Wednesday, August 6, 2008

You say potato, I say... Brownie!

Are you all about confort food? Do you like brownies? Do you like mashed potatoes? Have you ever thought about joining them? Well, I have...

Mashed potato brownies

A while ago my neighbour brought me a nice almond cake. I love almond anything so I started eating it right away. It was very moist and soft and I told her:

"This is so moist I bet it has no flour, I bet there's only almond meal in there"

She started smiling and said:

"Well, you got the no flour part right. But there's not only almond, there's a secret ingredient. They have mashed potato!"

Over the weekend I had leftover mashed potato and decided to tweak her almond cake recipe to make brownies. Because the cake itself had a brownie like texture, I though it would make a nice brownie, plus it would be gluten-free!

You can have your meal and dessert at the same time with these! Talk about convinience!

MASHED POTATO BROWNIES (gluten-free)

  • 120 gr (4.3 oz) almond meal
  • 165 gr (5.9 oz) mashed potato
  • 225 gr (8 oz) sugar
  • 45 gr (1.6 oz) butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 90 gr (3.2 oz) dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Melt the chocolate with the butter in the microwave, add the sugar and mix well, reserve. On another bowl mix the almond meal and mashed potatoes with a spoon, add the eggs, one by one, the vanilla and the cocoa powder. Add the reserved chocolate mixture and combine both, without overmixing it. Bake at 180º C (350ºF) in a buttered pan. I can't really tell you how much mine took, beacuse I forgot to look at the time when I put them in the oven, but I'm guessing about 20-25m. Just make sure to check it after 15m or so and don't overbake them.

I have used mashed potatoes to make sandwich bread before, I like using it because it gives the bread a soft crumb. I also liked what it did for these brownies, I liked their density and their intense "chocolanitess". I don't know if I would do mashed potato on purpose, but whenever I have it leftover I will sure repeat these!

I know the Evil Chef Mom Krista will like a sweet treat to go with all the other potato dishes. She's hosting Potato Ho Down this month.

UPDATE: Here's a lot of potatoes in the round-up!

46 comments:

Lina said...

no way! that is sooooo cool!!! Mashed potato brownies? you rock!

Ann said...

That's pretty amazing and not something I would ever have thought of.

Candy said...

Wow! I'm going to have to remember this trick!

Candy

noble pig said...

NO WAY! You totally did not! I can't even believe it. This is amazing and thanks so much for playing this month! Yahoo!

Tanya said...

These look really moist and delicious. I would never guess there were mashed potatoes in them. I will have to try this sometime! Thanks!

Katrina said...

Interesting! They look really good. Will have to try that next time there's leftover mashed potatoes.

Lisa said...

Wow, this is terrific! Great for all the people with wheat allegies.

Sarah said...

I've added taters to cake and banana bread before but never brownies... must try this!

Jude said...

Interesting recipe - I bet this has a really nice satisfying texture.

Dwire Family said...

Found your Blog by accident - I could lick the screen - Great Blog!

Dee said...

This is very cool, CC!

Here's a thought, if I made a zucchini-chocolate-potato brownie, it would be like dinner and dessert in a tray. Hmm...

Shari said...

I'd never heard of mashed potato brownies! They look good!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Adam said...

Cookie, you once again blow my mind :) Mashed potatoes in brownies? Sure why not? I bet the texture is nice and creamy, and I love the fact it is gluten free.

I'm going to tell my mom about this, she'll be crazy go nuts :)

linda said...

Yes, yes, yes, no...never thought about using it in cake. I've seen beans added to brownies but no potatoes....very interesting (and delicious!)

Jenny said...

Now who would have thought of that!? I have got to give this a try out of complete curiosity!

Dawn said...

no kidding? Never heard of that. Did the brownies taste potatoe-y? Probably not because the chocolate overpowers that right?
I'm dying to try this now.

Sharon said...

Absolutely perfect entry into the potato ho down! I suppose bread is good with potatoes, why not brownies!

I wonder what sweet potatoes would be like...

Aran said...

que curioso! habra que probarlos!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Fascinating. I once saw a recipe for reduced fat chocolate truffles that used mashed potatoes.

I'm actually drooling over the almond part. I'll bet that just gave them fantastic flavor.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Lina- Lol! Glad you liked them!

Ann- Thank you!

Candy- yes, try it next time you have leftover mashed potato!

Cathy- I just knew you were gonna like these!

Tanya- Oh yes, moist is the word for them.

Katrina- Yes, do it!

Lisa- That's what I thought too!

Sarah- It was a first for me too!

Jude- Yes it does!

Dwire- Some accidents are good things!

Dee- You are totally right!

Shari- I have never seen them before either...

Adam- Tell me if your mom likes them!

Linda- I've seen the ones with black beans also yesterday. Such a coincidence...

Jenny- You curious you!

Dawn- No they didn't. They were very "chocolaty" and "almondy", lol.

Sharon- Sweet potatoes might be even better, must try it next.

Aran- Pues si!

Disorder cook- I'm also an almond freak. Trufles with potatoes? Hum that's something to try!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Wow, what an interesting recipe...would never of thought of it myself, but they look great!

Maggie said...

I clicked on this at New Tastings because I couldn't believe that mashed potatoes would add anything good to brownies. But after seeing the recipe and how they're with almond meal it sounds like a good idea. I have to save this to try when I'm cooking for the gluten-free people in my life.

Oakley Rhodes said...

that is such a great idea. When I first saw the picture I thought you had used those purple potatoes!

OLGUIS said...

this is amazing I new try that before brownies with mashpotatoe thats great.
olga.

T.J.'s Mommy said...

Seems like the perfect use for instant mashed potatoes! These look amazing!

Joe Horn said...

Wow, very cool, great photos too!

morgana said...

¡Genial! sin gluten y delicioso... Esto hay que probarlo.

A mí me traen por la calle de la amargura unas galletas de patatas fritas que no acabo de conseguir. Seguiré probando. Y los brownies patateros van también a la lista de pendientes.

Lore said...

Wow, how creative! I would've never thought about making a brownie using mashed potatoes, I did however used mashed potatoes for a cake and loved it.

Shreya said...

amazing.. potato brownies.. wish I could have them now!

Jeanine said...

Oh wow, too cool! AND they are gluten free, total bonus! Who would have thought of mashed potatoes in brownies...great job!

queenoftheclick said...

I have to try this recipe. I would never have thought to use potato in the recipe.

Jerry Seinfeld's wife, Jessica puts vegetables into a lot of her foods (including brownies). See recipe here:

http://family.go.com/food/recipe-281285-deceptively-delicious-brownies-t/

Vera said...

Rita, this is very interesting recipe. And the brownies look just right - very fudgy and moist!

Hannah said...

This is great! I actually use mashed potatoes to make vegan lemon curd, so I'm glad that I'm not the only one looking toward the spud for desserts!

Sophie said...

That's such a creative, uncanny way to make brownies gluten-free! Amazing, will definitely keep this in mind :).

Emiline said...

YOU CRAZY GIRL! These are a great idea.

Kevin said...

Using mashed potatoes in brownies sounds interesting. They look really good!

Bren@Flanboyant Eats said...

love this... so novel!!

Jaime said...

woah - potatoes?! really?

Reeni said...

These look so delicious, I never would of known they had potatoes in them!!

Ivy said...

This is a brilliant idea. I have gotta try these! :0)

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Mashed Potatoes how cool. They look to die for. I have to make these.

mavele said...

I did it!, I tried your recipe and it is fabulous. Everybody loves those brownies, specially the children. Thank you very much!

Lori said...

I saw these on Tastespotting today and she linked back to your site. TI must try these, they look great!

Anna said...

I Googled mash potato brownies and this came up! Ha ha.

Rita, these look good. I don't have any almond flour, though. Boo Hoo.

Dazy said...

This recipe is really going to keep me busy in the kitchen with all its glamor. This is another must for the weekend! My kids would just hug me for this.

TN Lizzie said...

What size pan did you use?
I doubled the recipe, used a 9x13 pan, and checked it at 15, 20, and 25 minutes. It was looking almost-overdone around the edges, but the inside "jiggled" and a toothpick came out covered with liquid. I took it out anyway.

After letting it sit for 15 minutes, my family and I tasted 5 of the edge pieces. It was wonderful, except that I didn't get the almonds ground up fine enough...

I've put the rest of it back in the oven to try and bake the inside some more...

I will just have to keep trying the recipe until I get it right. DD volunteered to lick the mixing dishes clean, so I'm thinking it is a hit.

I haven't shown DH the recipe yet, but I think this is fun to make on April Fool's Day!

Thanks for sharing this recipe!