "cherry pie of the Black Forest".
The Black Forest cake is named after the special drinks (Schwarzwalder Kirschwasser - cherry liqueur) of the Black Forest region (Schwarzwald) in southwestern Germany.
The cake is made from several layers of chocolate cake between whipped cream and cherries. On the top layer, decorate the cake with whipped cream, maraschino cherries and chocolate chips. In the United States bakers usually do not use alcohol. However, in Germany, liqueur is a must-have ingredient. Otherwise, the cake cannot be legally sold under the name Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte.
Confectioner Josef Keller (1887–1981) claimed to have invented the Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in its present form in 1915 and served it at the Agner Cafe in Bad Godesberg, now a suburb of Bonn, about 500 km north of the Black Forest. His claim has never been proven.
The Black Forest cake was first mentioned in writing in 1934, in the cookbook Konditorei-Spezialitäten und wie sie entstehen. At the time it was popular in Berlin, but also available at high-class confectioners in other cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
In 1949 the Black Forest cake was ranked 13th on the list of best known German cakes.
Beyond the history of the cake, bakers and confectioners love to create elegant displays when baking the Black Forest cake. The combination of rich chocolate layers with a contrasting color and bold red cherries offer bakers the option to design stunning cakes. The interpretations given to the cake produce a host of spoiled desserts that are a lust for the palate and eyes.
Where is the Black Forest?
The Black Forest is located at the southwestern tip of Germany, in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The forest is bounded by the border with Switzerland to the south and France (River Rhine) to the west. The city of Freiburg, located on the western border of the Black Forest, is the largest city in the region and is considered a "gateway to the Black Forest." The ancient town of Baden-Baden is a well-known place in the Black Forest and popular with tourists thanks to its hot springs.
How to celebrate Black Forest Cake Day?
Black Forest Cake Day can be celebrated by eating a black forest cake of course. The cake can be found in cafes and confectioneries. You can also make a black forest cake yourself.
|An Oreo advertisement from 1950|
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National Brownies Day is celebrated on December 8 every year. The brownies are a type of chocolate cake cut into squares, named after their brown color. The chocolate cake from which the brownies are cut is very low and thick, and is often filled with nuts (especially walnuts), chocolate chips or peanut butter.
The homeland of the brownies is the United States and they usually serve them with ice cream or whipped cream.
There is an urban legend that tells that the cookies were accidentally invented by a scattered cook who forgot to add to the chocolate cake he made baking powder. This story has no evidence.
Another version says that the cookies were invented in 1893, during the Chicago World Expo in Chicago at the Palmer House Hotel.
The hotel owner's wife, Bertha Palmer, asked the hotel's pastry chef to make a suitable dessert for the women who attended the show that would be small enough to fit in lunch boxes or low and small that they could eat with a napkin without getting dirty. The result was the Palmer House brownies with walnuts on top and apricot glaze.
Today the modern Palmer House Hotel serves the brownies as a dessert to its guests made from the same recipe and to this day it is one of the hotel's most beloved desserts. The original recipe of the Palmer House.
The brownies were first mentioned by name in the The 1897 Sears, Roebuck and Co. Catalog.
|1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue - page 16 (link)|
The brownies have a golden version - the blondies that have a special day on January 22nd.
In 1907 a new recipe for the brownies appeared in the Lowney's Cook Book, by Maria Willet Howard who adapted the recipe of the Boston School of Cooking for "Bangor's Brownies." She added more egg and more chocolate to the recipe and created a richer dessert. Her recipe is named after the town of Bangor in the state of Maine which was the birthplace of the housewife who claimed to have invented the original recipe of the brownies.
The claim that the housewife from Bangor was the inventor of the brownies was refuted in "The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink" which states that there are cookbooks from 1904 that already included a recipe for brownies identical to Bangor's brownies.
Cool fact - the brownie fairy is a little dwarf that appears in British folklore, who comes home at night and performs household chores if the household members left him a bowl of milk or cream on the fireplace.
How to celebrate National Brownies Day?
There are so many brownie recipes, that it's not a problem to find a recipe for making brownies at any level of preparation and with any ingredient you fancy. Make classic brownies or with crazy ingredients like candies, pretzel chips, salty snacks or whatever you want to try and vary. Give to friends, neighbors or family and do not eliminate everything alone!
Post your brownies photos and recipes on social media with the hashtag #browniesday
December 8 is also Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day