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Friday, November 21, 2008

decadent brownies with chocolate glaze

Lepkugen's Brownies:
1 cup maple syrup (or other natural sweetener, agave, honey, etc.)
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (peel and chop apples, cook on low until soft, then mash)
2 to 4 TB flax seeds (optional)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 1/3 cup oat flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of sea salt
Rice milk (can use soy or other milk)

Mix all the ingredients together except the rice milk. Add the rice milk until it is the consistency that you like. I use about 3/4 cup. You can also add in grain sweetened chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
Cook at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Check before removing from oven. It tends to cook slowly in the middle so I recommend using a square or round pan, greased with a little coconut or olive oil.

Lepkugen's Decadent Chocolate Glaze:
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped (use chips or roughly chop up a bar) (This is acompletely unsweetened, bitter chocolate)
In a sauce pan combine:
1/2 cup rice milk
1/3 cup maple syrup, agave, honey or other sweetener
Cook until comes to a light boil then pour over the chopped chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the glaze looks like a heavy chocolate sauce.

Glaze the brownies and enjoy!

How this recipe came to be:
Who would have believed that non-dairy, non-cane-sugar brownies would make me crave them? I have to admit the first attempt left me a little sad. The second batch, much altered and more educated, was a success with a little room for improvement: the center was a bit gooier than the outer edge. I am sure round three will be a supreme winner!
Round one was a vegan recipe that called for whole wheat pastry flour (1 cup) and a half cup of semolina. The brownies were more cake like and very heavy.
Round two I used lighter ingredients, changed a few things around and loved every bite!! I don't usually frost my brownies but several recipes suggested a glaze so I improvised and came up with the best dark chocolate frosting. If you have ever had a sour cream chocolate frosting, it was very reminiscent of that, but no dairy! How wonderful!

2 comments:

Chef E said...

we need pictures...so I can see the chocolate goodness you have created!

Lepkugen said...

I so agree. Unfortunately my food photography was not in full swing. So now I just have to make another batch! Pictures to come soon!! Thanks for the comment!