The Duncan Hines Brownie Mix and Other Processed Delights!
- jarona Jan 4, 2009 09:31 AM
OK. So yesterday daughter has cramps--and what better way than some chocolate baked brownies to heal the wounds! So I get ready to bake and she says: "Can't you just make the Duncan Hines Brownie Mix? You know they are my favorite!". Silly me! This got me to thinking...I will search recipes high and low for the perfect cookie, cake, pie, tart and brownie. And the kids still love the Duncan Hines Brownie Mix the best (have to admit--it IS nice and chewy!). The same for Mac & Cheese--nothing like a home-made scrumptious, gooey mac and cheese--but the kids still will crave for the old Kraft Mac & Cheese every now and then.
How bout you? We all realize we are all foodies--but you got a favorite processed dish? I would love to hear about it!
Guilty! I am not a baker - and love the brownie mix, cake mix and icing..there is something comforting about them for me.
With that said, I have never served my kids Kraft Mac and Cheese - blech! I always tell myself they don't need to know any different.
Yellow cake mix is practically a miracle food, to me. I am admittedly not much of a baker, but I am wholly skeptical of friends' claims that a scratch cake can duplicate that sweet, buttery flavor.
Yesterday, I had a bag of cranberries in the crisper to use up and remembered a friend's cranberry sauce cake recipe. I cooked the cranberries into a simple sauce, chilled them in an ice bath, and stirred that into yellow cake mix with two eggs, baked it at 350 for 35 min in a greased bundt pan.
Oh my god. So good -- tangy and moist.
LOL, as someone who prefers my cakes from scratch, I'm also wholly skeptical of anyone who claims they can duplicate cake made from a mix. A home cook can't duplicate this list (Betty Crocker which was rated the best mix by CI):
Sugar, Enriched Flour Bleached (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Modified Corn Starch, Propylene Glycol Monoesters of Fatty Acids, Baking Soda, Salt, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Dextrose, Monocalcium Phosphate, Distilled Monoglycerides, Dicalcium Phosphate, Maltodextrin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Datem, Monoglycerides, Xanthan Gum, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Aluminum Sulfate, Yellow 5&6, Nonfat Milk.
IMHO, I can always taste the chemicals in these mixes, though as a kit, I thought that Duncan Hines was the best of the bunch...