I love brownies. The little (big) squares of rich, buttery, gooey and eye closingly good stuff that brings smiles and satisfied groans to absolutely everyone. I could eat brownies all day, every day. The standard ones, slutty ones, healthy ones – and most recently, vegan ones. How on earth can you make a brownie without butter and eggs?
I wasn’t sure either, the whole thing made me nervous and confused until the day I was strolling through Camden Market and took one of the most memorable, dreamy bites of my life – out of a brownie from the vegan stand.
From this day, my new mission was set. I was going to take on the challenge. Not because I am vegan (far from it), but trying anything new and inventive out in the kitchen gets me giddy. So here goes.
What ya need:
3/4 cup of flour (I used wheat & gluten free)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 of a 12 ounce pack of tofu – drained, obviously.
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 cup of brown sugar
A couple of teaspoons of vanilla extract
We also added dried cherries!
With the measurements, we did it all in mugs as I didn’t have measuring cups. We also doubled the quantities, you can’t be half hearted when it comes to brownies.
First of all, preheat your oven to 175 degrees C/350 F. Get a bowl and pop in your dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt) and mix it all up with a spoon.
Drain your tofu, cube it in to your blender and whiz it up until it’s all combined – it smells vile, but don’t that put you off, it is the magic ingredient! Add in your oil and sugar, blend till it is all married together.
Pour into your flour/cocoa mixture and fold until you have a gooey looking stodge. add in any extra bits and bobs. It may look a little dry, don’t worry – that will change in the oven! We found this only filled half the tray, so we made another batch.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes. If you want it gooey, take em’ out at 25.
As hypocritical as it seems, it is a sin to have brownies without a frosty glass of milk.
They had a beautiful soft, gooey texture with a crunch on the outside, full of rich flavour and most definitely satisfied my chocolate needs. Who would have thought!
Try em out! (don’t forget to send me a couple)