How to Make Great Brownies
Brownies are one of those things that everyone makes differently even if they use a box mix. Finding the right box mix is up to personal taste, but getting a quality result can still be difficult. Below will demonstrate how to make Betty Crocker Hershey’s Triple Chunk brownies and include tips on how to achieve the best results.
How to Make Boxed Brownies
Brownie mixes go on sale periodically. You can typically pick up a mix for about $1 at Meijer, Kroger, or Walmart along with other local grocery stores. Try out a few to find one you and your family enjoy, but remember the tips on making good brownies will apply to any of the mixes.
Step 1: Get out all the ingredients required for the mix. This mix requires two eggs, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, and 3 tablespoons of water.
Tip 1: Set your eggs on the counter for about 15 minutes before you begin making the brownies. They will cook up better in the mix if they are not cold when the baking process begins.
Step 2: Open the mix brownie package and pour powder in to a medium to large mixing bowl.
Tip 2: With a fork break up any large clumps of the dry mix before adding any of the wet ingredients. This will help when you are mixing and prevents over mixing. Remember, this particular brownie mix has chocolate chips in the mix and will naturally appear lumpy.
Step 3: Crack open the eggs in a separate bowl and whisk with a fork before adding to the mix.
Step 4: Add water, oil and eggs to the dry mixture and mix well using a fork.
Tip 3: Don’t over mix! This will make the brownies too hard and dry. Often the package will state “stir with spoon for twenty strokes” or “mix well by hand for two minutes” follow this direction precisely. It will make better tasting brownies.
Step 5: Grease a pan using Crisco Shortening. You can use a paper towel to apply the grease to the pan to reduce cleanup.
Tip 4: I like using nonstick cooking spray for other things such as Banana Nut Bread, but it does not seem to work well with brownies in a pan. Reserve the nonstick spray when you are making brownie cup cakes.
Step 6: Pour all of the brownie mixture in the greased pan.
Step 7: Spread evenly using a spatula or spoon. Be sure to spread the mixture to the corners of the pan.
Step 8: Bake according to the directions on the box. This mix called for 350° F for 26-28 minutes.
Tip 5: Bake for the shortest time listed on the box and avoid opening the oven while the brownies are baking. Opening the oven lets heat escape from the oven and uneven baking may occur. When the timer goes off, check the brownies visually to see if they are done. Brownies will pull slightly away from the edges of the pan and the middle of the brownies have a slight raise to them (although not as much as a cake). If the brownies look done visually, check using a knife inserted in the middle. A little brownie will stick, but it should not appear like liquid brownie mix. Do not over bake the brownies or they will taste like burnt chocolate.
Step 9: Carefully remove brownies from the oven using pot holders. Place on cooling rack and allow to cool for approximately 10 minutes before you attempt to cut them.
Tip 6: Use a butter knife to loosen edges of brownies from the pan for easy removal. This step should be accomplished shortly after the brownies are removed from the oven.
Step 10: Serve warm brownies with a large glass of milk or create hot fudge brownie desserts for an extra special treat.
Making brownies from a mix can be an easy process, but people are still capable of messing them up. Store the brownies in an airtight container. For best results, enjoy the fresh brownies within three days of making them–if they last that long! Enjoy!
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