Hey everyone! Some (many?) of you may remember my brownie kickstarter from last year. Well even though it was just for fun and only a handful of people backed it, I do intend to get you all your brownies! I haven’t delivered because all my attempts to make a full batch (1 bag of Soylent) have resulted in very sub-par results.
It’s been incredibly frustrating, and I went through so many bags of Soylent and got so annoyed, I actually got fed up with baking brownies and haven’t done a batch in a couple months. Instead, I turned to cookies. Fortunately I was able to nail an absolutely amazingly delicious cookie recipe, and I will be sending everyone cookies as well, as an extra bonus for being so patient.
But, I still need to nail the perfect brownie, and I’m hoping to get some help from this forum.
My suspicion on the problems with the brownies is that I’ve been trying to make them with as little “extra” ingredients as possible. But my only past experience making brownies (including following @leecauble1’s tasty Soylent brownie recipe) always involved adding things like eggs, milk, etc. While those are tasty, I feel like they kinda defeat the point to baking with Soylent, so I’m trying to make brownies without so many of the “usual” added ingredients and that seems to be very challenging! I’ve done zillions of searches and read tons of recipes on “gluten free brownies” and “vegan brownies” etc. and have adapted numerous recipes to Soylent, but again… nothing has really turned out. I’ve done a few small batches (1 cup Soylent) that actually came out nearly perfect. Quite tasty in most cases but the texture was usually a little off, or they were too crumbly, or sticky, etc. But so close!
So can any of the more baker-inclined in the forum, offer me some advice? I also currently have the option of baking with 1.2, 1.3 (probably work the same), or 1.5 Soylent. I’ve done cookies with 1.4 and they came out great, but have only tried brownies with < 1.4. What do I need to do to get a “perfect” brownie out of an entire bag of Soylent? Here’s what I have listed as my “next try” recipe:
1 bag soylent powder (<= 1.3) 1/2 cup cacao powder 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 tsp kosher salt mix dry ingredients together in medium bowl 4 Tbls oil (or 1 bottle) 2/3 cup water 1tsp vanilla extract mix wet together in large bowl mix dry ingredients into wet, pour into pan. Cook 40 mins at 350 degrees
Again this is my “next test” recipe so I haven’t tried it yet, but have done variations that are similar. Where am I going wrong? Any suggestions on what to tweak, without adding eggs or a leavening agent?