Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines do not exist in China: How to bake brownies from scratch

August 18th, 2011 by | Country: Great Britain | No Comments »

I introduced Sophia to a traditional American dessert that is beloved by many in the United States, brownies.  While many of us normally would pick up a Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines box of brownie mix from a grocery store in the US, I made the brownies from scratch.  Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines do not exist in China.  Therefore, it was critically important for me to be able to teach Sophia in a way that she can bring her knowledge back to China and re-create what we have made in London so that she could introduce the brownies to her Chinese friends.  As all of the ingredients, butter, flour, chocolate, sugar, eggs, vanilla and walnuts, exist in China, it is absolutely possible for her to bake brownies as long as she can install an oven into her home.


Here is the recipe for homemade brownies that we baked:


  • 1 cup of butter
  • 4 squares unsweetened chocolate (or 1 1/2 cup cocoa and 1/2  cup butter)
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts

Step One: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 177 degrees Celsius.

Step Two: Melt butter and chocolate and mix them.

Step Three: Stir in sugar.

Step Four: Add eggs and vanilla.

Step Five: Stir lightly.

Step Six: Stir in flour and nuts.

Step Seven: Spread batter in a deep pan.

Step Eight: Bake 30 minutes.

A credit should be given to my dear friend, MJ, who provided me with the recipe.



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