Vegan Brownies – The Minimalist Baker

So, today’s brownies on my quest are brought to you by The Minimalist Baker and a Bombay Sapphire Gin and Tonic. They have simple ingredients, are easy to make and taste satisfyingly good…..separately that is 😛

I decided to make one large tray bake rather than individual cakes as on the recipe as linked above. Therefore I doubled the recipe to fill a 7×11″ tray, though I did end up cooking it for a similar time, just a couple of minutes longer.

Technically, I will admit, these weren’t entirely vegan as I had didn’t have enough Vitalite left to make the full double recipe. This meant I had to supplement this margarine with 1/4 cup of Stork which I’m trying to use up (it has a little buttermilk in it). I would probably have used oil but as I said I don’t want it to go to waste.

The mixture was a a lot thicker than I’m used to having and it did seem quite oily at this stage. I added 1/3 cup of roasted, chopped, mixed nuts and 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips. I like to roast nuts before I use them in baking as it seems to release so much more flavour and aromatics.


As for the taste of these babies, they are completely different from the other ones I’ve made. These have a much darker intense flavour which I really like but the consistency is not quite right. They are too crumbly and dare I say it, not sweet enough, although very only just. The mixture was thick and I suspect that there are too much flax seeds in this recipe to be more fudgy. Using oil rather than margarine may also help in reducing the crumblyness. I don’t want to say I don’t like them as they have a depth of flavour which is not in the others which is worth giving strong credit. These would be good for someone who doesn’t like sweet brownies and prefers a crumblier, cakier option. However I personally won’t be making the recipe again as it is but I will be taking the depth of flavour on board.



So for the final voting:

  1. Cakiness: 8
  2. Gooiness: 5
  3. Crispy top: 6 (the same as you would get on a sponge)
  4. Chocolateyness: 9 (it was a deep, dark chocolate flavour)
  5. Sweetness: 6
  6. Ease of making: 9
  7. Ingredient complexity: 8
  8. Overall taste: 7.5 (depth of flavour was great but they were too crumbly)

What recipe should I try next?

Annette x




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