Brownies (that taste like a brownie mix!)

I love to bake brownies. There are so many beautiful steps to take before putting it into the oven. You melt the sugar and chocolate together, add in dry ingredients then mix it into a glossy batter. If you’re lucky, you get to throw in some chocolate chips at the end.

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But you see, brownies are actually hard to perfect. I have made so many brownies and never really loved the results. They can be cake-ey, greasy, crumbly and overall just not great. I love a boxed mix brownie though. Yet, I have never figured out how to get the chewy texture without under baking my brownie and ultimately having it then sink in the middle.

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But, this is it! This is the brownie that is everything you want in a brownie, Its chewy and fudge-y and tastes like a brownie mix (they are the goal here). The secret lies in a few little tweaks along the way.

There is water melted in with the chocolate and sugar in the first step. This ends up becoming a chocolate syrup to kick start the fudge texture we are aiming for.

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You add in the dry ingredients to the melted chocolate/sugar/egg mixture. At this point things are looking pretty good, you should be getting excited around now.

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Give it a quick mix until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated. Then you have the brownie batter, its very tempting to stop at this point but keep going. The brownies are pretty incredible.

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Oh! And stir in some chocolate. This way you have lots of melted chocolate to burn your mouth when you eat one right after it comes out of the oven!

fullsizeoutput_39cOr you could be patient and wait to have them cut into perfect rectangles. Either/or works.

Brownies that taste like a brownie mix

Yield: 9×9 inch brownie

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup water

1 ounce unsweetened chocolate

2 eggs

1/4 vegetable oil

3/4 cup flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions: 

  1. Grease a 9×9 baking pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Set up a double boiler over a medium high heat
  3. In a heat safe bowl, combine sugar, chocolate and water. Place this over the double boiler and stir until the sugar has dissolved. You can rub the mixture between your fingers to feel when its dissolved. Remove from heat
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the oil and eggs, add this to the chocolate mixture.
  5. Once fully mixed, add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add in the chocolate and give it one last stir. I highly recommend trying the batter at this point.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes. The best way to enjoy these brownies is after they have cooled. The texture is better and the chocolate wont burn your mouth but you can break the rules if you wish.

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