Brownie Master Mix
Today is the first day that I have had to wears socks season. That’s when you truly know Fall is here. Fall is my favourite time of the year, the trees are all turning beautiful colours and in addition to that. I start to get back into my baking mood. One of the most popular baked goods in this house is brownies, It seems like I am always making them. I probably make them 3x a month or more.
I woke up this morning wanting to bake some, I went up to the kitchen; and I have no cocoa. Well I have to go to the store anyways so I go to the cupboards to see what else I need. I was almost out of flour and sugar! Have I been sick? how could I get so low on baking ingredients without knowing?
So off to the store I go, I’m walking down the aisles and I’m looking at all the special sales (Thanksgiving coming up) thinking “hmmm, do I want to make my famous Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Kahlua or should I make a Master Mix so I won’t decide to make a batch one day to find out Uh, oh I’m out again”.
First of all I’m out of homemade Kahlua and I’m not going to the liquor store on a Friday afternoon, Master Mix it is! I have had a bad week for this, lol. I was making cookies the other day, had 1/2 the mix in the mixer, reach for an egg and there wasn’t any. Jump in the car mid mixing to get eggs lol. Have you ever had a week like this?
Get A Very Large Bowl
This master mix is so big that I couldn’t even mix it in any of my bowls, I had to use my large roasting pan bottom to mix it. So I add the sugar and the cocoa together and mix them together, then the flour, baking powder and salt.
Mix it really well and make sure you get all the ingredients mixed evenly.
Now here comes the fun part. Take the shortening and cut it into small pieces, the smaller the better as it will be easier to blend.
I use a pastry cutter at first and start blending the shortening into the dry mix. When it starts to blend together, I use my hands to mix it. You are going to want it to feel like the sand on the beach between your fingers. Try and get all the shortening chunks mixed completely into the powder. It should feel like a fine sand.
I usually take the mix and put it into 2 containers and write the baking instructions on the lids. It will keep for 3 weeks in the fridge or indefinitely in the freezer.
This mix makes about 9 batches of brownies. When you are ready to bake a batch all you will need is eggs and vanilla. VOILA home baked brownies!
- 8 cups sugar
- 1 lb shortening cut into small pieces
- 1 cup cocoa
- 6 cups flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
Mix dry ingredients together, add shortening to blend.
Mix together 2 cups of the dry mix with the eggs and the vanilla. Add nuts if desired.
Bake into a 9 x 9 inch pan at 350 F for 25 minutes