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We are a household with a love of sweet treats, anything cake or brownie related is soon munched up. I must admit that we are lazy and tend to use packet mixes if we are cooking them at home as they are easier to make, and often have better results. I'm quite often thanking Mrs Betty Crocker for her efforts!
My daughter at the age of 21 does try to cook but does seem to get defeated by the effort and time. So out doing some Christmas shopping I saw this little gadget and at a reduced price of £9.99, I thought it might be a fun little gift for my 'little un'.
Needless to say she loved it and couldnt wait to get it home and try it out.
What is surprising is just how small it actually is, the size of the box shows you that it isnt exactly huge but it was still a surprise. I'll admit to being slightly impressed by it, its quite pretty looking cream coloured, with a couple of cake pictures on the top.
Opening up the lid you can see its divided into 8 sections. Obviously these sections are really small, perhaps 11/2" by 11/2". I wasn't entirely convinced that this was going to make some substantial gooey brownies, although by the picture above you would think it could manage it. Actually the size of that picture is not dissimilar to how big they actually are!
So you switch it on and wait for it to heat up and get ready to go. There is a recipe available but we didnt have the eggs needed but we did have an Asda packet mix and in the interest of only having 1 egg decided to give that a go. It does say to put a dessertspoon into each section. However it didnt look like a lot so a little dollop extra got put in.
You then close the lid and it automatically starts to cook, 8 minutes later another light goes on and, Hey Presto! Perfect brownies! Except they werent, perfect that is, particularly the bits towards the middle so they had to cook a bit longer. This did eventually do the trick.
After taking them out it became apparent they were more like brownie bites rather than proper brownies. For some reasons they seemed to squash the brownies rather than them having any sort of rise. We did have some more mix left so took the sections out and poured it straight into the machine and ended up with a large brownie biscuit! They were nice enough but seemed to be lacking that chew that defines a good brownie.
The name Brownie Maker is a little misleading, theres a whole bunch of recipes in their booklet including carrot cake and variations on the good old chocolate brownie. Safety wise it's quite good, the inside cools down quickly and the outside stays relatively cool, so now burns to little hands when accidentely touching it.
Cleaning is also easy, I wiped out the inside of the actual machine with a damp kitchen towel and washed the sections in soapy water.
But when it comes down to it this is just a gimmicky gadget. I anticipate that its going to be in the back of the cupboard with the fryer before the month is out. I'd say it was perfect for a kids cooking session with mum, a great way to spend a few hours, other than that its a bit of fun and back to Mrs Betty Crockers kitchen!
A 3 may seem an odd rating but although it wasnt for me and the sizes were too little, it does do its job effectively and very well.
Sweet Treats STBM001AR Brownie Maker