The only vegan in the village.

April 21, 2008

Procrastination Cookies

Filed under: only vegan food — by debs @ 3:52 pm
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I really, REALLY should have been writing two essays today, however whilst my head sensibly said ‘write the essays’ my heart (and my belly) said ‘make cooooookies’. Never being one to listen to my head (when will I learn?) I went with the cookies…

firstly Chewy Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

and Oatmeal Raisin

*right now* they were totally worth blowing off the essays for, however, I may not say the same thing when I’ve done a couple of late-nighters trying to get the work done!!

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April 2, 2008

Vanilla Slices

Filed under: only vegan food — by debs @ 4:20 pm

Another spur of the moment thing – just to see if they would work.  I used unsweetened puff pastry as that’s what I had in…next time I will make a sweetened flaky pastry as the puff pastry was okay but not 100% perfect…flaky would be a definite improvement.

Vanilla slices

Vanilla slices

Recipe as follows:-

Ingredients (makes 4 slices)

1 Block vegan puff pastry (approx 500g)

Vanilla Custard (filling)
1/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1-1/2 cups vegan milk
1 tbsp. margarine
1 teas. vanilla

Icing
roughly 200g Icing Sugar
about 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
Water (only enough to make a thick, but still spreadable, icing)
Few squares of dark chocolate, melted.

Roll the pastry out to about 15inch x 15 inch, mark 8 rectangles off prior to baking (makes it easier to get a clean cut when cooked), prick well with a fork and bake at gas mark 5 until just starting to turn light golden brown. Cut rectangles out of pastry and put on a cooling rack to cool.

To make the vanilla filling, combine sugar, salt and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add milk and whisk together. Bring the mixture to a light boil over medium heat while whisking constantly. Lower to a simmer and whisk until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add margarine and vanilla. Pour into a bowl and let cool, stirring every few minutes. Filling will continue to thicken as it cools. Leave until cold.

Assemble pastry slices with custard filling in middle.

Put icing sugar, vanilla essence in bowl, add in cold water a bit at time until you’ve got a smooth, thick, icing. Spread icing on top of vanilla slice.

Drizzle chocolate in lines across top of icing and ‘feather’ using cocktail stick or skewer.

Chill for a while and then eat!

Hot Cross Buns

Filed under: only vegan food — by debs @ 4:15 pm

Made using Cherrys recipe at http://www.parsleysoup.co.uk – it’s in the Easter section.
Hot Cross Buns

but with a couple of adjustments, I had no citrus peel so subbed a Tblsp of Organic Marmalade instead, and I also used some thinned down Marmalade as glaze as I didn’t have any demerara in that the recipe called for.

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Filed under: only vegan food — by debs @ 4:08 pm
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I came up with these at Easter, I couldn’t decide between making something chocolatey or making some cinnamon rolls so decided to combine the two.

Chocolate cinnamon rolls

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe as follows:-

Rolls

3/4 cup soymilk
2 tsp yeast
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tblsp Cocoa
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4tsp salt
4 Tblsp margarine

Heat soymilk until warm, sprinkle with yeast stir and set aside. Combine flour, sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, cocoa and salt. Rub in margarine until breadcrumby – add soymilk then knead and leave to rise (about 40 minutes)

Cinnamon filling

1/3 cup brown sugar
rest of cinnamon
1 Tblsp marg
1 Tblsp flour
about 75g plain choc, grated

Combine brown sugar, cinnamon and flour, rub in margarine then add in grated choc and give it a good mix.

Roll dough out into a rectangle, about 15 x 12 inches. Sprinkle chocolate mixture over dough. Roll up and cut into slices. Put slices in greased tin and leave to rise for about 1/2 an hour. Bake at gas mark 5 for about 20-25 minutes.

Glaze

icing sugar
soymilk
vanilla essence
1/2 bar Organica White Chocolate (optional)

Make a thickish glace icing using icing sugar, soymilk and vanilla. I melted half a bar of the organica white choc and added that as I wanted a chocolatey glaze and drizzle abundently over rolls.

Lovely when eaten warm (or hot as in my case when you’re too impatient to wait for them to cool down)

Hello and welcome…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by debs @ 3:59 pm

Welcome to my blog, the only vegan in the village – because sometimes that’s how it feels!

Anyway, the food part of this blog is hopefully to show that even if you live in a place where ‘specialized’ vegan foods are somewhat thin on the ground it IS still possible to make beautiful, delicious vegan food.

The other general part of the blog will be entirely food unrelated – just full of crap most probably.

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