Friday, March 27, 2009

Fudgie Brownies

Here is some chewy chocolate goodness in flapper form. Have you ever noticed how healthier versions of baked yummies replace the butter and fat with applesauce or bananas? It’s perfect for some recipes, but the problem with using fruit in brownies is that they end up tasting more like, well, fruit rather than chocolatey goodness. That’s why I like this version: instead of fruit, the naughty fats are replaced with sweet potato. The texture of pureed spuds give the brownies a nice, thick fudgie texture, and the mild potato allows the deep, dark chocolate to remain at glorious center stage, right where it belongs.
Fudgie Brownies
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup sweet-potato puree
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon instant coffee powder

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square pan; set aside. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Remove pan from heat, and stir in cocoa. Let cool slightly.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. Stir in sugar and sweet-potato puree, then egg. In a small bowl, stir together vanilla and coffee until coffee is dissolved; add to cocoa mixture.

4. Add flour mixture to cocoa mixture and stir until no traces of flour remain. Spoon into prepared pan; smooth the top. Bake until surface of brownies looks barely dry and an inserted knife comes out with a few moist crumbs, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

I love to eat mine warm with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt and a sprinkle of cocoa and cinnamon powder on top. :)


Jessica Martiele said...

Just catching up now (been on vacation) but man, I've missed some gooooood stuff! (Not to mention Burt Reynolds!) Here's me, goin' in for the cookies...and the pancakes...and some of those, wait, vacation is OVER! Sigh. Thanks for giving me something yummy to read about now that we're back!

flappergirl said...

Hey girlfriend, welcome back! Hope you had a wonderful vacation! :)

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