#Blogmas - Candy Cane Vegan Brownies
Now I'm just going to put this out there, but this is probably one of the tastiest things I've ever baked.
I'm no GBBO hopeful or anything (though I wish I was) but I do love a bit of festive baking. And though I could have gone for mince pies or shortbread or something, I thought I'd give my favourite thing to bake a bit of a Christmas twist. And a vegan one too. I'm not a vegan, but I do try and cut as much dairy and eggs out of my diet where I can.
And though the first batch of these turned out pretty awful as I overbaked them (they made a great cake, just not very brownie-like), the second batch turned out damn good. Really gooey, chocolatey and minty.
I had my doubts about the recipe and lack of eggs, but actually these tasted so good. I'm definitely going to be trying more vegan recipes in the future!
5 tablespoons sunflower oil , plus extra for greasing
200 g dairy-free dark chocolate
170 g self-raising flour
3 heaped teaspoons cacao powder
180 g golden caster sugar
A pinch of sea salt
A couple of drops of peppermint flavouring
230 ml unsweetened organic soya milk
A couple of candy canes
I actually halved the ingredients because l forgot to buy more chocolate and couldn't be bothered to go back to Sainsburys ha.
The method is easy, I used the same process in the recipe linked above.
Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas 4. Grease a square baking tin (roughly 20cm) with a little oil, then line with greaseproof paper.
Melt 150g of chocolate, then set aside to cool slightly.
Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar and a pinch of salt. Add a few drops of peppermint flavouring to taste. Stir in the oil, soya milk and melted chocolate until combined.
Crush candy canes and and stir them and the remaining chocolate in. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it out evenly. Place into the hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked on the outside, but still gooey in the middle.
Leave to cool or serve warm.
To decorate them I drizzled some icing on them (just icing sugar and water), some holly and berry confetti sugar things and some more roughly chopped candy cane.
I don't normally post recipes on my blog but hey it's Blogmas and I wanted to try something a little different. I love a bit of a challenge!
If you try this recipe out, I'd love to hear how it turned out!