Ultimate Vegan Brownies

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3.0

Good, but not ultimate (in my opinion)

These were good: chocolatey and slightly buttery-tasting, but I didn't like the texture, which was slightly crumbly and light, not binded enough for me. My sister said they were dry, and this may be the way to describe them since they are not as moist as I think a brownie should be. I am slightly annoyed by all the hype over these because I don't see the "chewiness," etc. in my results. I am going to guess that maybe intuition trumps scientific know how in the kitchen and probably lots of other places because I've liked other recipes better (on ohsheglows.com and vegweb.com) that were less fussy over the ingredients. I don't mean to be mean. I just want to say what I feel like would otherwise go unsaid. I don't like elephants in the room.

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Thanks for your honest opinion on the brownies Marla! In my kitchen they turn out moist, fudgy and chewy and not dry. There's probably some sort of variation going on somewhere; this recipe is a little more complicated than most which can result in inconsistent results. Glad you were able to find your preferred brownie recipe!

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3.0

Ultimate Vegan Brownie

Love your Ultimate Vegan Brownies. That said, mine were a bit dry and crumbly. How do you suggest I correct this? Probably it was due to the modifications i made. First, Earth Balance Buttery Sticks were not available, however EB Vegan Buttery (tub) Spread was so I used it. Second, I don't have a mixer and so I mixed it by hand.

Any comments: We like our brownies to have a more fudgy texture.

Owner's reply

Sorry the brownies didn't work out for you sbriggs! This recipe was designed for use with a vegan butter such as Earth Balance Buttery Sticks or Vegan Butter. If you choose to use tub vegan butter, it'll turn out excessively dry due to the higher water ratio. In this case the water bakes off, resulting in a drier brownie. My advice is to always have either Buttery Sticks or Vegan Butter in your freezer for baking. In fact, I recommend just forgetting about the possibility of using tub margarine for baking- it's just not going to offer the same results as butter.

The mixing is an important step too because it allows the water-based ingredients to emulsify with the fats, which makes for a more moist, fudgy texture that'll resist letting go of water during baking. This will also lead to a more moist brownie. If you don't have a mixer I recommend just hand mixing like crazy during this step until you have a smooth, consistent mass.

I know these small details wouldn't seem like they'd make a difference but believe me, after spending seven years on this recipe, I think I've experienced it all! Good luck if you decide to make another crack at it in the future!

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3.0

Overbaked :-(

Hello Mattie!

your recipe and the way you explain every step is perfect. Only the baking time/temperature does not seem to work properly. They came out overbaked with a slighty black (=burnt) base.
I placed the tray on the lowest postition, like you recommend/say in the recipe.

I put the brownies in a air tight container overnight, hoping they migh develop some softness. The next day they were even harder, like very old bread. Fail.

My oven is a basic oven, electricity, constant accurate temperature, no convection, no circulating air or similar.
Could it be that your 350 F aren't "true" 350 F, but more like 330-340F?
My old oven used to be cooler than the number on the knob promised.

I will give it another try, bake only for 25 Min at 330 and see how they turn out.

I still give this recipe three stars, mainly because I don't want to ruin your good overall rating and secondly because I really enjoy your writing. Only the outcome was a disappointment.

Maybe I should mention I did not substitute or replace any of your ingredients. This can't be the reason for the failure either.

warm regards,
Paula

Owner's reply

Thanks for the feedback Paula! I'm going to make these brownies again due to more reports of them turning out a bit dry. I just moved to another place with a completely different oven and I'll be sure to use a second thermometer in the oven to make sure my baking temperatures are as legit as possible. I'll be sure to update the recipe if I find that temperature needs to be reduced or a tiny bit of water needs to be added to reduce dryness. Thanks!

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3.0

Good, but missing something

I was pretty nervous when I put these in the oven since the dough was so insanely thick (I actually had to knead the flour in and mash it into the pan), and as it baked, the top looked all lumpy and weird, nothing like the pictures. Not sure if that's because I used Earth Balance buttery stick and subbed chia for flax. Despite that, I thought the texture and consistency on the brownies turned out to be very good; I baked them exactly 35 min, and they were dense and fudgy, and had that nice sugary crust on top.

However, the flavor just wasn't quite right. I think they're either not chocolate-y enough or not sweet enough, even though 1 1/2 cups seems like a LOT of sugar to me, esp for an 8x8 pan. If I ever try this recipe again, I will probably double or triple the amount of dark chocolate.

Owner's reply

Thanks for the input Michelle! I'm beginning to think that I must have accidentally changed the amount of semi-sweet chocolate during a recent minor edit to make the recipe more clear. My girlfriend made the brownies recently and they DID seem less chocolatey and drier than normal!

I'm going to make a few batches this week and get to the bottom of this. I'll let you know what I find. I'll bet 4 ounces of chocolate somehow got changed to 1. Thanks for letting me know about this!

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3.0

still not the same

These brownies DID get that crusty delicious top that most vegan brownies are missing, however they were still cake-y :( I usually don't follow recipes exactly but, knowing how temperamental brownies can be, I was very precise, and still fell short in my opinion. Yummy, but not the same density that I was hoping for.

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