So, I discovered last week why you should always make brownies from a packaged mix. (Sounds like the start of a joke doesn’t it. I wish!) It allows you to remain in the delusion that brownies do not have just as much sugar as flour! And a whole entire cup of oil!
I had lost almost all of my baby weight before I made these brownies and the Hershey Pie that I posted last week. But after eating 95% of the pie, and at least half of the brownies, I gained 5 lbs. back. That’s what happens when you reward yourself with dessert every time you have to get up with the baby! I’ve been eating salads like crazy this week trying to get over my sweet tooth.
It finally was beginning to work when a coworker was able to get me samples of the new Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake and Chocolate Chip cookies mixes (in stores this summer).I’m sure that I’ll break down and bake the cake and cookies this weekend, so I’ll write a review of both of those next week. In the meantime, these brownies should keep you high on sugar =)
I started working on this recipe after a friend raved about her grandmother’s brownies. Unfortunately, her grandmother makes the brownies without the aid of a recipe or measuring tools, so the written recipe that they did have doesn’t taste exactly like the real thing. Knowing this, I felt free to adjust the recipe a bit once I’d made it a few times. I’ve replaced some of the oil with water, added chocolate chips (because you always need more chocolate) and made the recipe gluten free. I think you’ll really enjoy these brownies, especially if you like your brownies to have a really deep chocolaty taste. But beware feeding them to your children – my sweet boy is now addicted to brownies (or “yannis” as he pronounces it) which makes it very difficult to go down the baking aisle of the grocery store now!
Double Chocolate Brownies
2 c. gluten free all purpose flour mix
2 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. xanthan gum
6 Tbsp. cocoa
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
3. Beat the eggs thorougly and then add the eggs and other liquid ingredients to your dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.
4. Pour the batter into a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. You can also use a couple of smaller baking tins if you wish. Cook for approximately 55 minutes, or until the brownies do not wiggle in the middle and a toothpick or fork inserted in the middle comes out clean.