This week is Allergy Awareness Week. While I am fortunate enough, as is my immediate family, to be free of any major allergies, I realize that many are not so lucky. So, when I was asked recently to create and eggless brownie recipe, I was more than willing to accept the challenge. And the fact that it is Allergy Awareness Week made it perfect timing!
Brownies are one of my favorite desserts (add pretty much any other dessert to that list….I have a serious sweet tooth!). I love them plain, frosted, with nuts, without nuts, topped with a giant mound of ice cream, you name it! Never have I attempted to love them without eggs though. And, since I’ve never made an effort to bake egg free, I was worried I was getting in over my head!
I don’t know how much of this recipe came from skill and how much from luck (I’m leaning towards the luck side being higher…) but, to my surprise, my first attempt at an eggless brownie was a success! It was so successful in fact, my husband said that he preferred them to my usual brownie recipe. These brownies are chewy (which is why my husband was so smitten), chocolatey, reduced fat, and egg free! What more could you ask for in an eggless brownie…or any brownie at that?
Yields: 9 Large Brownies
1/2 Cup Fat Free Milk
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Cup All Purpose Flour, Sifted
Confectioners Sugar For Sprinkling (Optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, combine milk and lemon juice and set aside to allow to curdle (this makes buttermilk).Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine butter and applesauce and heat on medium low until butter is completely melted. Turn heat off and sift in cocoa powder. Stir to combine. Add in both sugars and continue stirring. Next, mix in buttermilk and vanilla and then, stir in the baking powder. Finally, add the flour to the chocolate mixture and stir until fully incorporated. Pour into a greased 9×9 baking dish (you may cover the bottom in parchment paper for easy removal, if desired.).
Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean.
Sprinkle with confectioners sugar if desired.