Sunday, June 23, 2013

Fudgy Brownie Mix in a Jar - a Desserts In Jars #SundaySupper

I don't know about you, but we are a family of brownie lovers. To the women in the household, at least, the perfect brownie is dark, fudgy, and not super sweet, with a bit of a chew but in no way rubbery or tough. I've made my fair share of brownies over the years, from the classic melted chocolate and butter concoctions to uber healthy, vegan and gluten free ones, but I always seem to come back to the middle ground of a cocoa-based bar with a moderate amount of sugar, flour and chocolate chips.

I grew up on the basic boxed brownie mix, as did my sister, and I have to agree it's hard to beat the convenience when you're hit with the "ohmygosh, I need a brownie NOW" craving - but as I grew older (and admittedly more "foodie-like"), I began to notice the slight "off" flavours the premade mixes carried. Nothing overly offensive, but a cardboardy undertone and a one-note, too-sugary sweetness eventually drove me out of the store-bought mix camp permanently and into the kitchen. To keep the convenience factor of the inspiration, I began to whip up my own brownie dry mixes - first as Christmas gifts for friends with baking aspirations (but little kitchen experience), then as a way to be able to whip up a batch of fudgy, homemade bars for my (uber-brownieholic) sister in less time than it took her to drive home from her part-time home in Guelph. Like all the "mix" recipes in Shaina Olmanson's book Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine, it's classic, simple, reliable and above all, delicous!

Fudgy Brownie Mix in a Jar

This week’s #SundaySupper is all about Desserts in Jars, inspired by Shaina Olmanson’s cookbook (see my review of Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine here). We all came up with our own "jarred" recipes – some exactly like the recipes in Olmanson's book, others with a twist on tradition! Not only are we singing the praises of this book, we want you to try it yourself - many of this week's #SundaySupper bloggers will be giving away copies of Desserts in Jars too! Check out all the blogs below to participate, and good luck!

Sunday Supper Desserts In Jars:

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For even more fun, be sure to join us during the #SundaySupper Twitter chat tonight at 7PM ET to win tickets to the Food and Wine Conference including a 2 night stay at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando! Entering is easy - just join in the chat using the #SundaySupper hashtag. The Desserts In Jars Summer Tour will be hosting live events around the country.  Check out the events and join in the fun in city near you!

Fudgy Brownie Mix in a Jar
Makes 1 (12-serving) mix
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 (1g) packet French vanilla stevia (optional)
1/2 cup cocoa
2/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips
  1. Layer all the ingredients as listed in a 3cup jar, pressing firmly after adding each ingredient.
  2. Label with the following instructions:
To Make Your Brownies, You’ll Need:
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
¼ cup brewed coffee or water
  1. Heat the oven to 350° F and grease the bottom of a 9” square pan.
  2. Combine the brownie mix, egg, oil and coffee in a bowl with a spoon or spatula until just blended (about 50-60 strokes). Do not use electric beaters!
  3. Spread in the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out slightly sticky (if in doubt, underbaking is better for the fudginess).
  4. Cool completely in the pan (ideally chill overnight) before cutting.
Amount Per Batch of Dry Mix
Calories: 1,121.0
Total Fat: 22.8 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 624.2 mg
Total Carbs: 263.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 19.3 g
Protein: 20.5 g

Amount Per Serving (1 brownie, prepared)
Calories: 147.6
Total Fat: 7.8 g
Cholesterol: 15.5 mg
Sodium: 57.9 mg
Total Carbs: 22.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.6 g
Protein: 2.2 g