Last Sunday Neets set about making some brownies for us. We had some Flora Cuisine to try out, and one of the suggested recipes was for brownies.
I may not like chocolate per se, but am partial to an odd brownies here and there.
Neets loves making things in the kitchen, so I gave her the recipe and let her get on with it. With a little guidance when it came to hot things.
So here is how she did it.
Broke 115g of plain chocolate into a glass bowl and melted it over a pan of hot water.
Then Neets added 4 tablespoons of Flora Cuisine.
In a separate bowl, she put 3 eggs, 225g of castor sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Then whisked until creamy and thickened.
She then added the ingredients together, along with 40g of plain flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 55g of natural yogurt.
The recipe suggests 85g of flaked almonds, but we missed these out as I cannot eat nuts.
All this was mixed gently, then poured into a greased tin. Popped in the oven and cooked at gas mark 3, 160°C, for 45-55 minutes.
We’ve never used Flora Cuisine before. I’ve seen it in the supermarket, but wasn’t sure what it was for. So I was intrigued to be able to try some, and see how it worked. To look at, it’s like yellow mayonnaise. It poured from the bottle like sauce. In this respect it is very easy to use.
What exactly is it? It’s a blended vegetable emulsion that can be used in all types of cooking, including frying and baking. It’s healthier because it has 45% less saturate fat than olive oil.
Did it work as well when making the brownies? Yes! Definitely, it was easy to use and the brownies were delicious.
I’ve also used it for frying mushrooms, which worked well. No sticking, no burning, and they didn’t seem greasy.
For a healthier diet we need to be aware of our fat intake, and reduce where possible. Using healthier alternative such as Flora Cuisine is ideal. Although I’m not saying for a moment that eating chocolate brownies is healthy! But eaten in moderation, we can get away with them now and then.
I really like Flora Cuisine and highly recommend trying it out. You may just like it too.
FUSS FREE LIVING RATINGS FOR FLORA CUISINE
Taste 10/10 I didn’t eat it from the bottle, and nor would I, but when used for frying mushrooms it worked well and didn’t taint or spoil the natural flavours. There was no overpowering oily taste.
Value 7/10 RRP is £1.98/500ml. When using Flora Cuisine, you use the equivalent in grams to litres. ie. 50g margarine = 50 ml Flora Cuisine. It’s a little more expensive than the basic block margarine or butter I would use for baking, but I liked the results. It’s also on offer at the moment, half price at Tesco.
Convenience 10/10 Really easy to use, and makes it easy to cream for cake mixtures.
Nutritional value per 100g
Suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets. Contains soya.
Comes in a plastic bottle suitable for recycling.
Available to buy from supermarkets rrp £1.98
Thank you for our Flora Cuisine