January 08, 2014

Homemade Fudge Brownie Recipe

Are you a do-it-yourself kind of person?
Me too.
Do you love dense, fudge brownies?
Rhetorical question.
Homemade Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies


















This brownie recipe was handed down to me from a very special someone, so naturally I decided to share it with you all. It's chocolatey, dense, and slightly chewy with a thin crust on top. They're addicting, so unless you stash a few away for yourself, watch they fly off the plate. The ingredients? Only a handful, and all of them can be found in your kitchen right now. The recipe is very flexible; and you can modify it as you see fit. You're the baker... throw in nuts, add powdered sugar, replace the butter with oil or apple sauce, even remove the eggs. Let this be your new fudge brownie bookmark.

September 02, 2013

Fudgy Homemade Nutella Brownies

Before I blinked an eye, half of these Nutella brownies were gone.
Translated from a French recipe, these Nutella Brownies combine two of the greatest things in the world: silky smooth Nutella formed into a decadent brownie. Bless my soul, I managed to let these set in the fridge overnight which allowed the brownies to become moist & chewy with a dense, fudge interior and a glossy finish on top.

Last time I checked, this recipe is illegal across the continental United States as well as 58 other countries. If you love Nutella and have a jar around the house then close this internet tab now, or at least have 9-1-1 on speed dial. WARNING dietary consequences inbound.

This recipe produces enough brownies for a 9x11 inch pan. Half the recipe for an 8x8 inch pan.

August 16, 2013

Dunkin' Donuts Brownie Review

Dunkin' Donut Brownies
Are Dunkin' Donuts' brownies any good? Recently I stopped by my local DD shop with the intention of buying an iced coffee (with milk/no sugar) when my friend behind the counter gave me a brownie for free.

Excited, I took my items and seated myself next to the counter. To avoid tainting the taste of the brownie, I held off on my coffee and began examining my specimen. Before even biting it, I knew the brownie would not be extremely fudgy due to its chewy & cake-like appearance. Nonetheless, I was still intrigued for the brownie was topped with a layer of frosting which containing shaved white chocolate. Sufficiently eying him down, I angled in for the first bite... not bad.

May 17, 2013

Warm Delights Brownie Review

For some time, Betty Crocker has offered hot fudge brownies which can be created in the microwave.
For some reason, I missed the Warm Delight craze which swept across my friends. I remember they would pop these puppies into the microwave and then just rant and rave about how delicious they were when they came out.

I found two "reviews" on the internet:
I had my first Warm Delight recently. First of all, it was warm. Second of all, it caused delight. It was an unforgettable experience that I will cherish for the next few years. 
By itself, the brownie was fudgey, but it got ten times more orgasmic with the fudge. It is safe to say that I will be enjoying this delectable treat for many days, months, and years to come.
Years!? Orgasmic Brownies which you will cherish for years? Whoa. I had to try one of these.

Warm Delights
So I "accidentally" stumbled across a box of Warm Delights (Hot Fudge Brownie variety) and decided to give it a go. The first thing I noticed was the price... they charge you and $1.50 for one brownie while the full pan box mixes right above were the same price if not cheaper. Granted, nobody ever died over 75 cents, but all I know is Betty Crocker is making a killing on these. Also, would you rather have one brownie OR 12 brownies? In theory, for this Warm Delight to be worth the price, it needs to outperform the delightfulness of 12 brownies. For some reason, I highly doubted that notion.

Upon opening the box, I read the directions and added the indicated amount of water to the dry batter. I popped the brownie in for 45 seconds (that was fast)! The directions said to wait 5 minutes, but I don't think anybody does that... ever. I waited 4 minutes to be a rebel and then I poured the fudge packet over three-fourths of the brownie (more on this later).

January 15, 2013

Chocolate Frosting for Brownies

Rich, chocolate frosting
A delicious brownie covered in rich, decadent chocolate frosting, what's better than that? After reading up on some literature about frosting, it's sometimes confusing - what's the difference between a frosting and an icing? And, which is better for fudgy brownies? This article will tackle these problems and introduce a chocolate frosting recipe at the end to help top those scrumptious brownies!

Types of Icing:
To remove all the confusion, an icing and a frosting are actually two words for the same exact thing! I prefer the word frosting, because it sounds cooler but this should not have to be confusing. With that being said there are actually several different types of icings

October 11, 2012

Best Brownie Mixes?

Choices
Duncan Hines, Ghirardelli, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury.... the list goes on. The search for the best brownie mix is a long, harsh one. Not only are there so many different brownie box brands, there are so many different types of brownies! After hours of testing (and calories), the final batches are done and the results are in. This article will be organized with "the best-tasting" boxes for each category.

Notes about our experimentation process: to make all the tastings fair, all brownie mixes were prepared exactly as stated on the packaging and baked in a 8x8 metal pan (besides the family sized batches). The brownies were then plated "randomly" and voted on without the prior knowledge of which brownies corresponded to which brand. Our board of tasters consisted of five "brownie experts" who all rated each brownie on a scale of 1 - 10, with 10 being a good score and the highest amount of points achievable.

Best Boxed Fudge Brownie Mix?
Duncan Hines Decadent Double Fudge Brownies
Average Score: 9.4/10

Fudge brownies are what people think of when they think of a warm, gooey brownie. Hence, this category was more scrutinized during testing than the others. It's kind of hard to gauge these describing words towards tangible tastes. Duncan Hines was heavenly, I don't think I'd buy another fudgy box of brownies again. The Ghirardelli's Ultimate Fudge icing packets were not added over top to keep them looking similar to the other brownies, regardless the "icing" didn't really taste good anyways. If you want to know how to make your brownies even fudgier, check out this article.

Other Contenders: Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies (8.8/10), Betty Crocker Fudge Brownies (8.2/10), Ghirardelli Ultimate Fudge (7.7/10), Pillsburg Chocolate Fudge Brownies (7.5/10) Betty Crocker Triple Chunk Brownies (7.4/10)

September 26, 2012

Cosmic Brownies Review

Cosmic Brownies
Oh Cosmic Brownies, a true childhood delicacy. Sadly, I rarely ate these brownies because my mom was such a huge advocate of not eating junk food. However, it's easy to remember that me and practically every other kid in the universe love these things!

Cosmic Brownies are created by none other than the Little Debbie company. These brownies consist of a thin, chewy fudge brownie topped with a sprinkling of multi-colored, candy-coated chocolate chips. Each individually wrapped brownie is made with a seam down the center for splitting in half (as if they wanted us to SHARE these beauties).

September 08, 2012

Are Fiber One Brownies Good?

Fiber One Brownies
Fiber One has it's own line of "delicious", "nutritious" fudge brownies. What a delight to indulge on a brownie for only 90 calories. Unfortunately, every time I hear the word "healthy" and "brownie" together, I cringe. Brownies should be that indulgent treat which you splurge on and feel guilty about later, what does Fiber One think they're doing by ruining this balance of nature?!

August 05, 2012

How To Doctor Brownie Mixes

Oh baby Jesus
Doctoring brownies is a term used when customizing a box brownie mix. Sometimes, you want to go that extra mile with your brownies and add those special ingredents which would undoubtfully satisfy! This article will go though various ways to doctor up boxed brownies.

Candy / Cookies:
Oreo brownies are definitely man's greatest invention (see picture above). M&M brownies, Reeses cup brownies, or twix brownies are just a few brand names of chocolate which you could add to a batch of brownies for real treat.

Sweet and Salty:
Our taste buds can detect five distinct flavors, sweetness and saltiness are two of them. Add course sea salt ontop of warm-gooey brownies for that perfect mélange of flavors. Adding peanut butter or pretzels into a brownie batter could also achieve that sweet and salty factor you're looking for.

June 28, 2012

Homemade Brownies versus Box Brownie Mixes

Homemade Brownies... mmmmm
Which is better, homemade brownies or boxed brownie mixes from the store? This article will discuss the pros and cons to each option, and which brownie baking method reigns supreme!

Boxed Mixes:
These are not only convenient, they don't taste bad. In fact, certain box mixes such as Ghirardelli, Duncan Hines, and Betty Crocker always receive raving reviews. It's a win-win situation for the time pressed culinary expert and the complete culinary zero. The mix contains the exact proportions of ingredients to make a nice batch of brownies.

Let me just add that there seems to be a bit of a bias in the baking world. Trust me, there are people out there who will try to make you feel "guilty" for using a box brownie mix. There are also the situations where people ask you for your recipe, and you tell them which box you used! Priceless.

"Doctored" Box Mixes:
I know a lot of people (including myself at one point), who "doctor" up a box mix. A.K.A, use a box brownie mix but add extra ingredients such as: nuts, fudge, extra chocolate chips, hot fudge sauce, ice cream, candy, oreos, and the list goes on. Doctoring up a boxed mix allows you to get that flavor you desire without the hassle of putting together the initial ingredients.