MDM’s Recipe – Vegan Prune and Almond Brownies

Vegan almond and prune brownies

After last weeks Vegan Cherry and Almond Brownies  I had an urge to have another go at something a little bit different and for some reason I thought that prunes would be a great idea. I wouldn’t say that I was wrong but nor was I right either.

These were slightly better overall I would say than the BBC Good Food version above, mainly with vast improvements being made in the not-so-crumbly category but they didn’t quite have the depth of flavour I was hoping for.

So here’s my recipe.


MDM’s Prune and Almond Brownies

2 tbsp chia seeds

8 tbsp water

2 tbsp soya milk

2 tsp hemp powder

 

80g vegan margarine such as Vitalite

120g dark chocolate

75g soft brown sugar

75g caster sugar

70g ground almonds

40g cocoa powder

120g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

100g chopped dried prunes

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Vegan prune and almond brownie mixture – it’s quite thick
  1. Switch fan oven onto 150°C fan and line and grease a 10×8″ baking tray.
  2. Mix the chia seeds, water, soya milk and hemp powder to make an MDM vegan egg. Mix up well and allow to sit for a few minutes.
  3. In a large saucepan melt the chocolate and margarine and allow to cool a little.
  4. Add the sugar into this and stir well. Add the MDM egg and mix well.
  5. Add the flour, almonds, cocoa powder and baking powder and mix. Stir in the chopped prunes.
  6. Put in the tray, levelling the surface and cook in the oven for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out almost, but not quite clean.
  7. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then cut into pieces. Allow to cool in the tray.
  8. Eat. Or eat when they are cool enough to put in your mouth.

Vegan prune and almond brownies
Vegan prune and almond brownies

I’m not a great fan of raisins especially in cooking and the prunes tasted a little too close to raisins for comfort. These were quite good in consistency but lacked a little gooiness and the crispy top. Dropping the sugar helped a lot from the previous ones I made. These have actually made me go back and downgrade the last ones.

These were definitely missing something. I think it could be that eggy richness. Time to get my thinking cap on as to what I could use to replace that.

Here’s the verdict:

  1. Cakiness: 8
  2. Gooiness:7.5
  3. Crispy top: 6.5
  4. Chocolateyness: 8
  5. Sweetness: 8
  6. Ease of making: 8
  7. Ingredient complexity: 6.5
  8. Overall taste: 7.5
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