Monday, April 26, 2010
I have spent all my adult (and teenage for that matter!) life either on a diet or breaking one!! So when I came upon this recipe on Nigella's website for "Diet Brownies" it was a no brainer, I had to try them immediately.
They were quite nice, my brownie aficionado son said that they weren't the best I'd ever made but they were still nice, as I hadn't mentioned the diet bit to him, I reckon this was high praise!
The one thing worth mentioning about these brownies is that they didn't keep wonderfully, they dried out considerably within three days (and the whole point of diet brownies is that you eat them over several days, all at once kinda defeats the purpose!!)
They had a rich, deeply chocolaty taste, and a proper brownie texture (for the first two days anyway). They gave such a chocolate hit that it cut down on the temptation to eat the whole plate full - score!!!
I know that "diet" is a dirty word these days, so I'll say that I cooked some very healthy vegetable side dishes this weekend which I'll blog about soon - they were creamy and luscious, nobody guessed that they didn't contain all sorts of creams and butters. Happy Days!
Diet/Healthy/Less Unhealthy Than Usual Brownies
150g Caster (or brown) sugar
2 Medium Eggs (beaten)
1tsp Vanilla Extract
50g Cocoa Powder (your best stuff)
1/2tsp Baking Powder
Makes 18 - 20 Brownies (86 cals each)
Preheat oven to 170 C
Prepare 20x20cm brownie tin.
Mix sugar and oil.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Carefully add the cocoa, flour and baking powder.
Pour batter into prepared tin (best lined with parchment paper to keep fat level right down!)
Bake 20 minutes or until done.
Remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.