Friday, November 16, 2012

Peanut Butter Brownie Sandwiches

This recipe is from Vegan Sandwiches Save The Day by Tamasin Noyes and Celine Steen.

Recipe: see page 171 of Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day.
All this week I have been participating in the Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day Blog Tour, the new cookbook from Tamasin Noyes (American Vegan Kitchen) and Celine Steen (Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites).

You can see a lot of photos related to the book and blog tour on the  Pinterest board for Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day that I set up . Hopefully that will give you a better idea of the types of sandwiches you can make with this cookbook.

One of the interesting things about this book is that it features a few desserts in sandwich form. There are recipes for Sesame Berry Ice Cream Sandwiches, Mango Butter and Ginger Whoopie Pies, Oreo Wafflewich, and this one for Peanut Butter Brownie Sandwiches.

I am absolutely awful when it comes to making baked goods like cookies. My oven cooks things unevenly. Anything towards the corners on a cookie sheet will come out much darker than what is in the middle of the sheet. I've tried rotating the sheets midway through cooking, and putting them on different shelves. Everything always bakes unevenly. I don't do baked goods that often, so I suppose it's not a big deal.

So, I'm not really sure these brownie sandwiches baked the way they are supposed to. They look pretty, but they seemed kind of dense. I went back and made sure I used the correct flour (a common error I seem to make), and everything was in order. I liked the taste, but when I bit into it, the brownie was so dense and heavy that it smooshed out all the peanut butter from the inside, and I had that all over my hands and very little icing was still inside the sandwich.

I put the rest of them in the fridge for a little while before taking them over to my parent's house, and that made the peanut butter icing harden up a bit. My mom and dad loved them, and the peanut butter didn't smoosh.  Not sure if I made them right, but as long as people like them, right?

Tomorrow I will be doing the Carnitas Sandwiches from the book, which are made with canned green jackfruit. I've got that marinating in the fridge right now.

(brownies) nondairy butter (Earth Balance used here), brown sugar, vanilla extract, plain nondairy yogurt, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sea salt.

(frosting) creamy salted unsweetened peanut butter, vegan shortening, powdered sugar, vanilla extract.