Friday, May 20, 2011

FRUGAL FRIDAY - BROWNIE MIX


This is another one of those Frugal Friday posts that can be considered frugal, if you typically buy higher quality brownie mixes, or for when brownie mixes are not on sale for 89 cents! The best part about making your own brownie mix is that you know what 's in there. There's not any unnecessary ingredients. You can customize this recipe with add ins such as chocolate chips or nuts, but I prefer to keep it plain until I prepare the mix, then decide if I want to add anything into it.
There is a certain flavor and texture to boxed brownies that you don't quite get with a homemade brownie (some may consider this a good thing, others love the boxed stuff). I was perfectly happy with these brownies!

BROWNIE MIX                         makes one 8x8 pan (16 brownies)
recipe from here


1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons buttermilk powder or nonfat milk powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 cup add-ins, such as chopped nuts or dried fruit (optional)

In a medium bowl (or deli container), combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, buttermilk powder, baking powder, salt, and whisk (or shake) to blend. Stir in the chocolate chips and add-ins (if using). Store airtight.

To make fudgy brownies

Brownie Mix (above)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan.
2. Dump the Brownie Mix into a bowl. Add the oil, water, vanilla, and egg, and stir just to blend.
3. Scrape the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it.
Makes 16 brownies

1 comment:

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

I shared this on FB. Looks goo!