Monday, May 12, 2008

Dangerous Brownies

When I became vegan, like the rest of you, I thought that some of my favorite childhood recipes would be completely out of the question. This was especially true regarding the “Killer Brownie” recipe my step mom, Delia, is famous for. If I recall, her brownie recipe was simply sugar, flour, eggs, butter and some sort of extract such as vanilla, almond or orange. Somehow, these few ingredients (and tons of them) baked into magical bite-sized squares that could be devoured in a day or two. They were dangerous but amazing. I never thought any vegan brownie recipe could match up to Delia’s Killer Brownies until I made Hannah Kaminsky’s Crumb-Topped Brownies out of My Sweet Vegan.
Due to some personal preferences, I did make a couple changes to Hannah's recipe. I am not a huge fan of cherries, so instead of using black cherry soy yogurt, I used raspberry soy yogurt. Raspberries and chocolate are one of my favorite combos, so this was a good move for my taste buds. I also left out the instant coffee powder because coffee isn't too kind on my body. I do love coffee and I know what it does in chocolate dessert recipes, so I can only imagine how awesome the hint of coffee would have been. Along with the vanilla extract, I added a touch of almond extract. The crumb topping and the chocolate chips were a nice touch and made me feel like I was eating a gourmet brownie you’d get at a fancy pants bakery, but honestly, I could’ve skipped the topping and left out the chocolate chips and they still would have been ranked one of the best brownies out there. While Hannah’s recipe does have quite a few more ingredients than my step mom’s recipe and created a sink full of mixing bowls, spoons and measuring cups, they are just as rich, fudgy, decadent and deadly as the Killer Brownies I grew up on.
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27 comments:

Glue&Glitter said...

Dang, that looks delicious!!

romina said...

Mmmm.. proving once again that vegans are far from deprived!

VeggieGirl said...

Yes, Hannah's brownie recipe is BEYOND amazing and delicious - definitely "killer," in a good way! :0)

federal vegan (kate) said...

That sounds (and looks) waayyy too good - I'm afraid to buy My Sweet Vegan, cause then I'll make this and eat all of them. :)

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

I haven't tried those yet, but I have drooled over the picture in the book many times. Yours look great, and I'm glad you give them thumbs up!

Happy Herbivore! said...

now i am buying that book. DAAAAMN

Theresa said...

Holy wow, that brownie looks good!

aTxVegn said...

Yep, that looks killer! I haven't made these yet, but I'll probably keep the coffee and use vanilla or plain yogurt. Mmmmmmmm.

vegan addict said...

i agree with everybody. those look very yummy indeed!

jRoq said...

Yeah, these are too good. I'm not sharing!

Vegan Invasion! (Ashley Nicole) said...

DAAYUMM!! Those look so amazing and FUDGY!! I love fudgy brownies, mmm.

That plate is super cute, btw!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Now I'm drooling and have to go to the kitchen to find something chocolaty to eat!

Calimaryn said...

Oh that looks soo good!

Jennifer said...

Seriously, these look amazing. I want one right now! I may end up having to break down and buy My Sweet Vegan. If Brett saw this post he would probably be headed to the bookstore right now to find it. :-)

Hannah said...

That's some high praise, considering how many variations there are out there- I'm honored that you might consider my brownie recipe as one of the best!

Animal-Friendly said...

Those looks fabulous! A good brownie recipe is always a keeper!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I was the same way when I first became a vegan! I was like, “Well, I guess I’ll never get to have a brownie again.” Looking back on it now, I can hardly believe I was able to take the plunge into veganism considering I thought I’d never be able to eat such amazing foods again as brownies, cake, etc. But I’m sure glad I was wrong!!!

Melody Polakow said...

Wow.. those look AMAZING!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Those crumb-topped brownies definitely look killer. I could go for one right about now....

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, I still need to make these!

Maxcactus said...

I wonder what the UPS charges would be on a recipe worth of these babies?

Rural Vegan said...

I can almost taste that brownie it looks so good!

Jes said...

Those look amazing!!

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

That looks awesome!

bazu said...

OOOH, those do look perfect! I love extremely fudge-y brownies... have to try that recipe!

Anonymous said...

I'd actually really like to try these.

-t

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