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Monday, January 27, 2014

"Magic" Brownies ...inspired by The Breakfast Club {food 'n flix}

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Sometimes it's good to go outside of the box. Take for example this month's Food 'n Flix pick. Our host, Debra, chose one of my all-time favorite movies, The Breakfast Club. Yes, it has the name of a meal in the title, but the movie itself is not really a foodie-movie. We don't let that stop us. No, not the royal we, the food 'n flix gang we.

I don't even know where to begin on this one. First of all, I don't think that there's a single person out there who has not seen The Breakfast Club. Right? Please don't answer if you're going to say no. Just go watch it and come back; we'll pretend like the "never seen it" part didn't happen. Of course, I'm an eighties child. Maybe it's just a prerequisite of my generation. And being a parent, I have now also seen the 30-minute "re-do" in the form of Victorious. I'll admit, it was cute. I love the kid's shows that are made as much for the parents as they are for the kids.

But anyway. I contemplated making a good breakfast for them to eat in detention. Or perhaps some sushi for Claire. I even toyed with the idea of using Pixie Stix and/or Cap'n Crunch in honor of Allison's lunch. Maybe a hearty meal fit for Andrew, the high school athlete. I'm thinking Brian may have happy with a typical 80's brown bag lunch of a sandwich, Doritos, a piece of fruit, and a juice box. And Bender...well...I could have thrown a Coke and cigarettes in front of him and I'm guessing he'd be totally okay with it.

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But instead, I took inspiration from one of my favorite scenes. Just because it's goofy, and I can't resist a good pot party. No, I didn't actually put any wacky tobacky into my "magic" brownies. But I'm guessing that after their little smoke session, they would have happily devoured the entire pan of these magical marshmallow-infused brownies. Even though {gasp} I made them with a boxed mix.

Hey, I was going with something that the kids could have easily whipped up themselves. And I'm not gonna lie; I love brownies in any form. I grew up with a boxed mix, and I don't have anything against using one. I've made plenty of brownies from scratch, but I almost always have a box of brownie mix in the pantry for an emergency munchies session.
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Reasons why these brownies are magic:
  • The "smoking scene" totally infers "magic". It also induces munchies. Magic.
  • These brownies may be made from a boxed mix, but if you didn't know it, you wouldn't guess it. Magic.
  • It's magical that these can be made in a matter of minutes.
  • Okay, really the only thing that I added to the box mix and "normal" ingredients is marshmallows. The ones on the inside melt and turn gooey and delicious. The ones that stay on the top form a thin crust. And then there's a few that hang out just above the center and just below the crust. Magic.

"Magic" Brownies
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"Magic" Brownies |
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 52-55 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert bars American

Ingredients (serves 9 generously)
  • 1 (18.3 ounce) box Betty Crocker Fudge Brownies mix
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 heaping cup miniature marshmallows

Preheat oven to 325° F. Line an 8"x8" baking pan with parchment paper.

Stir together the brownie mix, oil, water, and eggs in a medium-sized bowl until well combined and no dry mix remains. Fold in the marshmallows.

Scoop into prepared pan. Slide into preheated oven and bake for ~52-55 minutes, until set, but not overdone.

I am not sponsored by Betty Crocker, nor have I received any product or payment from them. This mix is my personal preference and the only one that I can guarantee will turn out exactly like these if you make them as directed. Feel free to substitute your favorite, but it may taste/look differently if you do.

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Food‘nFlixThis month's edition of Food 'n Flix is hosted by Debra at Eliot's Eats, with her pick, The Breakfast Club. Today is the due date (yes, sliding in last minute, as usual), but we'd love to have you join us if you're quick!

Or hop in next month when Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla will be hosting with her pick, Babette's Feast.

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. I was NOT compensated by, nor do I have any affiliation with, Betty Crocker.