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Mix melted butter, an egg, some water and vanilla essence together, add to the contents of the jar, mix and bake.
So rich, fudgie and decadent! Its great for any occasion whether it be afternoon tea or a fantastic dessert. Dust with a little icing sugar for something special.
Makes ~8 nice sized pieces.
Flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa, sugar, white chocolate and milk chocolate.
Contains Gluten (flour) and egg (user added)
The first impressions of this product were amazing, it is very aesthetically pleasing and would make anyone feel very special to receive one of these jars of goodness. Sometimes though beautiful packaging and presentation do not guarantee a decadent treat. So I was anxious to whip this dessert up.
The ingredients were jam-packed into the jar, and there was no shortage of real chocolate chips, both white and milk chocolate. I got my 11-year-old to whip these up, if she could make them with no intervention then they have to be simple to whip up. She tipped the contents into a bowl and had to tap the bottom of the jar to release all the ingredients as they were so tightly packed in, in fact, it was surprising how much the jar held when it was all distributed into the jar. Now I was a little worried at this stage - this looked so GOOD and I was about to run the risk for potentially ruining the brownies, as I have an egg allergy and I was substituting egg with apple sauce. The typical substitution rate 1/4 of a cup of apple sauce for one egg was used in this. Miss 11 added the rest of the ingredients, butter, vanilla and water, the recipe said to pour the mixture into the tray, and it was a little thicker than a poured mixture so again I was a little anxious about the end results.
This smelled divine as it cooked, it really smelt like something from heaven and when I took it out of the oven it looked like store bought brownies, (something as someone with egg allergies I have only been able to admire and not enjoy). I sprinkled some icing sugar on the top and dished it up for dessert with the family, I let them all bite into it before I took my piece and it was then they realised it was egg free, - all they could say was how divine the taste of the brownies were, crunchy on the outside and gooey chocolate on the inside.
Would I buy these again? Yes, at $12 they would not be a regular in my shopping trolley but I think they are value for money, and they are decadent, easy to make and would make a great gift either in the jar or made up. I highly recommend these, and they can be made egg free for those who have allergies.
I love products like the "Lots of" brand that makes baking simple especially for me as a working mum and when the last minute shared morning tea at school pops up that I regularly have a box of quick baking items like this in the pantry.
I was really keen to try the fudge brownies as this is a favourite with the kids. The packaging is amazing I love the clear glass allowing you to see the layers and what's exactly in the mixture. And the instructions couldn't be simpler butter, an egg, some water and vanilla essence then tip the jar of ingredients in. I was worried that the mixture wasn't going to make much as it was only recommended to use a loaf sized tin. In the oven, it went with all its chocolatey goodness. The instructions said approx 15-17mins but it didn't seem ready so left for another 5, it still seemed really runny but decided to take out and cool in the tin as didn't want to overcook it. Well I was impressed there was enough for the kids' lunches for a couple of days (and for me to try a couple of bits) and they LOVED them.
Now the price - oooohhh they are quite expensive at $12.50. The other brands in the supermarket I can pick up between $5-6 which will make quite a lot and the difference in taste are not enough to buy the "Lots of" brand instead. If you were making a gift basket these would be perfect to add as the presentation is really pretty. If I saw these at the supermarket at a more reasonable price I would definitely buy them.
I've never made brownies before. It's always been the case that I have one or two ingredients missing and I really can't be bothered going to the supermarket to get what I need. So I was definitely interested in this product because the only items it needed, were items that I generally will always have in my pantry and fridge.
Looking at the jar, I checked out the ingredients needed, and sure enough, I had an egg, vanilla essence, and butter. The directions are incredibly simple: preheat the oven, mix wet ingredients, add and mix the contents of the jar, put in a loaf tin, and bake. The packaging is well sealed but still very easy to open, and I wondered how the ingredients stayed so well separated, and it is because it is very densely packed. Kudos to the makers, for figuring out the exact proportions needed to make the brownies and simultaneously perfectly fill the jar! The dense packing does mean you have to give the jar a bit of a whack to get it out (or alternatively I guess you could work it out with a utensil), but once it started to move it all came out in one go.
All-in-all, these brownies took less than 25 minutes to make, from starting the preheat, up until removing the baked product from the oven. I was pleasantly surprised how simple, quick and easy it was. Minimal effort, very little mess, and I didn't end up with kilos of unused flour, sugar, chocolate drops, cocoa, or baking powder sitting in the pantry. For someone that doesn't like wasting food, this is ideal for efficient food preparation.
Once I allowed the brownies to cool slightly, I couldn't help myself and I chopped it up and started eating it straight away. Cutting into the slab, the brownie had a slight crunch to the exterior, but the insides were soft and luxurious in flavour. The chocolate flavour was rich and decadent, with the chocolate drops providing a great little flavour hit and variety in texture.
I am incredibly impressed. Actually, impressed. Immediately after eating a slice, I had to contact KIWIreviews to convey how impressed I was. If these ever find their way into a supermarket, I will definitely buy many of them. With 8 good sized pieces, it's an ideal amount if you are making them for the family to share, or if your work was having a shared lunch. I love it.
We love brownies and I regularly bake them too. A couple of years ago one of my girls was given a jar of brownie mix and she still talks about it. When she saw the Lots of ... fudgie brownie in a jar she knew what it was all about and was keen to make it. I made her wait until the weekend but when the time came to make it Miss 7 wasn't too keen so Miss 9 made it with minimal supervision.
It was so quick and easy to make the most time consuming thing was waiting for the oven to preheat. It only made a loaf size pan but we cut it into 8 rather than the suggested eight pieces. We took the brownie, fresh from the oven and still in the loaf tin, around to the grandparent's place as it was Father's Day. My mother in law served it up on a plate and commented that it was quite moist. I am assuming if we had cooked it longer than the recommended 18 minutes it would have been more cake like but as it was a fudgie brownie it was great for us. All eight of us loved the brownie and my father in law even sent a text later that evening to thank us for the brownie. It tasted like home baking should, not at all like a packet mix.
The jar was beautifully presented with all the ingredients layered and there were several different coloured ribbons to chose from. Our jar had an electric blue organza ribbon. This makes the it an ideal gift for an individual or a family. I liked that all the ingredients were common things found in the pantry. There was no artificial rubbish or additivies I hadn't heard of. The ingredients we had to add were also things I had on hand: butter, egg, vanilla and water. This also meant that if you were baking it for someone with an egg allergy you could use an egg substitution.
I am keen to try some of the other products in the Lots of... range as a way to get my girls baking and as gifts for the teachers.
Who doesnt love chocolate brownie? Gooey sticky slices of rich chocolate brownie with a crunchy top. Well if made right that is lol I first heard of these 'Lots of' products when browsing the KIWIreviews website one-day. I noticed that there were a couple of the products listed for review, but as I had not long got back into reviewing I decided I would not apply to review them at this stage. But, the more I seen them, the more I really wanted to try them. So, I found the supplier on Facebook (easily found thanks to KIWIreviews), and I purchased two lots of their goodies.
One of the products purchased was the fudgie chocolate brownie. Delivery of my order (Im at the bottom of the south island), only took a couple days. The package arrived and, to my relief, the jars were very well secure in the box. I admit I was a little concerned that the jars may get damaged in transit, but Lots of ensures their products will arrive to you in the same condition they leave them which is such a relief. this brings me to the price, although much more than most of us would pay for for a small brownie, it is worth it give the love and care that goes into packing the jars, and then packaging them for delivery. Especially as these can be used for the perfect gift.
So the recipe mix is beautifully layered in the jar, then sealed and ribbon attached. Stickers are stuck to the front and back of the jar. the back sticker is the instructions for making the brownie. These jars would suit for any age group as gifts, because they are so super easy to make and just look so good. I love the simplicity of it all. Pour, add a couple pantry staples, mix, and bake. Before ya know it your home is filled with the wonderful rich chocolatey smell of brownie. And whats even better is, it actually makes the perfect brownie. And omg so so SO good! I very very highly recommend supporting this little company.
When I looked at the instructions for this product, I decided to let Miss Five have a go at making them on her own. Her brother, Mr Seven, and I would help her but only if it was absolutely necessary - like reading the instructions to her as she has only just started learning to read, and organising the oven. The instructions were quite straightforward and she has already had some experience in the kitchen (under supervision, of course) so she was well set up to produce a masterpiece.
The preparation process was incredibly easy. She had to break an egg into a bowl and add melted butter, water and vanilla before stirring in the dry ingredients. With a little bit of assistance - I turned the oven on while Mr Seven held the bowl steady as she stirred it - the mixture practically prepared itself. She resisted the urge to lick the spoon during the mixing process because I thought it was important that she learn to take hygienic measures. However, I assured her that she could lick everything once the product was safely in the oven!
Putting the mixture into a baking tray was a bit of a challenge because she had to drop it in as a sticky lump and then spread it out. However, she made a reasonable job of it and if the mix was thicker at one end than the other then the cooked product would just look authentically home-made! Once the tray was in the oven, she had a great time ensuring there was nothing else left in the bowl.
The jar said it would take 15 minutes to cook. The oven at her house (where we were baking) is a bit slow so I checked it every few minutes and it actually took 22. Brownies are one dish that must not be overcooked - they are ready when they are still soft, so this is where she needed my help. The only way you can learn that is from experience and this was her first time cooking something like this.
They were a resounding success - the whole family loved them, and there was plenty to go round. In fact, I was impressed by just how much that small jar produced. I had thought initially that it was incredibly expensive for what you got, but I was wrong - the result was a large tray of brownies, more than enough to stock the tins for a week.
And the flavour? Absolutely delicious. Soft, melt-in-the-mouth chocolatey, totally decadent, an utter delight. Never mind the kids, next time I make them it will be when I am attending a function and am asked to bring a plate. And the next time a child's birthday comes round, I will consider giving them a jar of their own as Miss Five took so much pleasure out of making her own batch and showing off her culinary expertise!
I absolutely love to bake and when it comes to baking Chocolate Brownie is one of my absolute favourite things to cook... and eat. I find that homemade brownies are always so much nicer than store brought brownies so seeing this ready measured jar of brownie mix made me pretty happy, I loved the idea of a simple to prepare brownie which Miss 4 and I could enjoy making together!
This mix couldn't have turned up at a better time, I received it the day before we were heading off to the snow with a group of friends and seeming as I had the next morning off work before we left I decided to whip these up with Miss 4 as I thought they would be perfect to take along to share as a delicious tasty treat. First of all I have to mention the gorgeous presentation of this product, it comes in a glass jar which is presented beautifully with a ribbon tied to the top of it (i saw that this comes in a variety of colours, mine was blue), there is a white circular label one on the front which states what the product is and one on the back which lists the ingredients and also the instructions. The part of the presentation that I loved the most however was the beautiful layering of the ingredients in the jar, each ingredient was easy to distinguish and it made such a neat appearance through the glass jar. Miss 4 and I had a bit of a game where we enjoyed guessing what we thought each of the ingredients we could see were!
The preparation of the brownies could not have been simpler, infact they were so easy that I let Miss 4 do the lot via my instructions. First of all I cut 85gms of butter from the block and melted this in the microwave, then Miss 4 added 1 egg, 1 tbsp of water and 1tsp of vanilla essence to this and mixed it until combined. Once this was done she tipped in all of the contents from the jar, these came out pretty easily however she did have to use her hands a little bit to get the first layer of the ingredients free. These were mixed into the wet mixture using a wooden spoon, and Miss 4 had no problem doing this herself, the mixture seemed just the right consistency not to wet, not to dry. Miss 4 placed the mixture into a small slice tray that had been lined with baking paper and I then placed it in the oven to cook. Just a nite the packaging does say to cook this in a loaf sized tin (which would make approx 8 squares) however I opted to make thinner pieces so that these would go further.
After 17 minutes in the oven the brownies were cooked and smelt absolutely amazing, it was hard not to nibble at the topping but both Miss 4 and myself held back from doing so as we planned to dust them with icing sugar once cooled. I sliced the brownie into pieces and found I was actually able to make it do 16 good sized pieces. Miss 4 and myself shared a piece and thought it was delicious, though Miss 4 was a bit worried that it had nuts in it but was happy to hear it was actually white chocolate. The next day at the snow I decided to heat the brownie up in the microwave for about 30 seconds to serve for dessert with icecream and chocolate sauce for the 13 of us that were at the bach. The brownie got rave reviews from both the children and the adults and everyone wanted the recipe, they were impressed when I showed them the lotsof website. The brownie tasted amazing heated, rich, gooey and chocolatey just the way a brownie should be.
This brownie mix would make such a lovely gift for a person who loves to bake. If your not great in the kitchen I reckon you should try this mix out so simple to use, you can't really go wrong and the results are amazingly good.
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