How cute are these mini brownie bites frosted with buttercream? I decorated them with my special frosting recipe, but I'll tell you a little something about the brownies. If you promise not to blab it around.
As much as I lurrve to bake from scratch, realistically I don't always have the time. And if the confessional is open, I have to tell you: I can't bake brownies. Not gooey, soft, fudgey brownies that everyone begs for. Before the advent of the silicone baking pan in fact, I'd never successfully turned a batch out intact. Every brownie recipe I've tried has been dry, crumbly and only half-assed chocolatey.
The very best brownie recipe that I've ever found goes something like this:
1/3 cup water
1 package Safeway chocolate brownie mix
*bake according to package directions
... and really, I tell you this because I have tried. I have experimented with every brand of mix out there: the grocery store brand names, the ones with brand name candy added, the ones with unpronounceable, fancy, pretentious names. They don't work for me. I'm jinxed. The very best success I've ever had with brownies is with the Safeway store brand.
I'm not even usually drawn to store brand products, so I have no idea why I swear by this particular boxed brownie, but there you have it. Your dose of reality for the day. Saucy is hopelessly, completely and utterly incapable of baking a scratch brownie.
So if you have an infallible recipe, by all means... send it along and I'll test it. I'll make a mess of it, but I'll test it.
I managed to pack up and mail Jack and Moira's Halloween box of goodies yesterday. I hope it arrives in time for them to enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows after they go trick-o-treating.
Is it just me, or do you find the Halloween goodies out there hopelessly cute? I dragged all this stuff home from Detroit.
And so, please send me your brownie recipes... if you think I can handle it. My buttercream recipe is at the bottom of this post.