Recipe 37: Brownies

I love brownies, both the cake-ish kind and the more dense, fudgy one. I made batches of both sorts in the past week to experiment a bit, and decided to share a recipe that is kind of in the middle. I made four small brownies in a cupcake pan, and they turned out perfectly! I recommend you really give these a try some day, because they taste amazing.
What do you need?
  • Oil, any neutral kind - a few drops
  • Flax seed, broken - 1 tbsp
  • Water - 2 tbsp
  • Chocolate, extra dark - 1/3 cup
  • Vegan butter - 1/4 cup
  • All-purpose flour, unbleached - 1/2 cup
  • Almond flour - 1 cup
  • Cacao powder, either raw or processed - 1/2 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Baking soda - 1/8 tsp
  • Sugar - 3/4 cup (I haven't tried using a healthier sweetener for this recipe yet)
  • Milk, non-dairy - 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp

How to make it?
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C. Also grease four of the cupcake sections of a cupcake pan with some oil.
  2. Mix flax seed with water and set aside. In the meanwhile, melt the chocolate and vegan butter together au bain marie, or in a microwave, in a rather large heat-proof bowl. Make sure you do not burn the chocolate.
  3. To a large bowl, add the all-purpose flour, almond flour, cacao powder, salt, and baking soda.
  4. When the chocolate is melted, add the sugar, milk, and vanilla, and stir well.
  5. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, until just combined. Divide between the four greased cupcake sections of the pan.
  6. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. A toothpick does not really have to come out clean, but make sure the inside of the brownies is not too liquid, or they will not be that nice. 
I know the pictures remind of Christmas, but they really were taken this April. A couple of days ago I was discussing Christmas with some of my friends, and most of them know I just adore it. A friend that I got to know more recently did not get why I wanted to go on exchange in the north of the US just so I could have cold winter with Christmas, but another friend simply explained by saying: "oh, you need to understand something... You do not know Debs. Debs IS Christmas". So here you go! A little bit of Christmas from the Christmas girl in the middle of April. I hope you will enjoy this if you happen to be making it! Brownies are good all year long, not just in the holiday season. I mean, come on, they have chocolate. Now go and make yourself some!


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