My mom used to have this book called Make a Mix Cookery, which had dozens of recipes for mixes that you would make in bulk: biscuits, muffins, cookies, cakes, etc. Then it had recipes for hundreds of other things you could make with each mix. I thought it was pretty clever, and the other day my friend and I thought we’d make something similar.
This is the recipe we came up with last week for a master brownie mix. I wanted it to be good, right from the start, so I added two full 4 ounce semi sweet chocolate bars, and chopped them up as fine as I had the patience for. The idea here, is that today I’ll give you the recipe for the basic ultimate brownies, and then in the future, I’ll use the mix again to make up new brownie recipe.
Ultimate Brownie Mix
4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 4 ounce bars semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (optional)
Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
Basic Ultimate Brownies
4 1/4 cups Ultimate Brownie Mix
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
12 tablespoons melted butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until well combined. Pour into the pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
*For a slightly more sophisticated brownie, add in a small pinch of cayenne pepper and a 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.