Posted on July 14, 2011
G-ology 104: Fudgy Chocolate Brownies
If you’re anything like me, you have a hard time passing up dessert of the gooey, chocolaty variety. Lava cakes, brownies and chocolate layer cake are anything but healthy, but one recipe in Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter gives them a run for their money while lowering your caloric intake.
What separates these Fudgy Chocolate Brownies from their competition is the ingredients. Spelt flour can be better than all-purpose baking flour because many bodies find it easier to digest. Instead of dumping in cups of refined sugar, the recipe calls for maple syrup and light agave syrup – the agave syrup, consumed in moderation, won’t cause blood sugar levels to spike. [source]
The fewer the bowls and tools that a baking recipe requires, the easier it is to create. Much like muffin recipes, G’s Fudgy Chocolate Brownies recipe combines a bowl of dry ingredients with a bowl of wet ingredients (including yummy, slightly sweetened soy milk). The batter is more similar to that of a cake, but trust me – it’s got more than enough “oomph” to pack a punch in the pan.
A squared is called for, something I don’t own. I poured the entire bowl of batter into one, small round pan, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Making substitutions like that can be risky, and this could have been disastrous! The batter was deep and therefore required a much longer baking time than the recipe suggested.
As the clock ticked, my apartment smelled increasingly delicious. Though they didn’t look exactly like the brownies in the illustration, I have no doubt that my attempt tasted as good as can be expected.
Warm and fluffy with melted chocolate chips, the only thing dense about these brownies was the rich, chocolate flavour. Delicious on their own (and not a terrible dessert at less than 350 calories per serving), it’s difficult to eat just one. While they could be considered a healthy-ish option for dessert, J and I went for gold and scooped chocolate chip mint ice cream alongside our brownie servings.
As usual, I won’t post G’s recipes on my blog (go buy the book!) but Self Magazine has published the recipe online.
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