Vegan Fudge Brownies
Yield: 24 2-inch square brownies
Grease a 9"x13" pan in a few spots just to keep the parchment paper in place, making sure there's enough parchment paper to hang over the edge of the pan. You're going to need that to lift the brownies out later. Don't overdo the greasing because it will cool in patches on your finished brownies and look gross.
You'll need a stand mixer for this one. Or very strong arms and a sturdy wooden spoon. Trust me.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Using a stand mixer, stir in the sugar.
In a double boiler or microwave, melt the butter and chocolate chips together, whisking occasionally. Add this to the dry ingredients, mixing on low until combined. Pour in the milk and vanilla extract and beat for a minute or so. It will probably look like grainy fudge. If you're adding nuts or the like, now's the time to throw them in and give them a short spin in the mixer.
Preheat the oven to 350degF.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it around with a rubber spatula until it's as evenly distributed as you can get. Bake for 40 minutes.
Now, here's the part where every fudge brownie recipe basically lies to you. Either they say the brownie will be "a little wet in the center" or go so far as to claim you can test for doneness by sticking a toothpick in the brownies and seeing if it comes out clean. DO NOT LISTEN TO THESE HORRIBLE LYING LIARS.
After 35-40 minutes in the oven, what you will actually have is a seething, boiling, liquid mess. It will not look anything like a brownie. That's ok. Take it out of the oven anyway. Set it down carefully someplace flat, like the top of the stove. Then walk away. Don't touch it. I promise when it cools down, all that chocolate will solidify. If you try to bake them long enough so that only the center is a little jiggly, you'll just end up with burned brownies and sadness.
Once the brownies are completely cooled (COMPLETELY! unless you want to eat your brownies with a spoon), use the parchment paper to lift the brownies out of the pan. Set them down on a large cutting board. Now, you can cut off the crispy edges if you'd like, but why would you do that? That's wasted brownie! That's a crazy thing to do. So, instead, just cut the brownies into a size that you think is appropriate. Nom nom nom.
By min | December 14, 2014, 5:29 PM | Vegan Vittles
Been a vegan for close to 20 years, and I have never been able to make successful "true" brownies. I have made things that taste good and appear in brownie-form, but still they've been very cakelike. I'm going to try these this season though. Thanks for posting!
good luck! personally, i prefer cake brownies, but fnord12 likes fudge brownies. it was a happy day when i realized fudge brownies don't look done when they're done and that i'd been lied to all these years.