‘I’ve never had so many compliments’: Mom shares the VERY unusual change she makes while baking, making her brownies taste better than ever
- A mom claimed that the secret to the ‘best’ brownies is making them with Kahlua
- Kahlua is a sweet coffee flavored rum from Vera Cruz, Mexico
- Instead of pouring water into ready-made brownie mix, she added the liqueur
- She said she “never got compliments again” about her baking
Mixing dry ingredients with alcohol instead of water is the secret to making the ‘best brownies ever,’ says an amateur baker.
The mom posted a photo of a homemade baking sheet in Facebook cooking group Baking Our yourself Crazy, telling members she had made it by pouring Kahlua into ready-to-eat Ghirardelli brownie mix and adding a handful of pecans.
Kahlua is a coffee flavored sweet rum liqueur that comes from Vera Cruz, Mexico, and is most commonly used in cheesecakes, ice cream toppings, and cocktails such as Espresso Martini’s and White Russians.
The Portland, Oregon home chef said she “never got more compliments” about her baking than with the Kahlua brownies.
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The pecans make an amateur bakery, made by combining a ready-made mix with Kahlua, a coffee flavored rum liqueur from Vera Cruz, Mexico
Her post has been liked nearly 1,000 times since it was shared Wednesday night, and many called the idea “ genius. ”
“I like how your lady cooks,” said one woman.
“I’m doing this tonight! Best brownies ever and best combination – Kahlua and Ghirardelli, ”said another.
Ghirardelli is the American arm of the iconic Swiss chocolatier Lindt, headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Ghirardelli triple chocolate brownie mix (left) can be purchased online in Australia from Amazon and eBay, but Betty Crocker mix (right) is more easily available from Coles and Woolworths
Founded in 1852, it is now one of the most prominent chocolate and confectionery companies in the US, stocking leading retailers such as Target and Walmart.
Ghirardelli cake mixes can be purchased online in Australia from Amazon, eBay and Fair Dinks, but similar mixes from brands like Betty Crocker are more available online and in-store at Coles and Woolworths.
Others suggested baking with different liquors like Baileys Irish Cream and Amarula, the South African equivalent, and non-alcoholic drinks like chocolate milk.
Three rules for perfect brownies
1. Don’t mix flour too much
Folding too vigorously in flour will cause gluten to be overdeveloped, creating an overly dense, chewy texture. Instead, carefully fold in flour until only a few light streaks remain in the batter. This dissolves during cooking and is a sign that you have not stirred too much.
2. Bring ingredients to room temperature
Eggs and butter should be kept out of the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes before cooking to bring them to room temperature where fats and dairy mix faster and smoother.
3. Always use paper
Baking trays should be lightly greased with butter and then lined with parchment paper to prevent the bottom of the brownies from sticking to the pan. It also makes it easier to lift them after cooking.
“That sounds great, I will have to try that. Have you ever tried exchanging the milk in instant pudding with chocolate milk? Total game changer! said a woman.
A woman said she once replaced red wine with water in a chocolate cake.
“I did this with red wine, [ten out of ten]. It’s rich and delicious, “she said.