Alex (_andie_) wrote in vegancooking,

chocolate fudge brownies

My first post here... i LOVE this community! I've recently made the final commitment to veganism after being a vegetarian for many years, and being really inspired by all the recipes here to do some creative cooking :).

So yesterday i set out to make vegan brownies, and amazingly they worked first time. The measurements aren't exact since i am a very haphazard cook and i just made it up as i went along. The consitency is very very fudgy and gooey, which i how i like brownies, but i think could easily be made more cake-y. Anyway here goes:

-half a cup vegan margarine
-half a cup sugar
-half a cup flour
-large bar of vegan chocolate
-tin of prunes in fruit juice
-extras like chopped nuts or vegan choc chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Carefully melt the marg and chocolate in a saucepan over a very low heat (or microwave them). Empty all the prunes and juice into the blender and blitz into a puree. Add to the pan, mixing well. Now add the sugar, mixing well... i'm not sure quite how much sugar i added as it was already quite sweet from the prunes and i like bitter chocolate, so i just added it to taste.

The mixture will be very liquid-y at this point. Sift the flour into it, a bit at a time, until it looks the right consistency. For a more cake-y brownie you could try adding a tiny bit of baking powder and slightly more flour... for my fudge-y ones i used very little flour and no baking powder. Finally, stir in the choc chips and nuts if you're using them.

Grease a tin and pour in the mixture (again, not sure how big a tin i used, but when all the mixture was poured in it was about and inch and a half deep). Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes, or until the edges start to come away from the sides of the tin and an inserted toothpick makes a fairly clean hole.

When i took it out of the oven i immediately placed the tin in a bowl of ice water, a trick which helps the consistency of the brownie be crisp on the outside, gooey in the middle. Allow to cool and then enjoy! I'd be interested to know if this recipe works out for other people as it did for me, since i don't really know what the best quantities of ingredients would be.
Tags: desserts-brownies
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