(In which Mr. P does the unthinkable.)
No plastic pandas today, unfortunately. Just my good taste chinaware. Don't be too disappointed though, because tomorrow we have the return of the Kewpie. It's been too long without them, hasn't it?
I have a confession today. I've been keeping a big, dirty and reputation-destroying secret from you. For much too long. I feel like it's eating me up inside and I just cannot bear it any more.
Are you prepared for this? Get ready if not. Because here it comes...
I have boxed chocolate brownie mix (catering size!) in my kitchen cupboards.
You look shocked.
I'm not lying.
I got it at Costco.
It's by Ghirardelli, it's Triple Chocolate Flavour and it makes amazing brownies. I forget now where I read about it online, but basically there are Americans out there (many, many Americans) who think that it makes better brownies than a from-scratch, home made recipe would.
Do I think so too? Well, we'll get to that. Right now I need to know that we're still OK. I shouldn't have kept it from you, I know. I just... I need to know that in time you can learn to forgive me. Do you think you can?
I hope so. I feel like the very foundations of my blog are in tatters...
In fairness, I don't think it's better than homemade brownies. I've posted a couple of my favourite brownie recipes on here in the past, and I stand by them. Especially those Chocolate-Ginger Brownies. They were truly memorable.
But I do actually think they're good, these box brownies. Though I cannot put my finger on why. Is it the excitement of using a box mix when everyone knows I'm against them? I'm like those Anti-Fur Activist Types who still wear leather. (And yes, I know it isn't the same thing...)
I like the sweetness. And the fudgy texture - which you can actually see from the photo is particularly inviting.
And let's face it: since these brownies were made with the sole intention of turning them into lamingtons, surely it was OK to use a mix? Well, that's the angle I'm going for...
And what of these lamingtons? How were they? Well, they were fabulous. Moist, fudge-like brownie and crisp chocolate and coconut coating (I opted not to use a ganache for these lamingtons, mainly out of laziness, but it is true that I like the snap you get from a pure chocolate dipped lam) - why wouldn't they be?
If I made them again - and you never know, since these (thanks to Ghirardelli) were a very low-effort undertaking - I think it would be fun to use a white chocolate for the exterior. Make the brownie centre more of a shock.
Though, in retrospect, I think we've had rather enough shocks for today. Don't you?
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Lamingtons
You will need:
1 package of Ghirardelli brownie mix
400g chocolate of your choice
200g dessicated coconut
- Make the brownies following the instructions on the box. (I feel sick inside writing those words.)
- Cut the cooled brownies into cubes ready for lamingtoning.
- Melt the chocolate; put the dessicated coconut into a shallow dish for easy dipping and rolling.
- Dip and roll.
- Allow the brownie lamingtons to dry and set on greaseproof paper.
- Don't tell anyone you used mix. It's not worth it. You could always make these instead. If you feel that strongly about it.