I’m still not so sure about gluten free baking so I am leaning on packet mixes for a few months until I get the hang of it. I’ve had hits and misses in the past with gluten free food so I’m interested to see how far the market has come in the last few years. After the disappointing recent experience of the Aldi Gluten Free chocolate cake, I bravely attempted the Orgran Chocolate Flavoured Brownie Mix. Bravely eating chocolate brownies: the things I do for my blog!
I had the perfect chance to try them out when my lovely Doula, Lucretia, came over for a catch up. I do like to bake for visitors. I have a bit of a reputation to uphold, too. So I was pretty chuffed to hear the magic words: “they don’t taste gluten free!” It’s my new greatest compliment.
The mix was pretty easy to put together. As usual, I go the dairy option and use butter but if you have dairy issues then you can make it with a suitable margarine and make it dairy free. It’s also soy free which is becoming harder to find in gluten free land.
I had to add some walnuts and a handful of chocolate chips. They look funny because they have the white bloom on them that chocolate gets when it’s been hanging around a while. And these chips have been in the pantry forever.
It wasn’t so pretty going in to the oven, and I think I might have over cooked it a little: brownies don’t need to cook like a cake but I couldn’t help myself and left them in until I could get a clean skewer out of it. I don’t know how you can test a brownie for done-ness but a clean skewer is a sign of an over-done brownie.
Not that it got in the way of the enjoyment of the brownies. They were fab. Possibly my greatest packet mix to date, not that I tend to use many of them. But this one could find a spot in my pantry. I am very glad that I added the chocolate chips and walnuts. I think it might have been a bit boring otherwise. I definitely didn’t feel like I was missing out on “the real thing” or making some kind of second best substitution as you do with so many gluten free foods. Like Lu said, they don’t taste gluten free. And they don’t taste like they came out of a box, either.
You should be able to find this product in any supermarket (until the majors go 100% home brand, that is) and probably the larger fruit shops and some health food stores. Orgran is a pretty widely distributed brand and the pricing is reasonable. Definitely worth a go.
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