If there’s one thing in the world I love it’s a good Brownie, and I have done them from scratch, using a terrific recipe, for years. For many months now, though, I have been committed to watching calories, both for myself and and those I cook for. The problem is, when I try to lower the fat content, they come out dry and tough, and as hard as I’ve tried otherwise, this is one of those times where a little cheating really makes a better overall product.
But I better backtrack a minute (this is important!) — my ruling standard isn’t just making something edible, or even good. When I have a finished product, my taste test must give me a definitive answer to the question, “Would I serve this to a customer in my restaurant?” And not just any restaurant but the imaginary ideal one in my mind, where all my favorite and most memorable customers from over the years, in many places I’ve worked, are my clientele! (NOTE: There will be a separate post in the not-too-distant future which will expand on what kind of place this is and how I conceived it.) So anyway, this is more than just “Would I happily eat it?” but really, “Can I be super-proud to SERVE it?”In my restaurant!!! Yes is the answer. And for those of you who scoff at the “cheat”, “Try it, you’ll like it!”
Recently, I started experimenting with pre-packaged brownie mixes, wherein I could replace the 1/3 to 1/2 cup of oil with unsweetened apple sauce, one egg and a couple tablespoons of water, and under-bake it just a little, and out comes NEARLY the best batch of brownies, you ever tasted! But still not perfect, and I wanted perfection, so . . . I added a little vanilla, and a 1/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (yeah, that’s adding fat, but largely good fats instead of bad), and made a light frosting, topped it with Breyer’s Free Ice Cream and Cool Whip Free, and used a little left-over frosting warmed in the microwave as a sauce and this gorgeous creation is what came out. Weighing in at about 400 calories! Not bad for a dessert this good!!!

Double Dark Chocolate Brownies:
So that was fun and now how about some Brownies to celebrate the dream!

Preheat oven to 350ºF
Mix well:
I box dark chocolate Brownie mix ( Use Dark Chocolate Ghiradelli)
1 egg
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, stir in.
Scrape batter into a foil lined greased 8×8″ inch pan The foil will make it easier to get on to a plate, once it’s cool.
Bake for  40-45 minutes.
Remove and let cool.
Chocolate Frosting:
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (If you want Fat Free use 4 oz. Cocoa and more sugar)
1/4 cup fat free evaporated milk
Put in microwave to melt 30 seconds at a time, until chocolate is meted and stir until combined,
add, 2 TBLS Unsalted butter and allow to melt while stiring
Sift 1/2 cup confectioners sugar adding a little bit at a time until right consistency. Like Frosting, if it’s to thick, add a little milk, to thin, add more sugar.
Top w/ Breyers FreeVanilla Caramel or Ice Cream of choice, chocolate sauce, and Cool Whip Free or Whipped cream.
Serve, and as always, Enjoy!
© Jennifer Green Alger 2010