Recently, I made brownies and did not have chocolate in the house to melt down. So, I made them with only cocoa powder. It was an epic fail.
Lesson learned, do not take short cuts with brownies.
Feeling extremely unsatisfied with that batch of bad brownies, my craving for them was unfulfilled.
Seeking redemption, I decided that this effort had to be proportionately as good as the last batch was bad… meaning, these brownies had to rock.
I had about a cup of dulce de leche left over from this and aside from eating it straight from the container with the biggest spoon I could find (a thought which I seriously entertained), I decided that I should be a bit more creative.
Needing to expunge the memory of these humdrum brownies, it was clear that this was what my leftovers were intended for.
Making brownies from scratch takes about 5 minutes longer than making them from a box. The only extra step is melting chocolate into butter, the rest of the process is the same.
To say that brownies from scratch are the same as boxed mix is like saying cheese in a can is the same as an aged cheddar.