Rachel’s Brownies

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I am participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to the co-authors of              Two Writing Teachers for creating this  supportive community.

     One of the rewards of participating in this challenge is the opportunity to learn from other slicers – to gather ideas, formats, craft. Sometimes an idea bounces off in a random way generating other ideas and thoughts, and that’s how I found my slice for today. Way back in the beginning of the month Sally Donnelly used an exercise from Kate Messner’s 59 Reasons to Write for her post She used the randomly generated word “edge” to inspire her writing. Sally ended the piece with this question: What do you like best – edges or interiors? Someone commented that the question made her think of brownies – some people like the edges, others the interiors, and that made me think of “Rachel’s Brownies.”

Back in the ‘70’s  local resident Rachel Slater and her husband, Jeff, started a bakery in my home town of Malvern, PA. Rachel started selling the brownies out of her home, but the business quickly grew and they moved into a store front in a shopping center not far from my house. People would line up to buy them or bring their kids to watch the production line. The brownies were the best, to this day, that I have ever tasted. They were mainly sold locally in specialty stores, and I recall that they were also sold to a few airlines (back when the airlines provided a meal). There may have been other flavors, but the ones I remember most were Chocolate Walnut and Butterscotch (my favorite). I fondly remember that when my daughter was born, my husband brought me a Rachel’s Butterscotch Brownie in the hospital.

Each brownie was individually wrapped for sale, but if you went to the bakery you could buy a bag of “edges” for a dollar or two. These were the best – mostly because my kids preferred the middles, not the edges, so they were all mine. The edges had just enough of the soft middle combined with the crunchy outside to create a texture and taste explosion when you bit into them.

Thanks, Sally, for the inspiration and the memory. And thanks, Rachel and Jeff, for your wonderful brownies.

Rachel's Brownies

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13 Responses to Rachel’s Brownies

  1. I like the edges–crunchy and sweet. A few years ago Boscov’s had an “As seen on TV” display. One of the products was a brownie pan with an insert so that every brownie had four edges. I was sold, but my family not so much. I need to see if I can dig that out again.

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  2. Dana Murphy says:

    Oh, I love the edges. They are the best part of almost anything – brownies, pizza, a loaf of bread.

    Great Slice!

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  3. arjeha says:

    Edges are the best…crunchy and chewy at the same time. Yo made me hungry, Rose.

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  4. What a delightful post! I have never been known to refuse any brownie that has come my way (edges or middle both garner equal amounts of adoration from me), but I must say, Rachel’s brownies sound especially divine!

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  5. elsie says:

    I like the idea of a “texture and taste explosion.” Those brownies sound delicious. I’m not too picky on my brownies, but with bakery sheet cakes, I’m all about the interior. Can’t stand all that frosting on the sides.

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  6. Ms. Pesta says:

    The ends/edges are the best. I used to visit a bakery that did that & found myself buying the edges rather than the insides.

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  7. Loved reading about Rachel’s brownies!!! Loved the picture at the end too! Butterscotch sounds like it would be my favorite too! 🙂

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  8. I love hearing how people find topics. When you commit to writing for 31 days you realize it really is about leading a writerly life. I think about everything differently. I see the potential in each moment, each experience and each flight of thought. It shifts the way I live. I too love the edges…
    Clare

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  9. travelinma says:

    Can I like both-the edges and the soft slightly chewy, slightly crumbly center? This was a delightful post.

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  10. lynnedorfman says:

    What a great post – love the “author’s note” in the beginning of your slice that talks about how you came to write about these special brownies.

    I think there’s nothing better than the smell of brownies baking in the oven! Walnut and butterscotch brownies – what a treat! Only…now I’m really hungry for a brownie! I like the edges, too!

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