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Dec.26 we're having my grandma and uncle for Boxing Day dinner, and I'm thinking of making brownies. They're delicious, but my mom will be serving cheesecake.<br><br><br><br>
Could you recommend something [vegan,obviously] that I could top it with?
 

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<b>AMAZING Vegan Brownies</b><br><br><br><br>
Ingredients (use vegan versions):<br><br><br><br>
2 cups flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)<br><br>
1 cup water<br><br>
1 cup brown sugar<br><br>
1 cup sugar<br><br>
1 teaspoon salt<br><br>
1 teaspoon vanilla extract<br><br>
3/4 cup baking cocoa<br><br>
1/2 cup oil - preferably vegetable oil<br><br>
1/2 teaspoon baking powder<br><br>
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)<br><br>
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)<br><br><br><br>
Directions:<br><br><br><br>
Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, cocoa, baking powder)<br><br>
Mix wet ingredients (water, oil, vanilla)<br><br>
Mix together, 50 strokes, or until well blended. Fold in nuts and chocolate chips.<br><br><br><br>
Spread mixture into a greased 13x9" pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until a knife can be inserted and come out clean.<br><br><br><br>
(this was from another forum, but I changed HOW it was done up and it is wonderful!!)<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, for toppings, you could do caramel (if you can find veg-friendly caramel... sugar is the worrying thing), nuts, chocolate chips...
 

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Something peanut-buttery ALWAYS goes good with brownies. You could make a peanutty glaze-type topping, or you could do something a little fluffier with a Peanut-Buttercream (idea stolen & improved from non-veg buttercream-frosted brownies brought to work by co-worker <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">)<br><br><br><br>
I've been thinking of doing the Peanut Buttercream for a while now.. I just have to get the chance to make up a batch and play with the recipe. I'll post my discoveries...
 

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Bekka, does this recipe really not need any egg replacer? The last time I tried to make brownies from a boxed mix and just left out the egg, they were pretty strange.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tom</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Bekka, does this recipe really not need any egg replacer? The last time I tried to make brownies from a boxed mix and just left out the egg, they were pretty strange.</div>
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That's 'cuz box mixes are an evil mockery of baking as we know it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/evil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":evil:"> hahaha.... Everything in the box mix is pre-measured so that it all works together, they don't really leave a wide margin for error or improvisation (precisely why I dislike them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">)... leave something out entirely and it's bound to go wrong.<br><br><br><br>
But I dunno, that aside, I've followed plenty of recipes without eggs or seemingly anything to substitute the egg, and I've never had a problem. Looks like the oil content in this recipe is slightly higher than what box mixes call for (usually ~1/3c, if I'm not mistaken?) so I assume that has something to do with it, although I am not an expert on the binding properties of oils... someone school me if I'm wrong...
 
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a few raspberries, placed on/beside each brownie to look all pretty (maybe with a little sprig of mint too, hahaha), a dusting of some kinda vegan confectioners sugar(does this exist?) or maybe cocoa powder, or something similar .... and a hot sweet raspberry coulis (sauce) drizzled around it/over it. droooooool.<br><br><br><br>
eta:<br><br><br><br>
or the same thing, but with canned black cherries in heavy syrup (use the syrup to make cherry coulis).
 

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I am a brownie LOVER. They have to be rich and fudgy, and I've always tried to make them from scratch, usually using an egg. They never turned out as well as I wanted. This recipe uses the water in place of the egg and they were the BEST (I kid you not!) brownies I ever made. EVER.<br><br><br><br>
Just try! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> You'll be convinced! And I bet you have everything in your cupboards already.
 

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Another vote for buttercream! What about peppermint buttercream, in the spirit of Christmas, with some smashed peppermints/candy canes and some flaked chocolate sprinkled on top?
 

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I make a chocolate glaze and then top with crumbled homemade vegan toffee.<br><br><br><br>
For the chocolate glaze I melt about 2-3 tbsp EB, mix it with a squirt of vanilla, a couple tbsps of cocoa powder add more or less if you like, add a cup or two of powdered sugar, then I thin it out with soymilk until its a Hershey syrup consistancy. Taste it to make sure it's chocolatey enough, then pour it on top of the brownies. It should thicken a bit as it sits.<br><br><br><br>
For the toffee I add a cup of sugar, about 8 tbsps of EB, 2 tbsps corn syrup, and a pinch or 2 of salt to a larger saucepan or even a dutch over, bring to a boil and, stirring frequently, simmer until it gets to hardball stage (when you drop a drop of the goo into some ice water, it turns into a hard ball). Take it off the heat, add a tbsp or 2 of vanilla. Pour it into a nonstick pan and let it cool completely. Then I crack it up, put it in a blender/food processor until it's crumbled up nice and powdery, then sprinkle it on top of the chocolate glaze.<br><br><br><br>
HTH,<br><br>
~Wondre <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biker.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":ymca:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Wonder</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I make a chocolate glaze and then top with crumbled homemade vegan toffee.<br><br><br><br>
For the chocolate glaze I melt about 2-3 tbsp EB, mix it with a squirt of vanilla, a couple tbsps of cocoa powder add more or less if you like, add a cup or two of powdered sugar, then I thin it out with soymilk until its a Hershey syrup consistancy. Taste it to make sure it's chocolatey enough, then pour it on top of the brownies. It should thicken a bit as it sits.<br><br><br><br>
For the toffee I add a cup of sugar, about 8 tbsps of EB, 2 tbsps corn syrup, and a pinch or 2 of salt to a larger saucepan or even a dutch over, bring to a boil and, stirring frequently, simmer until it gets to hardball stage (when you drop a drop of the goo into some ice water, it turns into a hard ball). Take it off the heat, add a tbsp or 2 of vanilla. Pour it into a nonstick pan and let it cool completely. Then I crack it up, put it in a blender/food processor until it's crumbled up nice and powdery, then sprinkle it on top of the chocolate glaze.<br><br><br><br>
HTH,<br><br>
~Wondre <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biker.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":ymca:"></div>
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I want some of these! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Wonder</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I make a chocolate glaze and then top with crumbled homemade vegan toffee.........</div>
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(*faints*)<br><br><br><br>
I'm going to Wonder's house for dessert!!
 

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OK, so we just made THESE:<br><br><br><br>
Using an aproximation of bekajoi's recipe above <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wayne:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wayne:"> (I added 1/4 tsp peppermint extract to the batter) and then we topped it with some pillsbury White Frosting (vegan) and a bunch of candycanes (vegan) crushed over the top.<br><br><br><br>
As you can see, we couldn't wait for the picture but had to try them IMMEDIATELY!
 
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