It’s been an awfully long time since I posted any food photos. There’s a few reasons for that, but the main one is that my oven (a gas fanforced one with a broken fan and dodgy seals) specialises in delicious yet hideously flawed ‘failcakes’.
I adore baking sweet, sticky desserty things, I really do. When I bake, I like to do it properly, from scratch, using good quality ingredients. Good quality ingredients cost good money though, and with an unreliable oven, it’s easier to just go to a cafe where somebody else has done the hard work. Packet mixes usually don’t cut it for me, and are often far too sweet and full of preservatives and fillers. I’d rather not bake than use one.
Until Megan from Fremantle’s Littlesweet Baking created a Brownie mix. Gourmet brownies are one of my weaknesses, especially when stuffed full of raspberries. But I’d never made them myself because the recipes I’ve read have far too many steps and far too many ingredients to buy and measure (and not eat before they make it to the bowl).
The lure of a ready prepared brownie mix, with real Belgian chocolate, quality cocoa, and no artificial anything was too good to refuse. I picked up a packet for $10 from The Lettuce Shop in Belmont.
This mix is incredibly easy, and very quick (at least it would be quick for somebody not stopping every 10 seconds to photograph it). All you need to add is butter and eggs. I also added a handful of frozen raspberries. I think that the combination of the broken oven and the raspberry liquid made these much gooeier and fudgier than they should have been, but my husband and I still enjoyed them.
The combination of rich chocolate, egg, and butter make for some seriously decadent and fattening brownies (about 100g fat for the whole tray), so we have frozen some of ours in the vain hope we won’t eat them at once. I expect this measure will not prove successful.
We’ll buy the mix again, but only when we have more people to begrudgingly share the pieces with.
Littlesweet Baking create chocolate cake/cupcake, brownie, and gluten free brownie mixes which are available from Perth’s Urban Locavore, Myre, and The Lettuce Shop. Megan’s cakes and biscuits can be found daily at Chalkys Espresso in Fremantle, and you will find the Littlesweet Baking stall at Perth Upmarket every few months.
This post was not sponsored. I bought the mix myself and blogged about it without being asked to. All photos were taken indoors, in natural light using an overhead skylight and camera on a tripod, remotely triggered. The fact that any baking survived long enough to be styled, is nothing short of a miracle.