Brownies – gooey, chocolatey, squidgy, wonderfully indulgent, but not terribly good for you. Does that really matter? After all, all cakes and biscuits should be eaten in moderation. However, recent months have seen all manner of “healthy” brownies parading virtuously around Internet Land. Gluten free, sugar free, grain free, made with beetroot, beans, courgettes, mayonnaise, mashed avocado, mashed banana, and my personal least favourite – cauliflower (that person was quickly unfollowed on pinterest).
Call me crazy, but isn’t the whole point of brownies that they are just a bit naughty and decadent? So I was looking forward to reviewing the next book on the shelf. I even bought this one twice; the first one was lent to a friend and never found it’s way home again. Was it worth it?
Blissful Brownies Love Food. Paragon books Ltd, 2007
“Delicious and luxurious recipes for mouthwatering brownies”
So why did you buy it?
I love brownies, and the recipes sounded really exciting. The deciding factor was a recipe for chocolate peppermint squares, a much loved staple of school dinners.
Judge a book by it’s cover…
Fairly ordinary, close up of brownies and the kind of graphics typical of the noughties.
Do you use it?
I seem to recall using it a lot at first, then it went on holiday to a friends house and was never seen again. Since then I’ve been using a different recipe.
What did you make?
Although I had big plans, in the end I just made Rocky Road Brownies (too sickly) and Cinnamon Squares (too greasy). Both were fairly uninspiring so i decided to quit while I was ahead.
Is it still in print?
No, but can be bought second hand on Amazon for 1p.
So is it worth buying?
Not really. While there a couple of gems in the book, most of the brownies are very un brownie-like. Eldest son even came out of his lair to exclaim “These aren’t brownies, they’re cakes!” Better recipies abound, I always use the Hummingbird bakery one now. Another big problem with this book is the quantities, which are often way out. The rocky road brownies were so thin I had to double them up layer cake style to get a decent sized square. So yeah, don’t bother, I’m glad I only spent a penny (plus p+p) to buy it again.
The gooeyness of brownies is down to their high sugar to flour ratio.