Brownies: Flaky Top Edition
Brownies are probably the dessert I’ve been baking the longest. I’d make box brownies allll the time and loved the difference you could get from going more oil based or more egg based. When I went vegan, brownies were some of the first desserts I wanted to get perfectly. This delicious brownie recipe originally appeared in my cookbook, which you can purchase here. I’ve edited the sugar I use to 1/2 brown sugar, 1/2 white sugar and added a doubler broiler step in order to achieve the perfect brownie sheen topping.
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup soymilk
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons vegan butter melted
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons ground flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons hot water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup chopped pecans or other nut (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8x 8 baking pan with nonstick spray. Lay a parchment paper square over the pan to prevent brownies from sticking.
1.) In a small bowl mix together the flax meal mixture and applesauce together. Set aside.
2.) Stir the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.
3.)Heat a pot filled with water about 3 inches deep. Bring to a boil on medium heat, and place a baking bowl that fits on top of rim of pot. Melt vegan butter in bowl. Once melted, add the brown and white sugar until sugar dissolves into a caramel like sauce and granules are completely dissolved. Remove bowl from heat (remove using a hand towel or an oven mitten! The bowl is gonna be hot!). Stir together.
4.) Add the flax-applesauce mixture, soymilk, coconut milk, and vanilla extract to the melted butter-sugar mixture and whisk until completely smooth.
4.) Add the wet mixture to the dry. Stir until just combined, using a rubber spatula. Gently fold in chocolate chips and nuts, if using.
5.) Pour brownie batter into pan. Bake for 25 minutes and allow to cool on cooling rack.