Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bettyanne Brownies (Frugal Food Thursday)

prune brownies

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This week, I'm featuring my Bettyanne Brownies!

Last week, I posted a review and giveaway for a Bella Viva dried fruit and nut assortment. In order to do this review, I received the same assortment - a total of 9 pounds of fruits and nuts. Some of them have been eaten out of hand, but I still have quite a lot. And the kids just aren't all that excited about eating dried fruit.

So I decided to try sneaking some of the fruit into brownies. I picked the Bettyanne plums, as I felt the taste and texture would complement the chocolate the best.  But aren't prunes dried plums?  These aren't pruny-tasting at all.  I guess prunes are made from a different variety of plums than these plums are. But if you can't find dried plums, prunes would be fine.

I rehydrated a few of the plums, then chopped them in my food processor and added them to the brownie batter.  I use the Toll House recipe for brownies, as it uses cocoa, which is much less expensive than using baking chocolate or other chocolate sources.

And how did it come out? Two of my kids really like them. The other noticed the taste was a little different and now doesn't want to eat them. Oh, well, two out of three ain't bad, right?


6 Bettyanne or other dried plums (or prunes)
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 tbsp water
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place dried plums in a bowl of warm water for about 15 minutes; drain.  Place rehydrated plums in a food processor with the chopping blade and process for 30 seconds.

In a large bowl, mix sugar, butter, water, eggs, and vanilla.  In a seperate bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just moistened.  Mix in the dried plums.

Spoon mixture into a greased 9x13 rectangular pan.  Bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 24 brownies.

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mjskit May 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM  

I would definitely eat these brownies! Thanks for hosting and hope you and your family have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Debi at Life Currents May 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM  

Prune brownies sound so good! I love the deep sweetness of prunes. I think too often people overlook them because of their "helpful" reputation. Thanks for hosting! I posted a baked egg recipe, and eggs can be super frugal. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Aunt B May 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM  

Thank you for hosting. I see some tasty recipes here already. :)

I've linked my Lentil Soup with Italian Sausage. This hearty soup makes a filling meal and it's quick to put together too; perfect for a weeknight supper. Enjoy.

The Cyclist's Wife May 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM  

Thanks for hosting! If you’re like me you do things in a hurry. Today I’m sharing my recipe for Bean Salad…in a hurry! An ever-adaptable side dish or appetizer. Enjoy!

Stacy Makes Cents May 29, 2012 at 9:15 AM  

Wow! Those look great! I love anything with prunes/plums in it! Thanks for sharing.
Visiting from Hearth and Soul Blog Hop. :-)

Kaylee May 29, 2012 at 1:54 PM  

What a great idea!

Thanks for hosting and for linking up at Mealtime Monday!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife May 31, 2012 at 10:32 PM  

Nine pounds of fruit and nuts really is a lot, but I think using them in brownies is an inspired idea! Your Bettyanne Brownies sound delicious!

Run DMT June 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM  

I have never hear of bettyanne brownies but they sound delicious. Thanks for linking up and sharing. I'm sorry it's taking this long to stop by and say yum. ;-)

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