Deceptive Brownies

The last recipe I tried from the current cookbook challenge book was Chocolate Brownies with Spinach and carrot purees in them. When I say last, I mean last before I swap to a different challenge book, I am of course going to keep trying out more deceptive & delicious recipes with whacky ingredients, how could I ever stop?

Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of these brownies before they were gobbled up, so you will have to use your imagination. For some eye candy in place of the food porn I present you with a beautiful word cloud of my blog that I produced using Wordle. I’m pretty sure it is only using the last few posts, but it is still pretty cool, go play with it yourselves!

Back to the brownies – One caution: Do not attempt to eat these warm straight out of the oven or you will be able to taste a strange taste. Let them cool down, sprinkle them with some icing sugar (or some icing would be even better) and they are delicious!

Deceptive Brownies Makes 12

Preheat oven to 180C and spray a 20cm x 20cm baking tray with olive oil spray. Melt 85g dark chocolate and combine in a large bowl with 1/2C carrot puree, 1/2C spinach puree, 1/2C brown sugar, 1/4C cocoa, 2Tbsp margarine & 2tsp vanilla extract. Whisk for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Whisk in 2 large egg whites and stir in 3/4C plain flour, 1/2tsp baking powder & 1/2tsp salt with a wooden spoon. Pour into the pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until cooked through. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 pieces.

Well, I had lots of fun with ‘Deceptively Delicious’ and there are still lots of recipes I want to try out of this book. The ones I have added to my ‘to try’ list are:

  • French Toast w/ banana or pineapple or sweet potato or pumpkin or carrot puree,
  • Scrambled eggs w/ cauliflower puree,
  • Banana bread w/ cauliflower puree,
  • Pancakes w/ sweet potato puree,
  • Peanut butter muffins w/ banana and carrot or cauliflower puree,
  • Waffle sandwiches w/ sweet potato puree,
  • Chicken nuggets w/ broccoli or sweet potato or spinach or beetroot puree,
  • Aloha chicken kebabs w/ sweet potato and pineapple puree,
  • Chicken salad sandwich w/ cauliflower puree,
  • Homemade ketchup w/ carrot puree,
  • Devilled eggs w/ cauliflower or carrot puree,
  • Tofu nuggets w/ spinach or broccoli or pea puree,
  • Chicken alphabet soup w/ cauliflower and sweet potato puree,
  • Macaroni & cheese w/ cauliflower puree and beans,
  • Banana pudding pie w/ cantaloupe and yellow squash puree,
  • Doughnuts w/ pumpkin and sweet potato puree,
  • Gingerbread spice cake w/ broccoli and carrot puree,
  • Lemon raspberry cake w/ yellow squash and beetroot puree,
  • Chocolate cupcakes w/ avocado and cauliflower puree,
  • Carrot cake muffins w/ cauliflower puree,
  • Oatmeal raisin cookies w/ banana and zucchini puree, &,
  • Hot cocoa w/ sweet potato puree.

OK, so it looks like I have bookmarked the entire book, but I haven’t! Just most of it!! It’s an interesting book, what can I say?

So it’s time to move onto Cookbook Challenge Book #12, which the LibraryThing widget has chosen as ‘Modern Classics Book 2′ by Donna Hay. I am almost certain I have cooked something out of this book already, but right now I don’t know what it is, so I will post the list of what I have cooked out of it soon. I will be posting about the spread I made for my Halloween Party last weekend very soon too, here is a sneak peek at the spooky things I made! Enjoy :)

The food spread!

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