Every once in a while, I get a craving for brownies. Today, my craving was for a simple recipe for brownies that wouldn’t take much in the way of time or effort… the Army/Navy game was starting at 3PM and I just didn’t want to get too invested in the “how” of making brownies. Enter the Shake and Pour Brownies Mix container (as shown in the picture).
This interesting item that I found in the baking aisle of the grocery store instructed me to simply “add 1/2 cup water and shake” to be able to make brownies… how much simpler could that be? My next thought was how the brownies would taste if I substituted red wine in place of water… I mean, why use water if I can use wine, right?
I brought the package home and added a shy 1/2 cup of James River Cellars Rad Red wine. Once I poured the mixture into my 9×9 pan, I added a small amount of wine into the container to finish getting all the remaining traces of brownie mix and poured that into the pan as well. I gently mixed everything together (since it was already in the baking pan) and popped it into the oven. In true “Using The Force” style, I sprinkled the end of a bag of Bits o’ Brickle onto the top after the first 10 minutes of cooking time. If you wanted to add chocolate chips or candy bits, this would work equally well.
I baked them a little too long (in my opinion) but otherwise I think they turned out nicely. This would be an easy thing to keep on hand for those last minute times when you need to send a baked good along with someone, whether they’re going to work or headed back to school.
Try your own version of these easy brownies… maybe use espresso or coffee in place of the water? Who knows… you might come up with the perfect new dessert for your family! Use The Force… it can be so much fun and oh, so tasty!