Brownies!

I recently got a request to share some of my favorite recipes.ย  I’m starting out with this one cause as soon as I’m not so lazy I’m heading to the store so I can make these.

Peanut Butter Marble Brownies

Candied Peanut Topping (optional):
1/4 to 3/4 cup peanuts, whole roasted (salted or unsalted)
maple syrup or any sugar (plus water if dry), enough to coat

Brownies:
1/2 cup peanut butter, any kind
1 tablespoon molasses
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
5 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chips or chopped
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup vegan margarine, cut into squares
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1-1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup tofu, any kind
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:

Candied Peanut Topping

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or silicone mat.

2. Toss peanuts with enough maple syrup to coat in a small bowl. If using dry sugar, add a little water to moisten and coat the peanuts. You need a moist sugar to get a nice crunchy caramelization on the nuts.

3. Spread the nuts on the baking sheet in 1 layer and bake until crunchy and candy-like, up to 20 minutes. Cool.

4. Chop candied peanuts and sprinkle evenly on prepared peanut butter brownie batter and proceed with baking the brownies.

Brownies:
1. Generously grease an 8″ square baking pan with vegetable oil.ย  In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, molasses, and almond extract and set aside.

2. Melt semi-sweet and unsweetened chocolates and vegan margarine in a double boiler or microwave on 50% power, stirring often. Whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth.

3. Puree the sugar, tofu, and vanilla together in a medium sized bowl (or add to after the fact depending on your method of puree!). Whisk in the melted chocolate-butter-cocoa mixture.

4. In a small bowl whisk together the all-purpose and wheat flours and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly to all corners.

5. Dollop the peanut butter mixture all over the brownie batter. Using a butter knife, drag the peanut butter through the batter up and down, rotate the pan and repeat. Or just swirl however you like. Bake on the middle rack for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let the brownies cool for about 2 hours in the pan. Now you can slice and serve. To get the 64 small squares, cut the brownies into 1″ squares.

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8 Responses to “Brownies!”

  1. Mmmmm! Vegan brownies? Amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ I will definitely try this recipe. Can’t wait to see what else you post.

  2. I love peanut butter! These sound yummy, especially the caramelized candy topping ๐Ÿ™‚ But if I may ask… what is tofu ‘subbing in’ for? Eggs? Milk? Texture/weight? I’ve never cooked anything specifically vegan.

    Looking forward to seeing your other recipes for sure.

    • Jules Noctambule April 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      Former vegan baker here! In this recipe, it appears that the tofu is subbing in for eggs, providing moisture and binding properties, though it lacks the leavening properties that come from egg white so there’s more baking powder used than is typical for a brownie recipe. Personally, I’d use silken style tofu (usually found in shelf-stable packs) in this instead of the more textured firm tofu (usually found refrigerated in sealed tubs).

  3. This sounds insanely tasty.

  4. This sounds so tasty!
    I feel so sad when I go to vegan blogs and see their recipes… I’d like to try them, but they’re full of hard to find ingredients. Even if I see how I could make something myself (‘oh, we don’t have almond butter, but I could make it…’), there isn’t the right equipment, bah (‘…if there was a chopper powerful enough around here’).

    The same goes for raw.
    Have you seen Golubka’s raw foodie blog?
    I thought you might like it, judging by the delish recipes and the equally delish accompanying pics you sometimes feature on Fridays ๐Ÿ™‚ .
    Do tell if you like it.

    Well, I’ll be sure to make these as soon as the ingredients hit the local shops and, until then, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for other recipes ๐Ÿ˜€ .

  5. Ooh! *saves to favorites*

  6. have you seen post punk kitchen forums? http://forum.theppk.com/viewforum.php?f=18