“ Brand: Dr Oetker / Type: Chocolate „
Little Man started big school last week and has been a little bit wobbly so I have been trying to think of activities we can do at home after school if he is 'a big brave boy'. Today he decided he wanted to make chocolate brownies!
Now we have never made chocolate brownies before, and to be honest baking is not my forte so I had to go searching the supermarket for a kit. Luckily the Dr. Oetker kit was on offer in Sainsbury's for a bargain 89p, and only needed an egg, 4 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of oil - even I have those in my limited baking cupboard! The kit consists of the chocolate brownie flour mix and a bag of chocolate chips. You also need a lined 8" square baking tray to cook your brownies in.
I was really impressed with the simplicity of this kit. Little Man has just turned 4 and he was able to make the mix with very little assistance (although I needed to preheat the oven for him). All you need to do is mix the flour bag with all the listed store cupboard ingredients. At first it seemed like there was a lot of flour but after mixing for a minute or so it soon turns in to a dark brown sticky goo mix. Then all you need to do is mix in the chocolate chips before pouring into the lined and greased baking tray I lovingly prepared earlier. The mix is quite sticky so although most of it poured in nicely I did need to spoon in the last bit!
The recommended cooking time is 25 minutes although they suggest that you can cook these for slightly less time if you want a moister brownie. My oven isn't great but they cooked to a moist consistency in 25 minutes. After leaving to cool for about 20 minutes they were still slightly warm when I turned them out of the baking tin, and sliced without breaking.
The brownies were lovely tasting - they were gooey and sticky rather than cakey which was great as I am often disappointed when brownies are more like a chocolate sponge. Ok they are not in the same league as the chocolate brownies from Costa, but we got a big tray full for less than the price of one from there and had great fun doing it! My only comment would be that they didn't really rise as much as I thought they would but this may be because my tin was slightly bigger than suggested, and this wasn't a real issue. My tray was about 15cm by 20cm and I got 12 decent sized brownies which everyone gobbled up.
I would definitely buy this kit again. It was so simple to make, my kitchen didn't look like a bomb had hit it afterwards and the end product was edible, so it's a top- score from us!
I really enjoy baking but as I've been dieting for the last few months I haven't really done any of late. Last week when I was doing my grocery shopping I spotted this chocolate brownie mix on offer and thought I would try it.
The box is black and has a photo of some yummy looking brownies on the front. I'm told that to make the brownies all I need to add is an egg, oil and water, this will make 12 brownies and they bake in 25 minutes. The nutritional information for one 35g brownie is also given.
On the back of the box are the instructions for making the brownies, this is done by telling you the ingredients needed this time with quantities, and the three steps to make them - "Beat it", "Heat it" and "Eat it".
Inside are two sealed bags, one contains the flour and cocoa brownie mixture and the other contains the chocolate chunks.
I started by greasing and lining an 8 inch square baking tray as listed on the instructions (you can use a round one if you don't have a square one available).
Next I put the wet ingredients (4 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 medium egg and 2 tablespoons water) into a mixing bowl. I then emptied the brownie mixture on to it and began mixing it with a wooden spoon. To begin with it was quite difficult to mix as it was stiff but very soon it became very easy to stir. Once it was well blended I added the chocolate chunks as stated in th instructions, and stirred these into the brownie mixture.
I then had to pour the mixture into the greased baking tray. I found that quite a lot was sticking to the bowl so I scraped out as much as I could using a spatula.
The whole mixing process was pretty quick so I had to wait until my oven was fully pre-heated (170°C/160°C fan assisted/325°F or Gas 3).
When the oven had heated to temperature I put the baking tray on the middle shelf for just under 25 minutes, as the instructions said to shorten the baking time shortly for a gooier brownie. Depending on how you like your brownie the cooking time is 25 to 30 minutes.
I took it out of the oven and left the brownies to cool for twenty minutes before I removed them from the tin.
I was quite disappointed when I did take them out of the tin as the brownies hadn't risen as much as I thought they might have done. They certainly didn't look as big as the ones pictured on the box.
However as far as cakes are concerned the most important thing is how it tastes, so how did the brownies fair on the taste test?
I have to say very well indeed, the brownies were moist and slightly gooey with a slightly crispy crunchy top.
I think this brownie mix would be ideal for children to use if they fancied doing some baking, because the ingredients are weighed out already so they can just tip them into a bowl and get mixing.
The mix had a best before end date of a year away so they are handy to keep in the store cupboard.
per 35g Brownie 153kcal 1.4g saturated fat
Suitable for vegetarians
Contains Gluten, Milk & Soya