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  1. Jonathon Clarke

    This is amazing ~ in a kismet-ish coincidence, after not having a Brownie for (literally) years, I weakened the other day while at Melbourne Airport, and sampled the wares offered by Able Baker Charlie. Scrummy! It now strikes me that, after you have gone to such trouble to pass along the recipe for these tasty morsels, it would be churlish of me, nay, downright rude, not to make them this evening. Purely out of good manners, you understand. Merci, Petale! :)

  2. Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne

    I’ve literally eaten entire jars of nutella over the past few days trying to get a crepe recipe right (it isn’t quite there yet how wonderful hahaha) so if this William fellow’s lower in sugar I really should get on it! Love the brownies, they look like decadent little truffles!!

  3. Jess

    I think avoiding Nutella and finding Nutella substitutes wherever possible is a verrrry good thing – I think Nutella is like 13% hazelnuts but ridiculous amounts of sugar and maybe some palm oil thrown in. I’ve been planning on making homemade Nutella for a while now but (1) I need to find somewhere that sells hazelnuts in bulk because I am not paying whatever the ridiculous price is for like 100g at Woolworths/Coles/wherever and (2) I’ve changed priorities to making a chocolate peanut spread first because I found a research article about it where the study aimed to figure out the most desirable ratio of chocolate:peanuts:whatever in terms of texture, taste, etc. I have no idea why that was important research to do, but hey, it got published. (Albeit in a very obscure journal.) So now I need to make this scientific chocolate peanut spread before moving onto hazelnuts.

    Never tried Sweet William, but I think the chicory in the ingredients would have deterred me (that dodgy coffee substitute that you think is coffee and then you realise you’re being deceived and even though it kind of tastes like coffee, it tastes enough NOT like coffee to be creepy and suspicious). But if it gets your thumbs-up… say no more.

    1. Jess

      Oh and – ahhh, labelling theory. A very close analogue of it in the psychology field is the self-fulfilling prophecy. Like women perform worse on maths tests because they’ve been told all their lives that females are worse at maths than males (likewise, males doing maths tests will perform better because society’s been telling them that they’re naturally better at maths than females – stereotype threat for females and stereotype lift for males with maths!). BUT… if you tell women, for example, that “this maths test has been shown to not detect gender/sex differences, so your results are definitely not dependent on being male or female”, suddenly females doing the exact same maths test will do just as well as males.

      It kind of boggles the mind to think how many people are unfairly advantaged or disadvantaged just because of arbitrary labels and stereotypes. *strokes imaginary goatee*

  4. Fiona

    I’ve tried their bars, like their sugar free one. It was okay, but got a bit fake sugar tasting after awhile

  5. K

    Looks good!

    I’m not a huge fan of sweet williams one though, I think it has too much of a soy after taste. There is another brand though which is nicer.

  6. chanel11

    I love that you paired them with peanut butter- making a good thing even better

  7. Vaala ◪

    I’ve tried it…a few years ago now though…and didn’t really like it. You might hate me after this but I just can’t stand chocolate spreads and I don’t really know why. I think I just don’t like that kind of thing on my toast or sandwiches ’cause it’s too sweet. I keep buying different ones because I love chocolate and think that surely I’ll love it but I end up having to use them in smoothies and baking to use them up.

  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I have to say that like bacon, everything really is better with peanut butter! :) And I’m charmed by the fact that you eat (or may not ;) ) peanut butter chips and chocolate sandwiches. I would expect nothing less. I’m sure you have a chocolate river outside your door too!

  9. Simply Life

    Ha, I love that you took on the “label” and have really owned it :) This looks great!

  10. Lauren

    Those look SO. GOOD. Especially in my sleep deprived miserable zombie-like state. And the Dunkin’ Donuts iced pumpkin latte I bought as a special once-in-a-while pick-me-up? BLEEGH. My whole under-30 female office crowd agreed; way too much fake syrupy stuff. But a nice (vegan!) nutella(-ish) brownie? Perfect. Fortunately, I’m blowing through cash this week anyway, so might as well stop at a coffee shop on the way home for one…

  11. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    haha – hearing her “patisserie-goddess voice teasing me with her veganising” – love it :)
    These look amazing!
    I’ve never tried the spread. I so want to now though!
    Heidi xo

  12. Monique@She's Going The Distance

    I think I would die if I had to substitute for Nutella. Literally, I cried a little inside. I want Nutella brownies :)

  13. Anna Johnston

    OMG. Just woke up & having my first coffee, sniggered & giggled at your post & comments…, & have decided I’m not up for witty banter yet, so just a thumbs up for the post today ;)

  14. Honey @ honeyandsoy

    Hah.. veganising! Love it! Never tried the other choc spread before, cos I just love Nutella too much!

  15. Camille

    Tee hee. I’m in your head! Or maybe I should say bwa ha ha. Yeah, that’s better. First: Nutella’s not vegan? What’s in there, milk? Second, I have been experimenting with the various natural/organic varieties of chocolate-hazelnut spread. The search is ongoing for a favorite. Thirdly – you can never go wrong with chili brownies!

  16. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Seriously Hannah, I have a problem. At first glance of the innards of the bite I swear I saw fig seeds. I blinked and looked again and they were gone.

    What is wrong with me? I have figs on the brain! Only with your cooking though. What is the universe trying to tell me?!?!!

  17. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Would you believe I found and ogled that same recipe, at that same blog, weeks ago, and went so far as to buy my co-worker Brett that cookbook for his birthday last week, only partly so I could first copy some recipes out of it, even though it’s not vegan, I wondered how/if flax would work for the egg, and now I’m fascinated by this “sweet william” spread, do they have that in small sizes that wouldn’t cost much to ship, perchance?

    I’m not sure why that was a run-on sentence, but there you have it :]

  18. Johanna GGG

    I haven’t tried the sweet vegan spread but having been told that nutella is not vegetarian maybe I should try it – I have tried making a “notella” but it wasn’t anything like Nutella – but I would guess it would go very well in these balls and I would eat lots and lots

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