First there were these out there, frankly the food-sluttiest thing I’ve ever heard of, though I’m softening my original flat refusal.
Then last night I came across My Baking Addiction solving a brownie problem I didn’t know I had. But I liked her quest to find a fudgy brownie that had crumb and structure balanced with gooeyness.
In the meantime, a friend called in the throes of preparations for a trip out of town. Her daughter had just been diagnosed with lactose intolerance and was craving milk chocolate. She wondered if she could hire me to make a pan of dairy-free brownies she could take on their trip for snacks. Of course I said yes.
Normally, I’d be doctoring this with something. There would be spices, at least ginger and orange. Probably some pureed greens or butternut squash, some flax. But I didn’t want to mess with brownies for this poor kid who’s just missing her beloved chocolate. So I went to the good old Joy of Cooking and got out the Brownies Cockaigne recipe, which was easy to adjust.
Dairy-Free 100% Stealth-Free Brownies
Preheat oven to 350.
Prepare 9 x 13 pan by greasing and placing a piece of foil or parchment so that it’s hanging over at each end.
In a medium saucepan, melt together:
- 4 oz. vegan/dairy-free chocolate chips or chunks*
- 1/4 c. palm oil shortening
- 1/4 c. olive oil
Set aside to cool completely, then stir in:
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1/4 t. salt
Mix in just until blended:
- 1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
Pour into prepared pan and spread to the edges. Bake about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs.
And off on my own perfect brownie quest I go.
* There’s a chocolate-loving benefit to choosing chocolate that doesn’t have milkfat. Cocoa butter melts at 37 C., or 98.6 farenheit – just the temperature of the human body. That’s what gives that sensuous immediate melt as soon as it hits your tongue. But milk fat, which much chocolate contains, melts at a slightly higher temperature, resulting in a less pleasant film in your mouth.