Zingerman's Brownies/ Antonis Achilleos
Our brownies are iconic Zingerman’s treats. Many Deli Reuben sandwiches are followed by one of these fudgy, rich brownies. They were first developed at Zingerman’s Delicatessen by Connie Gray Prig before the Bakehouse started and were simply referred to as Connie’s brownies. They made them Deli big, each a quarter pound. Just as popular as the brownies were the brownie trimmings—the crispy edges that the Deli bakers cut off and sold in bags. The Bakehouse later took over baking a handful of items that were being made at the Deli, brownies being one of them. I was confused by the brownie trimmings—I didn’t see a reason to have this “waste,” which was the result of baking brownies on sheet trays rather than in proper baking pans. If we just baked them in an appropriate pan, we could eliminate the unattractive edges. (I also prefer interior pieces, so I couldn’t imagine that anyone really liked the edges.) We made that change in 1995, and some customers still reminisce about the brownie edges! We soon developed other brownie flavors—coffee, raspberry, ginger— but simpler versions proved to be most popular. Here are our recipes for our biggest sellers.