Having been sent a Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix (which is gluten and dairy free) by Amanda at Hill Cottage Bakery, we were keen to try it out.
It comes in a cylinder and contains the mix and a piece of greaseproof paper. Such was the simplicity of the set, Sous Chef J decided he'd be able to manage alone... even opening the mix sachet easily which was something he was very pleased about.
Having read the instructions on the pack, he gathered all the equipment and ingredients needed.
This was a chance for Sous Chef J to try out his new, cordless 3in1 Twisting Mixer from Morphy Richards (we'd spotted this a while ago and thought, because it's lightweight and quiet, it may work well for J.) He loved it! Simple to operate, lightweight and QUIET... plus he could do the whole 'bbrrm, brrrmmm, brrmm' thing that boys seem genetically programmed to do with power tools.
Having mixed for one minute (as instructed on the packet), the mix was placed in the baking tray. As you will see, we didn't have a 7" square tin to use so 'improvised' with our trusty 6" x 10" tray which we lined with greaseproof paper... and, seeing as the mix would be thinner in this tin, we discussed that the cooking time would need to be reduced.
Whilst cooking the brownies, the kitchen was filled with a delicious aroma... and, having cooled the brownies in the tin for about 15 minutes, they were removed and left to cool completely before being cut into portions.
The bonus of having a larger baking tray is that we got more brownies from our mix than the 9 suggested on the carton... we had enough to save some for the next day's coffee break in a lock'n'lock box.
Sous Chef J decided he liked the idea of strawberries and cream to accompany the brownies and took a pic of his 'serving suggestion'...
... he tried a sample before agreeing the brownies were delicious and 'plating up' our dessert.
This was a really successful baking experience for Sous Chef J and we all loved the brownies. They kept well overnight and were just as moist the next day having been stored in an airtight pot (away from hungry tums!)
At £7 a mix, buying these mixes would definitely be considered a treat here - as there's the cost of eggs, oil and baking to factor in - but we do think they're a great idea as a gift for gluten and/or dairy avoiders. The price includes P&P which is good and the resultant brownies were 'squidgy and tasty'... just like chocolate brownies should be!
Disclosure: Thank you to Amanda for sending us the Mix to try for free, we have not received payment for this post.