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    salt in brownies

    I'm not looking to make brownies but for reasons that are too long to even begin to go into, I have an interest in the salt content of commercially available 'just add egg' type cake mixes.

    I have a packet (chocolate fudge brownie) in front of me that lists the salt content above dried egg white in the ingredients and if my calculations are correct that means the salt content is above 2%. That just seems like an awful lot of salt.

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    Re: salt in brownies

    /If it's really over 2% that would be a lot indeed. Recipes for brownies usually mention 1/4 (US) teaspoon of salt for 16 brownies, which works out to a lot less than 2%.
    On the other hand, health authorities here in The Netherlands frequently issue warnings that the salt content of many processed food items is much too high, so who knows...

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    Re: salt in brownies

    Sorry, I should have been more explicit. My estimate of 2% refers to the dry powder in the packet. By the time you've added your own egg and a bit of oil and the water then the final percentage of salt in the baked product will be much lower.

    It was more the absolute quantiy of salt present that surprised me. A 225g packet of powder to make about 15 x 2inch square brownies could contain as much as 4.5g of salt, my maths must be wrong.

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    Re: salt in brownies

    Is it 2% by weight or 2% by volume? That would make a big difference

    However, I have been making my own bread recently and was rather shocked when it said add 2 teaspoons of salt...The addition of salt to bread makes the crust , erm, crusty. Removal of the salt makes a soft crust. I doubt that this is anything to do with brownies but more for preserving.
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    Re: salt in brownies

    2% by weight of the dry powder in the packet.

    Isn't the essence of a good brownie a bit of a crust and all the yummy soft sponginess underneath? If salt makes bread crusty then why not a brownie?

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    Re: salt in brownies

    It might mean there is an awful lot of sugar in the product. You need to have a certain balance for good taste. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: salt in brownies

    You only need a pinch to cut the over-sweetness, not a teaspoon or two. This is why I bake everything from scratch - the ingredients in brownie mix out here on the prairie scare me.
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