Monday, January 24, 2011

Recipe Review: Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Brownies

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Brownies

2c Peanut Butter, natural, creamy
2c Sugar
4   Eggs
2tsp Vanilla extract
1/4 tsp Salt, table
1/4c Molasses

Preheat oven to 350

Mix all ingredients together.
Pour into greased 9 by 13-inch pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Let cool and cut into 4 by 5-inch pieces.

Ease of Preparation: This recipe could not have been simpler. It took approximately 10 minutes to prepare and mix all of the ingredients. Molasses might be something the average person wouldn’t have in their kitchen, like in my case, and might require a trip to the store. The cooking time was a little off however. The recipe said to cook for 20-25 minutes but it ended up taking around 30 minutes to fully cook the brownies.

Quality of Recipe: The recipe was easy to follow and the instructions were clear. I added a ½ cup of melted chocolate to the recipe, just to make things more exciting. Like I said before, the cooking time was incorrect and would need to be adjusted to 30-35 minutes.

Taste: I was interested to try gluten free cooking, in particular, baking. I was curious to see just how different the taste and texture was from traditional baking. At first glance, the brownies looked very appetizing; however, after cutting into them I realized their dense and somewhat oily looking texture. As I took my first bite I was pleasantly surprised by the consistency of the brownie but the taste was not good. The molasses used in the recipe overpowered the peanut butter and the chocolate and created an unpleasant taste.

Overall, I would not recommend this recipe but it will not be the last time I try gluten-free cooking. Hopefully I’ll have better luck next Sunday!

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