Monday, March 23, 2009

Brownies, Crunk-style

As you may or may not have noticed, I haven't posted very many pictures of dessert recipes for my cookbook. That's because I don't have a ton of recipes for that section yet. Baking is a science and well, I'm more of an artistic type. Creating baked goods from scratch is a little intimidating.

My Granny has helped quite a bit, veganizing her classic dessert recipes. In fact, most of the stuff in the dessert section right now is a Granny contribution. But this weekend, I was feeling a bit adventurous ... so created these Chocolate Mint Julep Brownies:

And quite frankly, I'm proud of myself. Other than possibly cutting back cooking time by five minutes (some of the brownies on the edge of the pan were drier than those in the center), I'd say these little guys are close to being perfected. And I just threw this recipe together from scratch!

Despite the name, there's no alcohol in these ... but I think I may spike them with bourbon next time just for fun. They are minty though, thanks to a bit of mint extract (which technically has alcohol in it, but not much). I also made them low-fat by using applesauce instead of oil. I rarely do that, but I'm not sure why. It still tastes great and I can eat three instead of one!

Testers: The new recipes are up on the tester site. Unfortunately, this brownie recipe is not one of them cause it still only exists in handwritten form. But I promise to type it up and post it there soon!

25 comments:

jrsimon56 said...

Oh Bianca...mint and chocolate...be still my heart! You've got my number with that recipe!

The Voracious Vegan said...

WOW! What a great idea! They look just delicious. I feel the same way about baking and cooking. Cooking is easy, free form, go with the flow, and artistic. Baking stresses me a bit, never knowing if I got the measurements right, I have to focus and be precise...which I hate!

But it looks like your 'science experiment' went very well!

VeggieGirl said...

HOLY GOODNESS!!

Mihl said...

Yes, you can be proud of yourself! Those look very mouthwatering.

shelby said...

Your just making me more and more anxious to get your cookbook!!!

I agree though...baking from scratch? Scary!

Macie said...

Vegan brownies are so hard (for me), so big props for making these from scratch! I love all things minty, and I can't even imagine how good those would be with a little bourbon in them. Yum!

meghantelpnerblog.com said...

You have a vegan brownie recipe. You don't need any more desserts. ;)

pixiepine said...

Oh my gosh...I think the biggest thing I miss being vegan is all types of mint chocolate chip goodies. I am so excited about your cookbook!!!

Laura said...

i want to test that asap girl!! i love the combination of mint and chocolate...and i wouldn't mind throwing in a little bourbon. you know, for the cookbook's sake :)

Jen aka Jewbacca said...

those do look good. i've never been a fan of using applesauce with most baked goods because i don't like the texture. i enjoy the fat. silly me, i'm such a fatophile.

Sal said...

yum I love brownies and choc mint sounds pretty freakin awesome to me!

jessy said...

jeebus, Bianca - chocolate mint julep brownies are freak'n brilliant! oooh my gosh i cannot WAIT to test these out! they look so perfect! mmmmmmmmmmmmm! i'm with you in being intimidated by creating baked goodies - but it looks like you've got one sweet success, Bianca! hell yeah!

omnidudemeandthebean said...

Yum. I can't wait to try these out. Mint and chocolate are my favorite things.

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

I'm intimidated by making up baked stuff, too. But those brownies should change that for you. They look sensational!

Virginia said...

those look and sound delicious! just found your blog and i love it! i will be back!

twoveganboys said...

Yum. I am looking forward to your cookbook coming out.

Kiersten said...

I love that you used replaced the oil in the brownies with applesauce. I like healthy bakede goods even more than I do regular ones! (Because you can eat more of them!)

Veganissexy said...

Ok Bianca you are not helping me lose my newlywed happy and fat pounds. I'm going to pretend I didn't see the chocolate chips hidden in those truly decadant looking treats. Ugh.

jd said...

Woah. This looks unbelievable!

Chocolate and mint are so amazing together... I'm in love :)

Gina said...

I really like when the brownies on the outside are drier than the middle! Those look awesome. I visited a friend once and her roommate made brownies with Andes mints melted all over and swirled into the top of them....they were crazy good although I'm assuming Andes aren't vegan. Anyway, these remind me of them, but healthier!!!

jodye said...

I have had a hardcore craving for brownies lately- and wow, chocolate mint julep sounds and looks amazing!

Cyn said...

You are such a tease!!! Those brownies look so awesome and I want to make them right now. I love chocolate and mint. And bourbon. Yum!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Oh my, brownies are my ultimate favorite dessert, and a brownie with mint and some booze thrown in... WOW!

A said...

Mmmmmmmm, Brownies (Homer Simpson voice)

River said...

Wow, Bianca, these look beyond delicious. The close up is so gorgeous!