I don’t know how many people Paul McCartney has planned to marry/married in his life but of the 4 I’m aware of Jane Asher has to be my favourite. She’s a great actress and does a splendid line in cakes, check out her website if you don’t believe me. I’m particularly fond of the copyright sensitive “Miffed Birds” cake. I reckon next in line would be Linda McCartney, she always looks good in a photo stood next to a horse, but then the rampant vegetarianism is a turn off. Next up would be the lady he married a couple of months ago. I can’t remember her name and know nothing about her, but I do know that she must be better than Heather Mills who seems to go out of her way to be one of the most unlikeable people on the planet. I’m sure she has redeemable features, she just does an excellent job of keeping them hidden.
Anyway back to Jane Asher and her packet mix. My last experience of packet cake mix came from another star of the baking world, Mary Berry, you can read that blog here. It didn’t end well, but I kept everything crossed for Jane Asher to win through. On the face of it there wasn’t much that could go wrong, it was called “Rolo Chocolate Brownie Mix” what an inspired thing – brownies with Rolos mixed in!
As should be the way with a packet mix this was a very simple thing to make. It was a matter of pouring the powder mix into a bowl, mixing with an egg and some oil, baking and then sticking some Rolos in the top to ooze and melt. Precision is the key with baking and Jane didn’t shirk from her responsibility, she was clear that a 9inch x 9inch cake tin was needed, luckily I had one and after a swift mix in it went. I was a bit unsure that Jane had got it right, the mix only just covered the tin with a thin layer, it was becoming clear these were not going to be deep stodgy brownies.
After about 25 mins in the oven out they came and I pushed some mini Rolos into the still warm dough. I boiled the kettle, made the tea and took a slice of brownie. It was dry. It was crunchy and overly sweet from too much sugar. It was really thin. It had a half melted Rolo in it that was really good. This was not a brownie I would ever want to eat a again. The best thing about brownies is the moist, rich, gooey inside, none of these elements were present, I imagine this is due to a lack of butter and anything resembling cocoa solid. The only redeeming feature here is a half melted Rolo.
There are 2 morals to this story: 1 – don’t use cake packet mix it is horrid. 2 – just because a person is your favourite Paul McCartney fiance, it doesn’t mean they can make brownies.
Jane Asher Rolo Chocolate Brownie Mix £1.79 460g from ASDA