In college, I rarely spent much time in Memorial Union, the main student union. It was nearly a two mile walk from our apartment, and on the complete opposite side of the campus from the engineering school.
Instead, most of my student union needs were taken care of at Union South, which was just across the street from the engineering buildings. Union South was incredibly outdated and had a fairly gloomy interior, but they did offer food. My time in Union South essentially consisted of “go get food and bring it back to the prettier and more comfortable Engineering Hall or Engineering Centers Building where all my friends are hanging out between classes and meetings.” And even that lessened once they put a deli in Engineering Hall (appropriately titled “E-Squared”).
Naturally, Union South was rebuilt and opened less than a year after I graduated. Apparently, it is now gorgeous and the kind of place where you would want to hang out or have a meeting. Isn’t that the way these things always go?
Union South (and later, the E-Squared Deli) offered these incredibly rich and decadent brownies which which I would occasionally treat myself. Dan loved them even more than I did, and would stop to pick one up between classes occasionally.
The brownies were thick and fudgy and individually wrapped in plastic wrap. The peanut butter frosting was creamy and nearly as tall as the brownie itself.
A few weeks ago, Dan’s co-worker sent him home with a peanut butter brownie she had bought at a bake sale. The frosting was piled high, and the treat made us nostalgic for the brownies of Union South. Once that memory was triggered, it was only a matter of time before I came up with the recipe to recreate the beloved Union South brownies.