The Yoga of Baking

I’m taking a break from marathon watching House of Cards in order to write this post. Everyone needs to power through the season so we can talk about it without spoilers.


I’ve got theories I want to discuss and I can’t until everyone is caught up. So get to watching, okay?! That way we will have something to talk about other than “the dress“. 

One topic that is almost as divisive as that stupid dress is the proper texture of brownies. Some people like them dense and chewy, other crazy people like them cakey. If I want cakey, I will make a cake. Brownies should be dense and chewy, this is non-negotiable. I will negotiate nuts vs. no-nuts and frosting vs. no frosting, but the texture debate is not going to make it to congress in this house.


This week, I made chewy, dense, vegan brownies. The recipe was from Fran Costigan’s book Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts (affiliate link).  I used coconut oil in the recipe and you could really taste it. I love coconut, but if you don’t like it you should use a different oil when you make them. I did find the recipe online for you on Fran Costigan’s website here. That means you don’t need to buy the book to make them, but it’s great book if you need dairy/egg free chocolate recipes.

Speaking of chocolate, I’ve been busy photographing chocolate bars for the new website I’m launching with my partner. If you want to learn more about good quality chocolate, stay-tuned. The site should be up and running in a few weeks!


Now, off to enjoy the rest of the weekend…on the couch…with P.O.T.U.S. and F.L.O.T.U.S. Underwood!

  1. I always want to learn more about good quality chocolate so I’ll definitely stay tuned! People in the “cakey brownie camp” are totally nuts (I don’t care how inflammatory that proclamation is. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it!). I can’t wait to try this fudgy vegan brownie recipe. I’ve been re-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix like a total fiend – as soon as I get home from work every night, I sit my ass in front of the tv and spend hours bingeing. It’s glorious!

    • Jasmine Lukuku

      You are a smart and sensible woman who appreciates the finer things in life! 😉

  2. Great photos! I’ll have to give the recipe a try. You’re slowly converting me into a vegan baker 🙂 My current marathan-watching addiction is The IT Crowd on Netflix, a British comedy from a few years ago. I’ve actually watched all four seasons four times now. Is it time I watched something else, I wonder?

  3. These look soooo good! I totally agree with you too! Dense, fudgy and moist! Honestly, a cakey brownie is NOT a brownie, it would just be a snack bar or a piece of cake. Seriously. Brownies are one of the best things ever and if I want cake, I’ll make a cake!

  4. I’ve been spending some quality time with the underwoods myself lately. Things are getting sheisty and I love it… Adding brownies to my TV marathon is now a must after looking at these pics! Yum!

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