Posts tagged ‘vegan baking’

June 8, 2012

chai chocolate pansy cake

Remember a couple weeks back when I posted this delicious spelt espresso vegan cake recipe, well when I was enjoying a bite of this dense and moist cake I though about how great it would be with chai spice rather than espresso, and so I busted one out to take to a lovely dinner party, and I was right… it was FABULOUS with a spicy chai kick. My daughter picked little purple pop up pansies from all over the garden and they were the perfect finish for this divine vegan dessert.

I didn’t tweak too much from my original post but I did double the batch to yield a whopping 12” spring form pan that made for 12 hearty portions (easily could have served 24)

I used in this recipe both a chai concentrate liquid as well as a chai spice blend. If you don’t have both I am sure just the concentrate (or a stiff brewed chia tea) would do, but you may want to add a pinch of a few chai essential spices from your pantry; especially cardamom and cinnamon and clove.

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December 15, 2011

rye vegan fig squares

These squares were like GIANT fig newtons, only more wholesome. I used a recipe from the post punk kitchen and while it wasn’t the nicest dough to work with by far… it yielded exactly what it claimed to: fig newton-ness. Everyone thought they were tasty, and as always I put my own SOLE spin on their recipe. You can find the original recipe here, and my adaption below. I must confess the dough was really sticky and hard to manage but it sure created a smooth flat top crust. The nice thing about this recipe is you only bake it once, unlike most squares which you have to bake twice.

Simmer all filling ingredients together in a suacepan over medium heat until it becomes a nice jam consistancy, about 15 minutes, adding a touch more water as needed

Filling:

1 lb dried figs cut into small pieces ( i wish I had cut each fig 6-8 times rather than the 4 I opted for)

1 cup water

the juice from 1 lemon

a pinch of cardamom

1/3 cup of maple syrup

Bring together in food processor:

2 tablespoons ground flax seed

1/4 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup olive oil

3/4 cup organic cane sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tbsp molasses

Sift flours and powders together in bowl and slowly add to wet mix, pulsing in processor until  a shaggy sticky ball starts to form.

1 cup whole spelt flour

1 cup rye flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of sea salt

Once combined work dough into a ball on a very well floured counter top, when you can pick up the dough and handle it as a whole, divide in half, and using wax paper or silpat well floured roll each half into 8×8 squares

oil or baking parchment prep a small square pan

flop your first dough layer on the bottom and press in flat, then spread fig mixture over the entire surface. Finally flop the 2nd dough layer on top and bake for 25 minutes at 350 or until golden brown.

allow to cool before cutting into tasty bites. enjoy.

October 8, 2011

hemp granola bar perfection

I am glad after all these attempts I hadn’t give up on making granola bars, otherwise I never would have made it to this place of granola perfection. I have had many a pan of granola bar turn into brittle crumbly tooth chipping cereal, or worse… softy chewy falling wads of oats. I have had them all, and from a baker who doesn’t especially enjoy graonla bars… I was all set to put my attempts aside forever, except that my family loves them and is always buying boxes of $7 over-packaged organic granola bars box at the store… which I wince at time and time again.

This recipe was inspired from the whitewater resort recipe book, only I put my standard SOLE spin on it.. whole grains, vegan, no GMO, less sugar, you know the drill.

So if your anything like me and your shoulders hackle at the thought of another failed attempt.. then you have my word this recipe will bring you to the delicious state of granola bar perfection.

warm your oven to 350

While its warming toast the following items in it for 10-15 minutes (depending on what temp you put them in at)

1 cup coconut

1 cup hemp seeds

1 cup mixed seeds (sunflower, millet, sesame, flax, and chia)

meanwhile in a large bowl combine

1 cup oil (I used 1/4 hemp oil, 3/4 grape seed oil)

1.5 cups almond butter

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup organic rice syrup

1 cup cane sugar or brown sugar

blend well then add:

6 cups oats (I used half quick oats and half rolled)

1 cup dried fruit

1 cup chocolate chunks

all the toasted seeds and nuts

 

Once eveything is combined well press mixture into a silpat sheet lined 18×12 baking tray and cook for 25 minutes. It should be just golden when it;s ready to come out of the oven, allow to cool for about 5 minutes before cutting bars (in the pan still) then allow them to cool entirely.

 

 

 

May 8, 2011

vegan spelt chocolate cashew cookies

 These little cookies remind me of the quintessential home made cookie. A little crisp on the bottom, and flatter than the thick gooey cookies my retail store made, but no lesser of a cookie. The spelt flour I have right now is very white (although unbleached) and it makes for old school feeling treats. This recipe take nothing more than a single bowl a spatula and 15 minutes of your life, the time / pleasure ration is pretty high here.

In a large bowl mix

2 cups spelt flour

2 tsp bp

1 tsp bs

pinch sea salt

1/2 cup organic cane sugar

1/4 cup almonds

1/4 cup cashews

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

In a glass measure potion all of the below

1/2 cup organic vegatable oil

2 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup maple syrup

pour wet over dry and mix portion and bake on parchment in a 350º oven for 12 minutes  & enjoy

March 8, 2011

Punk Rocker Chocolate Drops

I couldn’t decide what to call these fabulously chocolate-y  vegan cookies, but I found the inspirational starting point for this recipe at the post punk kitchen, thus my Punk Rocker Chocolate  title. I tweaked this recipe a bit by taking out the standard wheat flour and replacing it with a blend of Buckwheat /Hemp and Kamut (I posted this as a WF/GF recipe because brown rice flour would be ideal in place of Kamut to keep this GF, however I just ran out and my partner is OK with ancient wheat grains, new discovery on the allergy front… yeah!)

I have a small confession to make… I actually HATE cookies. I know you are thinking no one on the planet hates cookies, and I know this is a true fact, because back in my city life I owned two cookie companies, and I did pretty well catering to the cookie cravings of the rest of the planet. Ok so now you’ll understand that after a decade of  making millions of cookies I don’t actually eat them, crave them, or enjoy them almost ever. Well this morning something happened… the universe has shifted, because I actually ate 3 of these! 3!

This speaks volumes at just how wicked these babies are!

YOU’LL NEED

2 cups organic (gluten free if applicable) Oats

1/2 + 1/3 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cup kamut flour (or Rice flour for GF cookies)

1/3 cup hemp flour

2/3 cup cocoa powder

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

pinch of sea salt

1 cup organic cane sugar

1/2 cup hemp seeds

2/3 cup chocolate almond milk (you could use regular)

2/3 cup canola oil

2 tsp pure vanilla

1 cup fair trade dark chocolate chips.

Portion cookies and bake on baking parchment at 350º for  12-16 minutes.(depending on how big you make the cookies) I used a 1 oz mechanical ice cream scoop and yielded 30 super stellar cookies!

March 8, 2011

cha cha cha chia!

 

Amazing Vegan Gluten Free Super Power Squares!
Packed full of energy and essential fatty acids these are not only the most requested recipe I have, they are a personal favourite! I have made a raw variation of this snack too, which I am happy to share if anyone requests it.

YOU’LL NEED

1 1/2 cups crispy brown rice cereal

1/2 cup raw sliced almonds

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup hemp seeds

2 tablespoons whole chia seeds

1/4 cup flax seed

1 cup dried Medjool dates (about 6 ounces), pitted

1/4 cup natural smooth unsalted almond butter

1/4 cup brown rice syrup

1/2 teaspoonsea salt

1/2 teaspoon real vanilla

1 Tbsp pure cocoa powder

Toast cereal and nuts and seeds in oven for about 15 minutes (until aromatic and lightly browned) and then allow to cool for a few minutes before  pulsing the  mixture in a food processor  about 5 (1-second) pulses. Transfer to a medium bowl; set aside.

Place dates in the food processor and process until finely chopped and a ball forms, about 15 seconds; set aside.

Place almond butter, rice syrup, salt, and vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until mixture is combined and runs like slow-moving lava, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, immediately add dates and cocoa powder, and, using a wooden spoon, stir, smashing down on the dates, until well combined and no streaks of cocoa remain. Pour / spoon hot syrup over cereal mixture and stir, pressing as you do, until evenly combined. (This takes some muscle and time, about 5 minutes.) Transfer to the prepared baking pan and, using your hands, spread and firmly press the mixture into the pan. Let cool completely.

Remove the date-seed slab from the pan. Cut it in desired size bars and keep in an air tight container or you can freeze them.

* I have a sweet little vintage flower  biscuit cast iron pan I often use to form these, in which case I call them chia flower power!

 

March 3, 2011

Cosmic Collision Cookies

This is what happens when you dump all the seeds you have in the pantry in to a giant bowl and lace them with chocolate, molasses, coconut and spelt, a cosmic cookie collision of flavour and texture! I make a version of these best selling cookies at the cafe and they have become a valley favourite! Funny too because the gal who originated this recipe now lives in this very valley, as the storey goes… she created the cosmic cookie recipe for Planet Organic, which got published (without her knowledge I hear), the recipe ended up in the hands of a vegan baker friend of mine, who shared a version on her blog, I made it at the cafe, and now make a little different version at home. So here is my homespun cosmic cookie.

This cookie is vegan and uses spelt flour (however I have used kamut and barley flour both successfully as a variation)

mix in HUGE bowl

3/4 cup  oil

1 cups rice / almond / hemp or soy milk

1/4 cup molasses

1 cup cane sugar

1 Tbsp cinnamon

2 tsp salt

add dry:

2 cups spelt flour

2.5 cups oats

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1/4 cup flax seed

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 cup coconut

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup dried fruit (raisins or currants, or cranberries)

Mix everything together, portion with a scoop or by hand and bake at 350º for 15-18 minutes. So quick and easy to make the beaming approval and gushing praise will make you feel almost like you  cheated!