Ever since I arrived in Germany, I have been very curious about products marketed as “American.” For instance, I’ve seen American dressing (I think it’s thousand island?), American peanut butter, American cookies, and American brownies. So I wondered, what is the German take on American foods?
To answer this question, I had to put on my apron.
Just like American boxed brownies, the preparation of these snacks was simple. All that was necessary was an egg, some water, and a little melted butter.
Much to my amusement, it also came with its own foldable brownie pan!
Anyway, I mixed the batter, poured it in the pan, topped it with the chocolate shavings included in the package, put it in the oven and waited for chocolaty goodness.
The honest-to-God truth is that these brownies didn’t last long enough for me to even snap a picture of the finished product. And why is that? Craig and I each took one bite and threw them in the trash! They were awful! Dry and cakey and barely edible. In my opinion, these tasted nothing like American brownies.
But there is good news – since this baking disaster I have stumbled upon a much more delicious version of American brownies that you can make at home! People make such a big deal about making things “from scratch,” but it really isn’t that much harder than the boxed recipes.
If you want to try REAL American brownies, make this recipe from Money Saving Mom. I made them this week and didn’t get any pictures for the right reason – they were absolutely delicious!
For my German readers, stock up on your cocoa (Cacao), baking soda (Kaiser-Natron), and liquid vanilla extract (or make your own) during the holiday season. For my American readers, remember how fortunate you are to have all of these ingredients available to you year-round.
And on a side note, the American Cookies mentioned above are they real deal. The taste just like the popular brand Chips Ahoy and we buy a new package of them just about every week! (Don’t judge.)
Do you have your own favorite dessert recipe that reminds you of home? Share below!