~ "By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; Through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." ~ "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing" ~ "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." ~ "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."~

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sweet Potato Brownies... Sweet#10

Sweet Potato Brownies...  a healthier version. This was one of my husband's favorite desserts from all the cookies in the "sweet series" I've been posting.... and this recipe happened to be the only non-cookie dessert of the bunch. Sure, he liked all the cookies I made, some more than others... but somehow he had a soft spot for these brownies. 

He loved the flavors, the nuts, the fudgy texture... maybe it was because I added some orange peel to the batter and used a good chocolate instead of the regular chocolate chips I normally use. But whatever the reason, my husband  now wants me to buy sweet potato... just to make these brownies:). So here is the last of the "sweets".... hope you've enjoyed the mini series. But, now ... on to other "healthier" recipes:). Hope you enjoy...

Note: I added some of the measurements in cups... as I measured on my scale... as well as changes I made to the original recipe. Feel free to check the original recipe.

You will need: adapted from Dan Lepard

100 grams ( I used 6 TBS) unsalted butter
125 grams dark chocolate, chopped* 
200 grams baked sweet potato puree(1 cup minus 3 TBS)
125 grams brown sugar (1/2 cup+2TBS+2tsp packed)
1 ex-large egg
1 TBS vanilla extract
100 grams plain flour (3/4 cup)
¼ tsp baking powder
pinch of salt 
75 grams chopped chocolate*
100 grams chopped pecans(about 1 cup half pieces of pecans before chopped)
1 TBS orange zest, optional
* I ended up using a dark Callebaut chocolate

1. Cook sweet potato(es)... either baked, steamed, or pressure cooked until soft. I ended up using my pressure cooker... peeled and cut sweet potato into chunks, placed them in the steamer basket and pressure cooked them for about 9 minutes or until fork tender. If you have some leftover cooked sweet potato puree from a previous meal( unsalted and unflavored), you could use that instead.
2. Place sweet potato chunks in food processor and process till smooth. Measure out 200 grams(or a scant cup...which is about a cup minus 3 TBS). Set aside.
  • Line an 8 inch square pan( or similar) with nonstick parchment paper.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 deg. F
1. Melt the butter in a saucepan, then add 125g of the chocolate and stir until chocolate is melted.
2. In a bowl, beat the sweet potato puree with the brown sugar until almost smooth. 
3. Mix in the melted butter /chocolate mixture. 
4. Add the egg, orange zest, and vanilla, beat until thick.
5. Stir in the flour and baking powder until evenly combined. 
6. Fold in the pecans and 75 grams of chopped chocolate.
7. Spread brownie batter in parchment lined baking pan and smooth the top.
8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until barely cooked but still a bit soft under the crust. I baked mine for 25 minutes. Leave to cool completely in the pan before cutting.


Speranta said...

Hi Ellie,trebuie sa incerc reteta,
poate chiar azi.Arata asa de bine!

Nu am mancat niciodata"Sweet Potato Brownies"...

Multumesc pentru reteta..

O,saptamana placuta sa ai!

Ellie said...

Speranta, O, este tare buna... cred ca ai putea folosi si cacao, daca nu ai ciocolata. Poate sa adaugi niste ulei cu cacao, ca o pasta... sa inlocuiesti ciocolata in reteta. Dar imi place mult idea cu "cartoful dulce"... plus are si nuci:).

Iti multumesc de vizita, si iti doresc si tie o zi buna!

Raia said...

Mmm... these look good. :) I will have to try a gluten-free version of them. :) I noticed one of your pictures is in Big Sky; is that where you are? I'm down in Bozeman. Nice to see a fellow Christian-Montanan-Foodie-Blogger. :)

Ellie said...

Raia, You could definitely make these brownies GF... great idea! I'm about 2 hours away from BigSky...not so close:)

Glad you stopped by. Always happy to hear from a fellow Christian... and a Montanan, a double blessing:).

Hope you can give these brownies a try...
Have a great day!

Mae said...

I've steamed my sweet potatoes and will try it later as now is 3:45 am... Question I don't like the soggy unbake inside shd I just bake till its "done"?

Ellie said...

Mae, Yes, you will need to cook longer if you don't like the fudgy interior.... just check on it and remove from oven when you think it's no longer "wet" inside. You may use a toothpick to check and see that there are no moist crumbs.
Ideally this recipe has a moist interior, but I am sure you can cook it longer, if you like. It will probably be more cake-like.

Mae said...

Thank you finally a brownie that I like and craving finally pleased...

I did bake little longer but still moist but not like gooey ones I used to make..

Ellie said...

Mae, That's wonderful... so glad you like it! Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad it worked out for you...