Imagine wishing for a warm, delightful brownie during the rare pops of winter weather in the heart of the South. Now imagine not wanting to go through the ordeal of collecting a ton of ingredients from your pantry and measuring out each tiny teaspoon needed.
That’s what Scratch&Grain Baking’s Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownie Kit is perfect for! To be honest, I didn’t expect much because I tried previous products and I wasn’t too fond of the results.
This particular one actually surpassed my expectations!
The box makes the steps seem all too simple and the ingredients list boasts of completely recognizable items, which in my opinion, is the best part! Seeing as my family is primarily gluten free and dairy free, the allergen label does state that it contains soy and the possibility of milk. So just a heads up to all those allergen free homes! Also, the box offers suggestions for those who follow vegetarian and vegan diets. Score! I love a versatile product!
The box informs you that the items you will have to supply for this are rather simple. I found this to be wonderfully simple to follow, it was mostly things that I already had on hand.
– 2 Large Eggs
– 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (I made it with Smart Balance Dairy Free butter!)
– 8 oz. Cream Cheese Softened (I used Daiya Cream Cheese style spread!)
– 1 Egg Yolk
– 2 Bowls (on the larger side!) and a stirring utensil
– 9×9 baking pan
When the box is opened, the items inside are wondrously labeled and color coded. Comparing the ingredients to the instructions, one could easily tell which item went with each step. Each small bag had a color coded number that corresponded with the instructions on the box. I thought that would be excellent for families who wanted to create these brownies with small children! The packaging is also very easy to tear open, making it all the better for tiny fingers!
The little packets made the process so much faster! I didn’t have to really measure much (only the butter needed measuring! The cream cheese came in a 8 oz. container!) so the ease factor was out of this world!
The instructions state that the beginning mixture will lighten in color. The only disappointment with this product was that the color change was very small. The smallness of the change made determining if the batter was ready for the next steps a bit hard. The mixture did become a bit fluffier, which is what I used to figure out if it was time to move on. This particular stage combined rather smoothly and didn’t produce a lot of lumps.
The rest of the ingredients that are brownie related combine easily as well. The batter can be a little hard to fold together, but if you keep working the batter it comes together quite nicely. The consistency is not too thick to stir, but sticks nicely to the spatula.
The mixture pours effortlessly and with little mess. The batter was so smooth I was tempted to leave out the cheesecake portion entirely!
The cheesecake portion is very easy to add, especially with the pre-packaged ingredients. Simply placing dollops of the mixture on the top of the brownie portion makes the marbling of the dessert a fun addition. Children should be able to spread the dollops over the top with no sweat! The swirling also gives the appearance of a professional touch!
The amount of time it takes to cook is about average for a dessert this size. The consistency is pretty firm on the edges and outside, but as soon as the brownies are cut you’ll be in heaven! The texture of the brownies are so moist and chewy!
The outside edges came out to have a very crisp, crunchy texture and the inside portion possessed a soft, chewy center. The edges didn’t burn despite the amount of time the brownies require for baking and the center cooked through quickly. The amount of time required was pretty average for a boxed dessert. The chocolate nibs that were added into the batter did not fully melt, which allowed for a burst of chocolate that brought a smile to our faces. The flavor of the brownies were rather rich and reached chocolatey depths, I definitely think one brownie at a time is plenty! All in all, I definitely would recommend this product if you’re looking for something to do with your little ones, or just a small taste of something sweetly satisfying! I would buy this again in a heartbeat and I actually can’t wait to!