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 Post subject: Help with Vegan Brownies
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:27 pm 
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I'm a fairly experienced cook, but I seem to have real trouble with vegan brownies, they often turn out dry and often crumbly. I have an oven thermometer, nor am I over baking or over mixing (as far as I know). My flour and ingredients are fresh (apparently Aussie flour has a slightly lower gluten content the US brands according to Byranna Clark Grogan) I've tried reducing the baking time, by about 5 minutes and that doesn't see to make a difference. My pan is a dark color, which I read cooks things quicker?

I've only had luck with one vegan brownie recipe and that was Ms Cupcake: The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town ( has a cup of oil in it BTW). Cooked this one in glass pan, and they were underdone. Normally work out well in a metal pan though. 20 minute bake time on this one.

Choloe's Kitchen: fail, dry and crumbly
Vegan Dinner: same
Vegan Cookies Invade your cookie Jar: Espresso Brownies dry and crumbly baked for 15 min instead of 20 (people on here seem to rave about them)
But I Could Never Go Vegan: Dry and Crumbly, but improved somewhat with re-refrigerating
Veganomincon: Fudgy Wudgy Blueberry Brownies (think these ones worked from memory)
PPK: low fat raspberry. Not too bad, but a bit gummy for my liking (perhaps from the apple sauce)

Anyone know the ultimate no fail, fudgy brownie recipe?

I guess I should just stick with the couple that worked for me I guess!


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I swear by the regular plain brownies in Vegan Cookies iYCJ. I haven't tried the espresso brownies because the plain ones are just too perfect. When I want brownies, I usually not in the mood to mess around.

These have never let down. For an extra boost, I like to replace up to half the soy milk with cointreau, frangelico, Kahlua, or grand Marnier and add hazelnuts.

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My #1 all time favorite, no-fail brownie recipe comes from the Sticky Fingers cookbook. Love love love it.


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vive le vegan fudge brownies. nice crinkle top, chewy, and with an amazing ooey gooey crumb.


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My #1 all time favorite, no-fail brownie recipe comes from the Sticky Fingers cookbook. Love love love it.

Yes! I adapted this one to a huge recipe and used to make it at the bakery where I worked. I think it had a lot of melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder which helps with the crumbliness.

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vive le vegan fudge brownies. nice crinkle top, chewy, and with an amazing ooey gooey crumb.

Yup. My fave too. I've tried other recipes through the years, but always come back to this one.


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is your climate really dry? i'd suggest adding a tad more liquid (and oil maybe? can't go wrong with more oil in a brownie recipe. especially if they tend to be crumbly on you.) flour can absorb a fascinating amount of liquid from the atmosphere, and can have all kinds of weird results in different climates.

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I've tried this super fudgy (really easy) brownie recipe recently and all the omnis at work were asking for the recipe.

http://northernveg.blogspot.be/2011/09/super-fudgy-brownies.html

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to echo other posters, i've found that using melted chocolate really helps with the crumb and texture of the brownies! most recipes i've made that just call for cocoa powder do not have the brownie feel, more like the chocolate cake feel.

so try a recipe with melted chocolate and very little / no cocoa powder!

some recipes i've used also have yogurt / mayo / whipped tofu, and sometimes these can add a nice bit of moisture that can help with a dry crumbly texture..

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I've tried this super fudgy (really easy) brownie recipe recently and all the omnis at work were asking for the recipe.

http://northernveg.blogspot.be/2011/09/super-fudgy-brownies.html


I was just going to recommend these. They're the fudgiest brownie I've ever made, and I've made a lot!

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Thanks PPK'ers!

My quest for the best vegan brownie continues!


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lepelaar wrote:
I've tried this super fudgy (really easy) brownie recipe recently and all the omnis at work were asking for the recipe.

http://northernveg.blogspot.be/2011/09/super-fudgy-brownies.html


I was just going to recommend these. They're the fudgiest brownie I've ever made, and I've made a lot!

Yes! These are awesome. I dissolve the sugar in the liquid instead of blending it, and that is enough to give it a nice flaky surface.

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I've never actually blended the sugar, either..... but in the UK we generally use caster sugar for baking, anyway, which is extra fine sugar, but not powdered like icing sugar. I've always assumed it's not a thing elsewhere, because I've never seen an international recipe call for it, but if you can get hold of something like that, it makes with the flaky crust, also....

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I blended the sugar, which was fun (and does indeed produce a sugar cloud), but used plain soy milk instead of chocolate and they were still the most chocolatey things ever!

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I have made the Vegan Diner, Veganomicon, and PPK brownies many times. The VD and Veganomicon ones are my go to that I made all the time. I did notice they bake different when I use different kinds of pans. Glass versus metal. I always use glass baking pans when I make these. The biggest key also is to slightly underbake. Sometimes ovens can run slightly hotter also. I think mine is a bit like that so that is why (I think) I see the difference in the pan types. I always set the timer less than 10 mins the baking time and just watch it closely then to get the right time to take them out.


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Disappearing Ink wrote:
I've never actually blended the sugar, either..... but in the UK we generally use caster sugar for baking, anyway, which is extra fine sugar, but not powdered like icing sugar. I've always assumed it's not a thing elsewhere, because I've never seen an international recipe call for it, but if you can get hold of something like that, it makes with the flaky crust, also....


Our caster sugar is their granulated! Fun fact I learnt recently, and might explain why my results sometimes differed from the pictures.

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granulated is larger than caster. (granulated is really just code for "this is made from sugarcane, not beet")

we have "superfine" sugar that is closer in size to caster. (i never buy it. never found a use for it. our everyday granulated is fine for me.)

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(oh, maybe that "code" is wrong. i tried to google around to find where i read that before, and i keep finding results of beet-based granulated sugar. hmmmmm.)

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lepelaar wrote:
I've tried this super fudgy (really easy) brownie recipe recently and all the omnis at work were asking for the recipe.

http://northernveg.blogspot.be/2011/09/super-fudgy-brownies.html


I made these today, and they did not turn out well for me at all. They were super greasy on the bottom and somewhat gritty (I did blend the sugar in my Vitamix). I will not make this recipe again.


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Boom: http://www.veganbaking.net/recipes/brow ... e-brownies. Backed by science.


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this one from The Joy of Vegan Baking is my personal favorite:

Chocolate Brownies
from Joy of Vegan Baking
by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
makes 6-8
(I make these way smaller, and get either 16 small brownies or 25 tinies)

ingredients:
1 1/2 c granulated sugar
3/4 c unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbsp water
2 tsp ground flaxseed
1/2 c water
2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/3 c all-purpose flour
(or I use 1/2 c whole wheat pastry flour & 1/2 + 1/3 c all purp)
3/4 c cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 c semisweet chocolate chips
1 c coarsely chopped walnuts (or pecans) - optional

Preheat oven to 350F. With canola oil, grease an 8x8 inch baking pan.

In a medium-size bowl, stir together the sugar, applesauce, and 2 Tbsp water.

In a small bowl or food processor, combine the ground flaxseed with the 1/2 cup water. Add this to the applesauce mixture, along with the vanilla, and whisk to combine.

In a separate small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, chocolate chips, and nuts, if using. Add to the applesauce mixture, and stir just to combine.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes. The finished product should be moist. Bake longer if you like a cakier result. Remove from the oven and let cool before cutting. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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 Post subject: Re: Help with Vegan Brownies
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I have made the Vegan Diner, Veganomicon, and PPK brownies many times. The VD and Veganomicon ones are my go to that I made all the time. I did notice they bake different when I use different kinds of pans. Glass versus metal. I always use glass baking pans when I make these. The biggest key also is to slightly underbake. Sometimes ovens can run slightly hotter also. I think mine is a bit like that so that is why (I think) I see the difference in the pan types. I always set the timer less than 10 mins the baking time and just watch it closely then to get the right time to take them out.

Vegan Diner & veganomicon, fudgy wudgy blueberry brownies are my favourites too! I agree with less cooking time too, it helps to keep them moist.


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Has anyone tried the Vegan Chocolate/Fran Costigan brownie recipe? I was thinking of making them over the weekend for Valentine's Day.

I really prefer dense, fudgy brownies - will these satisfy?

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