Since I follow so many awesome blogs, it only makes sense to try out some of the mouth-watering recipes I see. If it was up to me, I would be in the kitchen all day and try out every recipe I see…lol.
I am constantly bookmarking and printing recipes I want to try and digging into that pile every chance I get…hehe. This recipe for vegan chocolate brownies is from Wendy’s blog. I have been following her blog since January and I wait eagerly for her postings which by the way are not only focused on food but so much more! She has this sweet personality and incredible, balanced approach to life which “oozes” through each of her postings and I love that!
First off, let me be honest: I am not vegan. I have never had vegan brownies. As a matter of fact, I have never had brownies without eggs or milk! So, you can imagine my curiosity when I saw this recipe.
These brownies were different from my regular brownies. Their texture was a blend between a moist chocolate cake and fudgy brownies. I LIKED this change and would make these brownies again. The only thing I would change next time is add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder or even 1/4 cup of cocoa powder instead of 3/4 cups. These brownies had a dark chocolate taste to them and I am not too fond of dark chocolate. Otherwise, great brownies and fairly healthy too!
To make these brownies, you will need the following ingredients:
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla
Here are the steps:
In a deep bowl, add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Mix with a big spoon.
Add water, apple sauce and vanilla.
Mix until well blended.
Pour this batter into a greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
NOTE: I know my pan looks nasty. Trust me.. it’s clean but has gotten old and has these permanent stains I can’t get rid of…lol. If anyone has great tips for cleaning them, please share!
NOTE: Wendy baked these brownies for 25 minutes. I baked them for a little longer.
Obviously, I couldn’t leave these brownies “naked” and had to decorate them! hehe
Here is what I did:
Melt some chocolate and pour into a squeeze bottle. Then, squeeze it out on a white plate in a random pattern.
Squeeze out a “blob” of chocolate in the center.
Place your chocolate basket on top of this “blob” and hold it until it sticks.
If this basket looks familiar, then you are very smart to have recognized it! I made these for an Easter cake nest a few weeks ago. Basically, I used the same “nest” technique to make this chocolate basket. Check out the tutorial here.
Use a circle cookie cutter (largest one from the Wilton circle set) and cut out circular brownies.
Place each brownie in the chocolate basket.
Top it off with a swirl of white buttercream icing and a whopper. I also crushed some whoppers and added them in the chocolate bowl around the brownie to fill up the space.
And you are done! Hope you guys try these out. Thanks for a great recipe Wendy
I would also like to mention that I won’t be doing a post next week since I am going to Canada… Woohoo! I can’t wait to meet my family and friends!
Don’t worry… I won’t forget about you lovely folks and will catch up with you when I return! Until then, take care!