bomb as is bing-bang-boom-those-were-good. not bombed. although it was looking grim there for a long second.
question: have you ever wondered if it is [truly] worth it to make and bake homemade when there are such easy [and inexpensive] boxes lining our market shelves? yesterday, i was determine to answer that age old inquiry with the most ordinary of mixes, the brownie. using the ever sophisticated google search, i snagged the first recipe i could find, mmm-mmm better brownies. good job recipe namer. you hit the nail on the head. here's how it went down.
mmm-mmm better brownies
half cup vegetable oil
one cup white sugar
one teaspoon vanilla
half cup all-purpose flour
one third cup unsweetened cocoa powder
one fourth teaspoon baking powder
one fourth teaspoon salt
preheat oven to 350 degrees. grease 9x13 baking pan. in a bowl, mix together the oil, sugar and vanilla. beat in eggs. combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually stir into the egg mixture until well blended. spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. bake for twenty to twenty-five minutes or until the brownie begins to pull away from the edges of the pan. let cool before cutting.
like any good baker should, i tasted the batter before it went in the oven. and subsequently got very nervous. it was very thick and very rich. nothing like duncan hines. scary. with nothing to lose [except a few pounds], i [reluctantly] threw them in the oven. twenty-five swearing off homemade minutes later i was greeted by a delightfully delicate, beautiful brownie. consider yourself broken up with duncan. these were a. cheaper and b. better.
answer: it may require [a bit] more effort and [a bit] more planning, but mass produced is massively poo. it's not like i won't be picking up a funfetti mix [can you really replicate this? doubtful] ever again. but, i will be less inclined to befriend betty or doughboy in the future.