First, Double Check
|Photo Credit Ardenne Farm|
Of course, it's not usually recommended to lick the bowl or the spoon but like I tell everyone "It's YOUR kitchen, there are no rules."AND, when you are the cook, in my book that means you have an automatic right to taste, lick, gobble anything that you want too as long as you are not double-dipping because that's gross and can also cause cross-contamination (plus, ewww). This gluten free brownie mix was thick enough to stay nicely on my finger, see? Just don't wipe it on a white towel (as previously mentioned here) because then the nice mom that is finger-licking happy will instantly turn into angry mom that will refuse to make anything chocolate for a long, long time. So why chance it? Brownies are supposed to be something to make you happy. And by gosh, these brownies made me happy before they even got out of the oven. Literally, I poured the batter and then began with just a fingertip full- oh my! Then, I called NutriHubby in and gave him a spoonful. Then, I just felt it was necessary to hide in my kitchen while being a glutton and clean the rest of the bowl with the spatula (which also means sharing the gluttony on social media because being a blogger means nothing is embarrassing for us to share). Can you blame me? I've had a bunch of gluten free brownie mixes and honestly, Ardenne Farm is THE BEST in my opinion. And no, they did not pay me to say that- it's truly what I think.
One thing I noticed while I was mixing the batter was that it seemed fluffy, if that makes sense. Most gluten free batters tend to be a bit on the dry side, or wind up too watery. The preparation is to add just three ingredients (oil, egg, water) so I used my ever-favorite Winona Pure Oil, Ener-G Powdered Egg Replacer and water BUT I used only 1/4 cup of oil and added a 4-ounce applesauce (even though I love Winona Pure, 1/2 a cup seems like a lot to me). Regardless, the brownies were super-easy to make, only took about 20 minutes and they were gone by the next morning. Con: NutriSon only allowed me the small portion that I had that night....I love him but come on Dude, I freaking feed you and you can't even leave me any brownies?! Mothers remember these things and one day, I will be surrounded by a fort of Ardenne Farm brownie boxes and not share at all. Just a heads-up.
Seeing (and Tasting) is Believing
Like I said, this is the only actual taste of the brownie mix that I got (sniff.... blowing nose). It's not a great picture because they were still warm, just out of the oven but look at the ooey, gooey, fudgy goodness on a spoon! I downed this with some cold almond milk and I was a happy mom for the night. When I asked NutriSon what he thought about the brownie mix, his exact response was "This is how I expect all brownies to be." Kuddos Ardenne Farm- NutriSon is super, super picky about all of his foods. For him to say this means you have a five-star rating in his book and that's very difficult to do. I also stand by my title- Ardenne Farm, your gluten free brownies are the BEST FREAKING BROWNIES EVER!! Truly. It's that simple. I am so happy that out paths crossed at the GFAF Expo.
|Do you see the fudge?! Yum!!|