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Low-Fat Brownies - Too Good To Be True?!

Friday, 5 September 2008

Joyce came across this article about low-fat brownies and asked me to give it a try. We are both suppose to be on a diet but she keeps tossing me with recipes to try. We both love our food so much and this whole dieting thing is just driving us crazy. So out of desperation, we revert to low-fat foods.

Jeff and Jade seemed to enjoyed the brownies. Better than expected considering its low-fat. Jeff says it's too sweet, not chocolatey, moist and tender enough. Very enjoyable and nice to eat - just don't think of it as a brownie. I agree to that, just that it seemed quite moist to me but at the same time crumbly - a weird texture actually. I like my brownies rich and chewy and they are not.

My verdict? I don't think I can ever or will ever try to skim off the fats in my desserts. The rich flavour and texture that you get just isn't the same. I think we deserve a treat every now and then.



Ingredients:28 x 18 x 4 cm tray
  • 60g Dark/ Unsweetened Chocolate - coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbs Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Caster Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 Egg White
  • 3 tbs Prune Puree
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Mixed Nuts (optional)

Dry ingredients: sifted together

  • 1/2 cup Plain Flour
  • 2 tbs unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 180ºC.
  • Melt butter and chocolate in a pan over low heat.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add in eggs, prune puree and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  • Mix in dry ingredients until well incorporated.
  • Mix in nuts.
  • Evenly spread the batter in a greased baking tray.
  • Bake for about 22-24 mins or until done (no longer than 25 mins).

Comments:
  • To make prune puree, blend together 1/2 cup soft prunes and 3 tbs hot water. Remember to blend until smooth. It was quite hard to blend such a small amount of prunes. I had to keep opening the lid of the blender and stir the mixture around. I did not blend until smooth and left a few large chunks of prunes. These pieces appear every now and then, it was like eating chocolate cake with prunes. Simply add more prunes and water to make the blending process easier.



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