I saw a Lent-friendly recipe on Maryline’s blog En Direct d’Athènes. It was for a large chocolate cake in which the butter (forbidden) was replaced by tahini and the milk (forbidden) replaced by rum!
I thought: Why don’t I try to make a brownie for Lent? Or just any day! I would use our tahini as the only fat in it as well and replace the rum with orange juice.
Not only is this brownie delicious, but it is also easier to make than pancakes! no need for a mixer, all one needs is a bowl, a wooden spoon and a sifter. I halved the recipe (hers yielded two cakes) and I will only recommend that you line your cake pan with parchment or wax paper.
That brownie is moist in the middle, crispy at the top and will leave you the (intoxicating) aftertaste of halvah in your palate. What more can one ask for?
- 4.5 ounces Baking chocolate, such as 60 or 70% bittersweet, 125 g (can use chocolate chips)
- 5 1/3 ounces of tahini (don’t forget to stir the jar before pouring) or 150 g.
- 5 1/3 ounces of all-purpose flour (150 g.)
- 1 heaping teaspoon of Baking Powder
- 5 1/3 ounces of powdered sugar (150 g.)
- 5 1/3 ounces of orange juice, freshly squeezed preferably (150 g.)
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave following directions on the package; it took 1 minute, 15 seconds to melt the bar. You can also melt it in a double-boiler if you prefer.
- Mix the tahini, orange juice and rum or other liqueur in a large bowl. Add the melted chocolate and the powdered sugar. Mix well.
- Add the flour and baking powder through a sifter into the mixture. Mix well.
- Grease an 8 inch baking pan and line with parchment. Pour the batter and spread it as evenly as possible. Heat the oven to 350F and bake the brownies 15 to 20 minutes. Serve.
/www.wikeez.com/en/music/watch-yara-lapidus-video-le-cedre-6213. This is a short clip shot in Lebanon by Yara Lapidus, wife of designer Olivier Lapidus (whose father Ted dressed the Beatles). Yara is a Lebanese-born musician and this is a song (in French) from her new album.