Happy Friday! Hope your week has been peachy and that you have something to look forward to planned for this weekend? We’ve had a fairly uneventful week of working, mild exercise, meditation and baking brownies. Lots of brownies actually. Leading up to today my house has become brownie central. It’s a good thing if you have bags of self-control, but not so good if you are a sweet toothed emotional eater 2 months into being locked in your four walls.
In the old, pre-pandemic, days, I used to send Duncan to work with boxes of my test bakes unless they were completely inedible, but that’s out of the window now. Luckily, Duncan’s workmate – Anthony – happens to live nearby and he graciously agreed to take some of my test brownies off our hands. Unfortunately for him, my first batch was quite far off the mark – I experimented with using coconut flour and they were seriously dry. It might be why he refused the second batch (I don’t blame him), but then apparently he said ‘yes’ to the forth.
We went over there and, like last time, Duncan left a small package of brownies on his doorstep, but this time he curiously did not ring the doorbell. When I asked ‘why?’, he said he was worried that Anthony might change his mind. I was confused. ‘I thought you said he was keen and you didn’t actually bully him to take them’ I said. ‘I did not bully him, but I’d rather not give him a chance to back out of this’ I heard in response as we drove off.
Once we got home Duncan messaged Anthony on slack (Messenger for nerds, apparently – Duncan’s words, not mine!) but we have not heard back since so we do not know what has actually happened to our mystery package. It might have got swept off onto someone else’s porch as the wind has been crazy here or a dog ate it or someone stepped into it. We might have as well just composted the lot, Duncan!
So as by my own admission my first attempt at these were cardboard dry, these are anything but. I’ve tinkered with the flours, upped the amount of liquid used and adjusted the baking time for a tray of deliciously gooey vegan brownies laced with peanut butter that can be made gluten-free too! Although I am a late peanut butter convert, I am really devoted to it now and I especially enjoy it against the backdrop of dark chocolate – hence these brownies. The recipe is super easy and does not require any special equipment and I am hoping that it will bring you some joy this weekend.