Our favorite brownie recipe comes from the King Arthur Flour website – bakerscatalog.com It was a bit over-the-top sweet for our taste-buds (and I am cooking for a diabetic!) so I reduced the sugar and chocolate chips and the brownies are still plenty sweet. This is one of those places where it doesn’t “pay” to make your own. Box brownie mixes (brand shall go unnamed, but there is a red spoon on the front) occasionally go on sale for $1.25 at my local grocery store and this mix costs me about $1.75 to prepare if I include the chocolate chips, and I do. (Without chips the cost is only 50 cents.) But there are no additives, preservatives, or unprounceable names in the list of ingredients, and that is important to me. I bet it matters to you, also. Fudge Brownie Mixes are quick to assemble (great task for children) and make nice gifts for chocolate-lovers, with or without fabric caps, raffia, and ribbons.
Tip: Use a buttered knife to cut still-warm brownies neatly.
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp espresso powder, optional “secret” ingredient gives depth to the chocolate flavor
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp non-aluminum baking powder, such as Rumford
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips in a snack-size zippy bag, optional
a clean quart jar with lid (must be absolutely dry)
You can approach this two ways: a Blended Mix or a Layered Mix. The Blended Mix works well if you want to make a lot of Fudge Brownie Mixes quickly; the Layered Mix is particularly nice for gift-giving. See Create Your Own Dry Mixes for additional tips and ideas on crafting mixes.
For Blended Mix:
Decide how many batches you want to prepare. Multiply that number times the list of ingredients. Measure all the dry ingredients (everything except the chocolate chips) into a large mixing bowl. Whisk everything together thoroughly for at least a minute or two to distribute the ingredients evenly.
Using a wide-mouth canning funnel, carefully and accurately measure 2 1/4 cups of the mixture into each prepared jar. Move the jar around a bit to settle the ingredients evenly without compacting it. Add the zipper-lock baggie of chocolate chips, if desired. (Yes, chocolate chips are definitely desired!!)
Cap the jar and label as you wish. I usually use a sharpie and write the instructions right on the jar. Or you can make up a pretty tag if you like, cover the lid with a piece of fabric and tie it on with yarn or raffia, attaching the tag.
Fudge Brownie Mix
1/2 cup melted butter (or oil)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix well. Bake in a greased
square pan 20 minutes at 350 F
For Layered Mix:
Decide how many batches you want to prepare. Line up prepared jars on the counter and begin filling them with ingredients in order listed. First the sugar, then the cocoa, and so on. Be sure to move the jar around a bit to settle each ingredient into an even layer before adding the next one. This will give you a clean-cut delineation between colors. Add the zipper-lock baggie of chocolate chips, if desired. Cap and label the jar as you wish.
|YUM! Brownies without preservatives and additives are easy from a home-made mix.|