This is a picture of brownies I made sometime last year, using this delicious recipe from Vegweb. I revisited this recipe again a little while ago and was going through the comments. I particularly love the comment “They’re just like the real thing…” Hmm, pet peeve of mine, particularly when I once in a while indulge in baking: that vegan products are somehow the “fake” version of the other products that contain dairy/egg.
This is sort of why I think naming anything “vegan” does more harm than it does good. It instantly puts weird associations and prejudices in different people’s heads. And when you do mention that something you made is “vegan”, instantly people are looking for the differences between that and the other recipes they’re used to… hence comparisons like “it tastes just like the real thing!”. I’m not a big baker person, but when I do bake, I usually try to make it as vegan as possible… that is no dairy, no eggs, no other animal products. It’s simple, and if you follow a good recipe you come out with a product that is tasty and delicious. If it’s not delicious, scrap the recipe, make something else. So let’s see… what makes a brownie? Chocolate – check. Square or rectangular shape – check. Cake-like texture – check. More chocolate – check. Deliciousness – check. That seems to be a brownie in my definition. It’s not a fake brownie just because it’s vegan. It doesn’t “taste just like the real thing”. It is the real thing. It has nutritional value. It’s fattening. It’s yummy. Put it in your mouth, eat it, it’s fun!
Anyway, I’m off to have my fake dinner. Rant done!