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Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Red bean brownies! LOW FAT!!!**
INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup butter (55g) 55g red bean paste 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/3 cup macademia nuts (optional)
DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour (using cocoa powder) an 8 inch square pan. In a large saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, red bean paste, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Add nuts if using. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.
Comments: when i read somewhere that beans can be used as to replace fat in recipes, i was very intrigued with the theory and dug out my most reliable brownie recipe to test it out. I made two batches, one regular and one with half fat, half red bean paste. Out ff 10 people, only 1 could guess correctly which one was the low fat brownie and she wasn't very sure too...
:) So it's a success!!!
Oh...how to cook the red bean paste?? Hmmm...for the quantity required in this recipe, i reckon u need only about 2 tbs raw red beans...soak them overnight, discard the water and then boil and then simmer them til they r soft...secret is to not add too much water initially, just an inch over them is fine...otherwise they'll stay hard..drain and mash and they r ready to be used.
**50% of the fat in this recipe has been replaced with protein with no discernible change in taste or texture!! it's about 4.5g per serve ... 4.5 g is slightly less than a tsp of fat...for brownies, that's considered v good...haa...fudge brownies can have up to 35g ???!!! Almost 2 tablespoons of fat in one slice...wow...can't believe it myself too... :P
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