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T.G
02-16-2012, 12:28 PM
I've been meaning to post this for some time now because I get asked all the time about the brownies I often bring to herfs. I kind of laugh, tell the recipe and explain that I'm not really doing anything special, they are out of a box, just modified a bit and I really doubt that I'm the first person to do this.


Besides a "family sized" box of good brownie mix like Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker, the dark chocolate tends to work best, you will need:



a handful of fresh chopped walnuts
a handful of chocolate chips (a chopped up hershey bar works even better)
a handful of dried fruit - apricots, pineapple or cranberries seem to work well.
OR
a bag of all fruit trail mix, sometimes called "tropical trail mix" - pick the bag with the least amount of raisins (because they are boring).
about 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of real vanilla extract
strong espresso OR a small can of evaporated whole milk



Directions:




Pre-heat oven per directions on box.
Dump the brownie mix into a big bowl
Add number of eggs as directed on package
substitute the volume of water as called for on the package with either espresso or the evaporated milk - your choice, depends on what type of brownie you want, one with a hint of coffee or more of a smooth mellow chocolate.
If you used espresso in step 3, use 2/3 the listed amount of oil. If you used evaporated milk, use 1/2 the listed amount. If you use grapeseed or safflower oil, keep it on the scant side or you'll end up with greaseballs - but if you're using those oils, you probably know that already.
Add the vanilla extract along with the nuts, extra chocolate and fruit.
Mix and bake according to the box directions. I recommend using a 13x9 pan, the smaller pans cause the brownies to be too thick and they don't cook right because of all the extra ingredients.
Lick the bowl and mixing spoon.

Note regarding the pan, because of the dried fruit and reduced oil, these can stick rather easily, I found that even in my Wilton non-stick pans, an oil coat isn't enough, I have to use a heavy coat of the floured baking spray. Baking parchment would probably work too.

awsmith4
02-16-2012, 12:58 PM
Brownies with chance to use Espresso or some Eagle Brand instead of milk?!

I am sold!

Subvet642
02-16-2012, 01:04 PM
Adam, you're from Cali, aren't you missing an ingredient? :D

T.G
02-16-2012, 01:05 PM
Isn't Eagle Brand a sweetened condensed milk?

I never tried it with sweetened condensed, I don't think it would have enough moisture to wet the dry ingredients fully. This stuff already spreads like cold peanut butter in the pan due to the extra ingredients and reduced oil, I think it might be impossible to spread out with sweetened condensed.

Maybe a mix of sweetened condensed and espresso would work, but I'd have to think about what the proportions should be.

T.G
02-16-2012, 01:06 PM
Adam, you're from Cali, aren't you missing an ingredient? :D

Cheese from happy cows?

Subvet642
02-16-2012, 01:07 PM
Cheese from happy cows?

:hm Just what makes them so happy? :r

T.G
02-16-2012, 01:08 PM
:hm Just what makes them so happy? :r

That they're not freezing their udders off in Wisconsin.

awsmith4
02-16-2012, 01:42 PM
Isn't Eagle Brand a sweetened condensed milk?

I never tried it with sweetened condensed, I don't think it would have enough moisture to wet the dry ingredients fully. This stuff already spreads like cold peanut butter in the pan due to the extra ingredients and reduced oil, I think it might be impossible to spread out with sweetened condensed.

Maybe a mix of sweetened condensed and espresso would work, but I'd have to think about what the proportions should be.

You are right, I misread your recipe. I really do want to try these especially with the espresso.

I was going to comment that these doctored brownies seem far more tasty than the ones my roomates used to make, but theirs always left you wanting more...

Subvet642
02-16-2012, 01:47 PM
That they're not freezing their udders off in Wisconsin.

Of course!:=:

Subvet642
02-16-2012, 01:47 PM
You are right, I misread your recipe. I really do want to try these especially with the espresso.

I was going to comment that these doctored brownies seem far more tasty than the ones my roomates used to make, but theirs always left you wanting more... :tu

T.G
02-16-2012, 01:59 PM
You are right, I misread your recipe. I really do want to try these especially with the espresso.

I was going to comment that these doctored brownies seem far more tasty than the ones my roomates used to make, but theirs always left you wanting more...

The confusion between sweetened condensed and evaporated milk happens a lot actually. I've even done it a few times by accident when reciting the recipe.

Regarding the espresso, it comes out as a subtle flavor in the brownie. If you want it to be more pronounced, you can add a tablespoon or two of instant coffee to the mix.

T.G
02-22-2012, 12:15 PM
I want to thank Albert for the accidental mention of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk the other day, because of that I started thinking about how to make it work and here's what I came up with, and I think it's an improvement over how this recipe started out.



Start with a "family sized" or "makes a 13x9 tray" box of dark chocolate brownies - Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker (Pilsbury if you must).
Add a 5-6 oz bag of tropical trail mix
Add a handful of chocolate chips or a chopped up candy bar, or even M&Ms (note, the shells will melt and give some interesting mold-looking color patterns on the underside of the brownies)
Add 4-5 oz of chopped walnuts
Substitute strong espresso or coffee with an additional 2 tablespoons (6 teaspoons) of dark roast instant coffee mixed in (I use Nescafe Classico) for the water.
Use one half the amount of oil as called for on the box.
Add a volume of sweetened condensed milk equal to the amount of oil added in step 6.
Add eggs as directed on the box (you can short the eggs a bit or use smaller eggs to get a denser brownie)
Cook as directed on the box.

Chocolate, more chocolate, sugar and caffeine. What's not to love?


Thanks again for the idea, Albert!

CigarNut
02-22-2012, 12:33 PM
I want to thank Albert for the accidental mention of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk the other day, because of that I started thinking about how to make it work and here's what I came up with, and I think it's an improvement over how this recipe started out.



Start with a "family sized" or "makes a 13x9 tray" box of dark chocolate brownies - Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker (Pilsbury if you must).
Add a 5-6 oz bag of tropical trail mix
Add a handful of chocolate chips or a chopped up candy bar, or even M&Ms (note, the shells will melt and give some interesting mold-looking color patterns on the underside of the brownies)
Add 4-5 oz of chopped walnuts
Substitute strong espresso or coffee with an additional 2 tablespoons (6 teaspoons) of dark roast instant coffee mixed in (I use Nescafe Classico) for the water.
Use one half the amount of oil as called for on the box.
Add a volume of sweetened condensed milk equal to the amount of oil added in step 6.
Add eggs as directed on the box (you can short the eggs a bit or use smaller eggs to get a denser brownie)
Cook as directed on the box.
Chocolate, more chocolate, sugar and caffeine. What's not to love?


Thanks again for the idea, Albert!Going to have to give this a try T.G!

awsmith4
02-22-2012, 12:43 PM
Glad my slip up turned into a success...wish that happened more often :D

Theo Cincy
03-06-2012, 08:51 PM
I love a good brownie.

Powers
03-06-2012, 08:53 PM
Saw "herf" brownies, thought I'd poke my head in and see what it was about :D

smitty81
03-06-2012, 09:17 PM
fruit in brownies?

Mr B
03-07-2012, 12:52 PM
Adam, if these were the ones that were at the Barn Herf this weekend, they were killer!

T.G
03-07-2012, 01:35 PM
Adam, if these were the ones that were at the Barn Herf this weekend, they were killer!

Thanks Brent! Yes, they were the recipe from post #12 w/ a bit more instant coffee added and no walnuts (because I forgot to put them in).