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  • 22nd Mar, 2005 at 9:44 AM

My good friend Jeff is a vegan, and every time I have an event that needs truly vegan recipes, I ask him for help. So this weekend, where there was the chance that somone vegan might show up, I hopped onto IRC and made him transcribe the brownie recipe stuck to his fridge.

It's a very nice recipe to look at. Not just because it's quite tasty, but also because the scribing and the paper is very good too. I think it was a gift, and it's a very pretty thing. Anyway, the recipe is a variation on Rachel's Amazing Brownies a.k.a. "no way these are vegan".

I've fiddled with the ingredients, as all cooks are wont to do, but they work out marvellously. Chocolately, moist, and fluffy. At least, that's what I heard from the people who were busy devouring them.

Addendum: I recently made these brownies, but with a different type of firm tofu. Unfortunately, they did not set properly at all and came out undone in the middle and overdone on the edges. So you will have to experiment, I think, to get the right outcome.


Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup firm tofu
  • 1¼ cup soy milk
  • 3 tablespoons fruit jam
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1½ cups dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 150g chocolate chunks

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. In a blender, purée the tofu and soy milk until smooth. Try to get the freshest tofu you can, so it doesn't smell funny. Also, try to get soy milk that actually resembles milk for this recipe, I find that So Nice worked really well.
  3. Add the jam, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and brown sugar to the blender and mix. I chose raspberry jam, which works really well with chocolate. As for the vegetable oil, get something flavourless like canola or corn oil.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooca, flour, baking powder and salt with a whisk. I'd like to emphasise that you should get real chocolate here, 100% unsweetened dutch-process cocoa powder is called for. Trust me.
  5. In a third bowl, mix the wet ingredients with the chocolate chunks. Just take a bar of chocolate and roughly chop it with a knife. Mmmm... Valrhona. You can cheat here a bit and use a lesser chocolate.
  6. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients with the wet. It should come to a fairly stiff dough that can still be worked with a spatula. If there are still dry spots, add a little more soy milk.
  7. Grease and flour a 20cm × 20cm baking tin. Scrape the brownie mix into the pan and spread it to the edges. Bake for 30 minutes in the middle rack until it is no longer gooey. You can test for doneness by sticking a toothpick into the thickest part and checking that it comes out mostly clean. The brownies will cook a little longer as they cool on a cooling rack, although I just served mine hot out of the oven.

Makes about 25 brownies.

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hub_
22nd Mar, 2005 15:25 (UTC)
1¼ cup soy milk

yuk !

I don't understand the "vegan" thing. It is just bad because you need this.
blacksquiggles
22nd Mar, 2005 15:32 (UTC)
What don't you understand? What are vegans lacking? b1? it's in simulated meat products.
It just takes more effort. I can guarantee there isn't a single person I know who's following canada's food guide..but we *need* to right? :)

blacksquiggles
22nd Mar, 2005 15:33 (UTC)
b12.
hub_
22nd Mar, 2005 15:37 (UTC)
I don't shit about canada food guide. But the thing I know is that you animal proteins. And these you can not get them with vegan-only product....
blacksquiggles
22nd Mar, 2005 15:51 (UTC)
need why?

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elliptic_curve
23rd Mar, 2005 02:52 (UTC)
I think all of France doesn't really get the whole vegetarian thing.

I remember trying to find vegetarian food there, finally ordering a salad, only to find that it came with _ham_ on top of it.

Ham! Since when is ham a vegetable?
nobodyhere
22nd Mar, 2005 15:42 (UTC)
I've never liked fluffy brownies. Call them cake and I'm fine with them, but if someone offers me a brownie I expect to bite into something chewy. As to vegan brownies, I like this recipe http://theppk.com/recipes/dbrecipes/index.php?RecipeID=161. They're not quite as chewy as not-vegan brownies, but they're the closest I've found. The blondies from the same site are even better http://theppk.com/recipes/dbrecipes/index.php?RecipeID=52.
sfllaw
22nd Mar, 2005 15:47 (UTC)
Fine. They are very dense cakes cut into little squares.

They are still good.

I'm sorry that I missed you this weekend though. I made Tim promise that the next party I attend will have you there.
nobodyhere
22nd Mar, 2005 15:49 (UTC)
Hopefully I'll get to try your cake squares tonight, but I'm not too hopeful there are any left :) Tim tells me the next party is in July, and I'll plan on being there.
sfllaw
22nd Mar, 2005 15:51 (UTC)
All gone. Sorry.

With luck, there might still be some of my meat toretilli or vegan chili in their fridge.
cloquewerk
22nd Mar, 2005 19:35 (UTC)
I have a pretty decent recipe for vegan brownies that uses vinegar and baking soda as the rising agent. We should compare brownies sometime... I also occasionally add other special ingredients. :)
musicdieu
22nd Mar, 2005 19:38 (UTC)
Like crack cocaine if you're hitting on the recipient?
sfllaw
22nd Mar, 2005 19:40 (UTC)
I was being considerate to the (rather small) straight-edge crowd that was in attendance.
cloquewerk
22nd Mar, 2005 20:06 (UTC)
Heh, my brownies are quite good without any magic ingredients as well.

Crazy sXers...
ringzero
22nd Mar, 2005 23:21 (UTC)
If you really want to make sure your brownies aren't vegan, try adding bacon!

Everything goes well with bacon.
morethanreal
23rd Mar, 2005 00:05 (UTC)
Valrhona
Where did you get Valrhona chocolate? They have it at Vincenzo's now?
sfllaw
23rd Mar, 2005 00:06 (UTC)
Re: Valrhona
Yes. Vincenzo's has it in 1kg bricks.
elliptic_curve
23rd Mar, 2005 02:50 (UTC)
Re: Valrhona
Do they ever! I remember my first purchase of said brick, biking to calculus class with a huge brick of Valrhona in my bike bag.
sfllaw
23rd Mar, 2005 04:07 (UTC)
Re: Valrhona
I hope you're enjoying the rest of it.

Foolish me. I should have bought some to drag to Montréal with me. I guess now I'll have to either find some of it here, or go back to Waterloo and buy 5kg to bring back.
(Anonymous)
23rd Mar, 2005 05:33 (UTC)
Brownies!
The recipe was a birthday gift from a friend. He brought it over, along with a plate of brownies. Mmmm... -Angie :)
jbailey
26th Mar, 2005 08:06 (UTC)
Re: Brownies!
Hey Angie, your non chocolate brownies are the best. ;)
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