Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Posh Brownies

It's Jan and almost everyone is on a health diet of some kind. I've never really been good at that - poor, no self control and all but I thought I would make an effort and *try* to make something a little healthier.  I remember reading about brownies made with mayonnaise which is supposed to be healthier.  I happened to have a jar of extra light mayonnaise so I thought I'd give it a go. The recipe is from Hellmann's and they name it posh brownies so how bad can it be? They state that it's 55% less saturated fat than if prepared with butter. 

It's a fairly simple brownie recipe with the usual suspects and the addition of mayonnaise instead of butter. I overbaked mine slightly so they were a little on the chewy side but I have to say I was quite impressed with these brownies. It's not buttery and fudgy but it still tastes like a brownie. It's fairly moist and light and I like the added crunch of the nuts. I'm not sure if it would taste different if I made it with full fat mayonnaise. Has anyone else tried this recipe?

Anyway at least I can feel virtuous eating these brownies....as long as I don't eat the whole tray!! :) 

I am entering these to bake-along brownies over at Bake for Happy Kids 

 star ingredient - mayonnaise 

 adding the mayo

 ready to go in the oven 

 slightly overbaked! oops 

Recipe from Hellmanns website 

40g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
25g cocoa powder
140g plain chocolate, broken into small pieces
3 eggs
225g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
110g mayonnaise
55g walnuts, finely chopped (I didnt have any so used chopped mixed nuts instead)

  • Preheat the oven to 160C.
  • Grease and line a 23cm square tin.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into a bowl and set aside.
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar and vanilla essence.
  • Add the slightly cooled, melted chocolate into this mixture and mix well.
  • Next fold in the flour.
  • Add the mayonnaise and chopped nuts.
  • Pour into the tin and bake for about 30 - 35 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 
  • Allow to cool in the tin before slicing. 


  1. Wow, that's crazy! I've never heard of this before but I am very intrigued. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Brownies made with mayonnaise?! Never heard of that before. They look delicious, even if you cooked them longer than you intended.

  3. Interesting... Does it have any taste of mayo in it?

  4. I've made mayo cake before and always loved it (a rich moist chocolate cake using mayo instead of eggs & oil), never though to do so with brownies. The sound good, I'll have to give these a try!

  5. it's indeed interesting using mayo in subsitute of butter and like the way you described it that it's still moist and light too! now that's another way of using mayo!

  6. I'm very happy and honored to have you baking-along with us. Your posh brownies is great way to kick start a healthier 2012! I have heard of chocolate cake made of mayo but not brownies. I wonder if the full fat mayo will make any difference. Nevertheless, sometimes it is better to think less and enjoy all yummy food :D

  7. very interesting, i will give this a try next time, curious on how the taste and texture
    thks for sharing, looks yummy indeed :)

  8. That's interesting, mayo in a brownie... you should do a taste test with original brownies, half fat mayo and full fat mayo!!

  9. Haha BakingAddict - your first few sentences are funny... "I thought I would make an effort and *try* to make something a little healthier"... and then you make brownies! LOL :D I've never heard of brownies made with mayo before, but I love mayo, and I love brownies... so what's not like, eh? :D They look the part, and if you say they're healthier than the butter version then that's good enough for me :D

  10. WOW,, This is so LOVELY & CRAZY, Thank you for sharing :)

  11. Well I never - I have never seen mayo in brownies before - but then there is alot of things i have not seen before! Glad your oven is back on track. Mayo madness!

  12. I've heard about using mayo in baking, these look so good! :D

    Nom! x

  13. Hazel - I was really excited to try it and I'm glad I did :)

    Jo - I've never either until now. Will definitely make these again. Less baking time and smaller tray!

    Cookie Sleuth - cant taste the mayo at all!

    Andrea - I'll have to try a mayo cake too! I wasnt sure about these but I really do like them :)

    lena - its very interesting indeed and it turned out well.

    Zoe - thanks for hosting. I may try it with full fat mayo but I suspect it wont make much difference.

    Alice - Do give it a try, its really good :)

    Lauralovescakes - taste test would defeat all attempts at healthy! lol.

    Charles - LOL what else would you expect from me? ;P no salad cake here! I really am impressed with the taste and will definitely try them again. The healthier bit is a bonus.

    LoLy - thanks :)

    cakeboule - so pleased oven is working again :) hope I don't wear it out too soon! lol.

    Nom - thanks :)

  14. Love mayonnaise brownies. What a great recipe for posh brownies.. :-)

  15. i've seen this recipe and wondered if it would work - it clearly does! YOu're a braver baker than me!

  16. This is a lovely brownie! I have seen recipes using mayo but have not tried it myself! Thank you for sharing and for baking along with us! Have a nice day!

  17. Janet - thanks, they really were quite good :)

    Rebecca - indeed, I had to read it twice to be sure!

    caked crusader - thanks! I'm glad I tried it and that it worked :)

    Kitchen flavours - thanks and it was great fun baking along with you

  18. Very interesting, never seen a recipe for brownies with mayo but why not? It just eggs and oil ;-) So easy to over bake brownies but they look good;-)

  19. I have never made brownies with mayonnaise before, sounds interesting.

  20. Oh my goodness I have to try these! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us! :D

  21. Mayonnaise in brownies?! If you definitely can't taste it I'd be tempted to give them a go, they do look delicious :-)

  22. Pacheco Patty - yes it works well indeed.

    words of deliciousness - I'm glad I tried it :)

    Lorraine - I hope you do and that you like them :)

    thelittleloaf - you definitely can't taste the mayo (i used extra light) apparently full fat mayo would taste a little different but I haven't tried it.

  23. Hmm brownies, I have heard of people doing this before - I have a hatred of mayonnaise at the best of times though so not sure I could bring myself to do it - even though you don't taste it, the smell kind of puts me off too!! haha...but I definitely wouldn't turn up my nose at trying one of yours!

  24. love to try this soon, wat a funny idea.


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