As much as I love eating dessert, I don’t tend to make them from scratch very often and when I do it’s easy desserts like chocolate filled crepes and cupcakes. I’m not huge on cake mixes either but when I received an email from Donna Hay’s marketing team asking if I would sample her new range of home-bake mixes, I was pretty excited as every Donna Hay receipe I’ve tried has been easy and tasty (one of my favourite receipes is her sticky pork ribs).
I came home to a sample of Donna Hay’s Molten Chocolate Chunk Brownie mix sitting on my doorstep last week.
As I don’t make desserts very often, I wanted to make sure I had plenty of foodies around to taste the result of my dessert making efforts. So Sunday night was perfect as we were heading to my mum’s for dinner and burger boy, my bro ex-fatty and his gf (food blogger little miss bacon) were all there.
Following the instructions on the back of the package, I added two eggs, 150g of unsalted butter, the choccies provided and combined it with my wooden spoon. It took all of 10 minutes for me to prepare the brownie mixture and that included taking photos!
In it went into the oven and 40 minutes later (exactly as per the instructions on the back of the pack) I had brownies ready to take to dinner!
The brownie worked a treat at dinner…check out the gooey goodness inside:
I served the brownies with vanilla ice-cream which worked really well in balancing the richness of the chocolate. And what I loved was the chewy gooey goodness combined with the crunch. Normally when I have brownies it’s either soft or crunchie so it was great to have the best of both brownie types.
This is what the brownie taste panel thought…
Little Miss Bacon loved the gooey goodness, crunchiness and reckons it’s better than the shops.
Ex-Fatty’s quote after one bite was “I’m buying this mix, it’s amazing”, his second quote when retiring the dessert bowl to the kitchen was “omg there’s more!”. He then took another piece from the chopping board :)
burger boy thought it was the perfect brownie and like little miss bacon loved that it was crunchy on the outside.
My fussy mother who isn’t a big chocolate / brownie person, thought it was nice but just a bit too rich for her.
I took the leftovers into work the next day and my colleagues loved it too – the crunch factor was a winner for them too!
I was very happy with Donna Hay’s Molten Chocolate Chunk Brownie mix because:
- It won me brownie points (excuse the pun );
- It was very easy to make and didn’t require any baking skills;
- I didn’t need to go shopping for ingredients – I already had eggs, butter and a wooden spoon; and
- I could make the brownies for a dinner party and no one would ever know it was a mix!
Donna Hay also has macarons and cupcake mixes (see below), I’m told you can find it at any Woolworths or IGA in Western Australia for $7.99 (it’s at my local Woolies). You can also order online but it becomes costly when you add the delivery cost.
I’m keen to test out the macarons mix for my next dinner party and next time I’ll see if I can get away with claiming that I made them from scratch :) (my plan has already failed though if my friends are reading this post!)
Thanks Donna Hay for sending me your molten chocolate chunk brownie mix, it was chocolicious! And fellow foodies, if you try this let me know how you go.