Monday, August 17, 2009

Spiral Diner Cookbook: Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Have I mentioned I’m a big fan of Spiral Diner? The place rocks!

Okay—I’m a little biased. I used to work there. But I think it’s fair to say most DFW veg-heads agree.

Even VegNews Magazine thinks so. Once again, Spiral Diner is up for Best Vegetarian Restaurant in America by the publication. And why wouldn’t it be? Spiral Diner dishes out amazing vegan creations, and founders Amy McNutt and James Johnston are a couple of the coolest people on the planet!

Here at Dallas Vegan, we’ve been given the opportunity to test out recipes for Spiral Diner’s upcoming cookbook. Sweet gig, huh? So over the next few months, we’ll be posting photos of our favorite dishes and sharing our thoughts with you guys.

To start things off, we hit an old fave—Spiral Diner’s Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies. These brownies are some of the biggest sellers at the diner, and they also hold a special place in my heart. On my second day working at Spiral Diner Dallas, I almost ruined a large batch of them. Here’s what happened:

I failed to gather up all of my ingredients before starting the process, then realized I was short a few cups of flour after mixing several of the ingredients. I panicked! My manager, Kjersten, just laughed at me and told me to find Sara Tomerlin (owner of the Dallas branch). Luckily, Sara tweaked the recipe and made it work. But I did get put on dishes for the rest of my shift :)

This new home-size recipe is right on the money. Only problem is they’re wickedly good and so easy to make! 

So what's the problem? Well - I’m a single guy with an insatiable sweet tooth. Gonna have to hit the gym a little harder just to keep some around at all times! Take a look at the end results.

As much as I’d like to share the recipe with you fine folk, I’ve been sworn to secrecy. You’ll just have to wait until the cookbook hits the stands. But in the meantime, swing by Spiral Diner to find out why these Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies are such hot sellers!

And a shameless plug (for my non-local friends): check out my recent "Veggie Guy" adventures on the Dallas Observer’s City of Ate.


Anonymous said...

Those look fantastic!

kandikane78 said...

Wow.. that was the best brownie I ever had, and it was vegan, who knew!!!

Jen said...

holy jesus, buddha, moses, et al! those brownies! i could eat brownies for eva, and i'm not even joking--pregancy or no pregnancy.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, these look heavenly. I think I just drooled on the keyboard.

jmj said...

Thanks Eddie! There's plenty more recipes for you to try if you're willing.

Virginia said...

Any clues as to when this cookbook is going to be released? Their cookies are the best cookies I've ever had (as a vegan or not!).

Eddie G said...


Not sure about release date.

James? Anyone?

Virginia said...

I'll definitely have to keep my eyes peeled for it.

Thanks for the fast response though!

Lindsey said...

Any update on a release date for the cookbook?